Shoestring Parenting (or anyone who shares their lives with children) - Hunkin's Experiments

Do you have children in you life? Are you a parent, grandparent, teacher, homeschooler, neighbor, babysitter, aunt, uncle? No matter what our station in life it seems that there are always children about somewhere. Which means that almost everyone is faced upon occasion with the question, "What can we do to entertain these kids?" I know, for parents that is an everyday, minute by minute worrisome thought. Well, here is one solution to keep those wonderful little brains and hands busy - Hunkin's Experiments (over 200 home experiments).

The author of the site, Tim Hunkin ( is a trained engineer and cartoonist. He drew the cartoon the Rudiments of Wisdom for the Observer newspaper and then wrote and presented the television program, The Secret Life of Machines. Currently he works for museums building interactive displays and exhibits. Mr. Hunkin has put together a site with experiments that cover just about anything that an inquisitive kid could want to know (inquisitive adults, too). Accompanying each experiment is an imaginative cartoon that details the instructions. What makes this a wonderful shoestring activity is that almost all of the experiments use everyday household objects. No going to the store to buy extra stuff!
Some of the Experiment Catagories are:
Food experiments
Mathematical experiments
Biological experiments
Electrical experiments
Experiments in the office
Sound experiments
Hobbies experiments
Clothes experiments
Experiments with objects

Mr. Hunkins shows how to do the experiments but he doesn't explain the science behind them. If you are a homeschooler or public school teacher you'll have to do your homework to use this as a teaching tool or addition to your science curriculum. Otherwise, these are some cool and entertaining activities to fill a rainy day and get our brains, both young and old, working beyond TV and video games.
Haven't you ever wondered how to - balance a chair on a broomstick? get an apple into a milk bottle? do Russian multiplication? pull a string through your neck? use a watch as a compass?
change the color of a goldfish?......

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