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Easy Outdoor Science Experiments For Kids


Sun-Baked

If you stay out in the sun too long, will your skin become sun-baked? Too much sun exposure can be unhealthy. There's an easy way to see the effect of the sun's rays -- without sacrificing your own skin.

Try this experiment, which uses soft leather scraps. Before you begin, take four scraps of leather and staple them to a block of wood. The leather is going to act as your "skin" for this experiment.

What You'll Need:

  • Soft leather scraps
  • Block of wood
  • Stapler
  • Sunscreen
  • Baby oil
  • Water

How to See If Your Skin Would Be Sun-Baked:

Step 1: Rub a thick layer of sunscreen across the top of one strip, rub baby oil over the second strip, and pour water on the third. Leave the fourth one natural.

Step 2: On a hot summer day, take the strips of leather outside and leave them in the sun.

Step 3: On the next hot, sunny day, reapply the sunscreen, baby oil, and water, and repeat the process. Keep doing this every hot, sunny day.

Step 4: At the end of the summer, closely examine how the strips of leather held up. Now imagine that the leather is your own skin.

When the sun's not shining, you can still have fun with an outdoor experiment. Keep reading to learn about a rainy-day activity.

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