July’s Backyard Adventure: Science Experiments

Science Experiment:  How to Make Fog
Willy Nilly & Thumper have seen a lot of unsettling weather while adventuring.

You can create fog yourself – right in your kitchen.
You will need:

  • glass jar
  • strainer
  • hot water
  • ice cubes

Fill up the glass jar with very hot water and let set for one minute.
Pour out almost all the water – leave about one inch of water in the jar.
Put the strainer over the top of the jar.
Place a few (3-4) ice cubes in the strainer.
Watch for fog!

The cold air from the ice cubes collides with the warm, moist air in the bottle causing the water to condense and form an eerie fog.

Science Experiment: How to Make a Rainbow
Willy Nilly & Thumper’s adventures can be scary. But like the rainbow at the end of a storm, our stories always have a happy ending.

You will need:

  • glass jar or large drinking glass
  • small mirror that will fit into the jar or glass
  • flashlight
  • dark room with white walls

Fill the jar or glass with water.
Place the mirror inside the water filled jar or glass.
Tile the mirror slightly upward.
In a very dark room with white walls, shine the flashlight onto the mirror.
A rainbow will appear!  (If no rainbow appears at first, change the angle of the light from the flashlight or change the angle of the mirror.)

The mirror reflects light that passes back through the water, traveling at an angle. The water bends, or refracts, the light. As the light bends, it separates into the colors of the rainbow…red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Read the Adventures of Willy Nilly & Thumper series to join in more fun adventures!