Spooky Science Fun

Spooky Science Fun, The Goddard School®

By Lee Scott

Contributing Writer and Goddard School Educational Advisory Board Member

Fall has certainly arrived, and pumpkins are everywhere. Families are planning costumes for Halloween parties and decorating their homes. We thought it would be fun to provide a couple of spooky science experiments that are easy to do at home in keeping with the “spirit” of the occasion. Children love to get messy, and these hands-on activities will tap into their curiosity while they are learning.

Spooky Volcano – You will need a soda can or bottle, modeling clay, paper, vinegar, dark food coloring, dish soap and baking soda.

  1. Cover the bottle with the paper and the clay. Leave a hole at the top. Let it dry.
  2. Add one cup of vinegar, a few drops of the food coloring and a tablespoon of dish soap to the bottle.
  3. Put a tablespoon of baking soda in a bit of paper towel and push it into the can. The spooky volcano will erupt once the paper breaks down. Spooky!

Magic Images – You’ll need white paper, watercolor paints, paintbrushes and a white crayon.

  1. Your children can draw a scary face or pumpkins on the paper with the crayon.
  2. You can make a few more by drawing a witch or a ghost.
  3. Swap drawings, and have the other person paint over the paper with watercolors.
  4. The scary images will appear!

Ask questions while trying out these experiments.

  • What did we see?
  • What do you think will happen?
  • How can we experiment with the volcano or the paint?
  • What happened in our experiment?

Asking these questions while you experiment will support your children’s scientific-thinking skills.