Hands-on-science activities to keep your kids busy this summer

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Noggin Builders owner, Amy Torf, shows us some fun activities using household products to engage kids even while they are on summer break.

Kick-off summer with these scientific art activities you can do at home!

Shaving Cream Prints


  • waxed paper
  • shaving cream
  • food coloring
  • craft stick
  • card stock
  • cardboard scrap with flat edge


  • Place a square of wax paper on a flat surface
  • Spread shaving cream over your wax paper, keeping it foamy with varied elevations
  • Drop several drops of coloring on the shaving cream
  • Use a craft stick to swirl the colors around; do not blend the colors entirely, you want to see the streaks
  • Place a sheet of white card stock right on top of the shaving cream and food coloring. Press it down lightly. Give it a few seconds to absorb the dye.
  • Pull the paper off and set it down. It will look like a big glob of shaving cream at this point.
  • Gently scrape off the shaving cream with the flat edge of the piece of cardboard.
  • There should be a surprise of marbled paper beneath. Blot off any remaining shaving cream with a paper towel, being careful not to smear the food coloring.

Salt Absorption Art


  • card stock
  • glue
  • tray
  • salt
  • pipette
  • food coloring


  • Make a design with the glue on the card stock.
  • Place the card with glue inside a tray (to contain the mess).
  • Sprinkle salt over the glue, covering the glue entirely. Shake the tray gently to help cover the glue.
  • Using a pipette, drop small amounts of color onto the salt.
  • Watch! The salt will “grab” the color.

POV Spinners


  • cardboard circles (2)
  • pencil
  • tape
  • markers


  • Think of two images to combine (ideas: fish in a bowl, animal in tree, person on chair…)
  • Draw one of the images on a circle; draw the other image on the other circle. Make sure the images are lined up.
  • Attach both circles to a pencil, parallel to the pencil and directly opposite each other. Make


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