Summer is a time for creativity and being outside. DK’s Eyewitness Explorer series is filled with great experiments that get kids thinking, engaged, and excited. This summer, help kids become expert stargazers with Night Sky Detective or top-notch wildlife detectives with Nature Ranger.
Here are two of DK’s favorite activities from the books. Each experiment has step-by-step instructions with accompanying photographs to help readers follow along. There is so much to discover this summer, and it is easy to do!
Try these two experiments at home today.
Night Sky Explorer
Make a simple balloon rocket using a plastic cup, scissors, 1 long balloon, 1 round balloon, and tape (or a paper clip).
Carefully cut the bottom out of the plastic cup before inserting the partially inflated long balloon through the cup, and then blow more air into the balloon to fully inflate it. Fold the balloon’s opening over the bottom of the cup and tape it into place.
Push the round balloon into the bottom of the cup and inflate it so it holds the first balloon closed. Aim your rocket toward the sky before removing the tape and releasing the balloon. How far did your rocket travel?
For a visual guide, download the spread to this experiment!
Study the intricate parts of flowers by drying them. To dry flowers, you will need heavy books (or wooden boards), blotting paper, tape (or white glue), and flowers. A plant guide is also useful to help you identify the flowers you have selected to preserve.
Once you have gathered flowers and identified them, carefully arrange them on a sheet of blotting paper and cover with another sheet. Place heavy books (or wood) on top of the flowers for about two weeks while the flowers’ moisture dries out. After two weeks, remove the weight and delicately remove your flowers from the blotting sheet and put them into your nature diary, holding them in place with tape or glue. Make sure to label them!
For a visual guide, download the step-by-step spread to drying flowers.