Enjoy staying at home with Yorkshire Attractions’ roundup of weekly activities!

This week it’s Science Week!

We’re bringing you weekly ideas for activities themed around our attractions so you can be creative, learn and have lots of fun, all without leaving the house!

To keep your little scientists happy, our second theme is science! You may not be able to visit our science attractions at the moment, but don’t worry, we’ve got some super fun experiments you can do with things you’ll find in your house.

1. Hovercraft

You will need: CD, push up water bottle top/ top of washing up liquid bottle, balloon, glue

Instructions:
1. Glue the bottle top over the hole in a CD, blow up a balloon and fix it over the bottle top.
2. Put it on a flat surface and pull the bottle top to the open position.
3. Watch it hover as the air escapes!

The science behind it: The balloon acts as a pressurized gas chamber – when you open the cap the balloon forces air out through it, creating a thin cushion of air beneath the CD.

2. Germ Experiment

This is a great way of explaining that soap “chases away” germs when we wash our hands with soap.

You will need: Shallow dish, water, pepper, washing up liquid.

Instructions:
1. Fill a shallow bowl with about an inch of water and sprinkle pepper across the surface.
2. Put a small amount of washing up liquid on your finger and dip it in the water.
3. Watch as the pepper granules (or germs) float away!

The science behind it: Pepper is hydrophobic, which means it floats on water rather than mixes with it – this is due to the water’s surface tension. The soap breaks the tension, making the water move away from it, and as the pepper is floating on top of the water, it is carried away too!

3. Gravity Defying Water

You will need: Glass, water, thick paper or card, large container/sink/bath

Instructions:
1. Fill the glass with water until it reaches the top.
2. Place the paper on top, and move the glass over the container/sink/bath.
3. Place your hand on the top then flip the glass over.
4. When you move your hand away the paper – and the water – will stay in place!

The science behind it: It’s all about air pressure. The air pushing up from underneath the paper is strong enough to carry the weight of the water and stop the card from dropping.

4. Oobleck – the goo that is both solid and liquid!

You will need: 1 cup water, 1 to 2 cups of cornflour, food colouring (optional)

Instructions:
1. Mix the water and cornflour together, adding the flour a spoon at a time                                                                                                                                                                   2. add the food colouring if using.
2. Now play! If you squeeze it, jab it or quickly run your fingers through it will feel solid. If you run your fingers through it slowly or let it let it ooze out through your fingers , it will feel like a liquid!

The science behind it: Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid which means it does not behave in the same way as ‘normal’ liquids like water. It acts like a liquid when poured but a solid when a force is acted upon it.

5. Jumping Frogs

You will need: Balloon, thin paper or tissue, woolly jumper or your own head.

Instructions:
1. Cut the paper into frog shapes.
2. Blow up your balloon and rub it on your jumper or hair.
3. Place the balloon near your frogs and watch them jump!

The science behind it: Rubbing the balloon charges it with static electricity, which attracts the frogs and makes them jump up to the balloon. They will stick until the charge wears off.

Interact with our science attractions from the comfort of your own home!