5 Awesome Backyard Activities & Experiments You Have To Try This Summer

Published Jul 8, 2019

Try these awe-inspiring experiments to have some cheap fun in your own backyard. Your kids will love concocting these and playing with them, we promise.

It's not easy to always be on the go. Why not bring the fun to you?

Here's some awesome experiments you can do on your own that are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.

1. GIGANTIC Bubbles

When you have bubbles 10 times the size of a regular bubble, you have 10 times the fun! Try this bubble mixture and turn your backyard or any outdoor space into a bubble-making-machine.



What you need:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dish detergent (we used Dawn Original and it worked great, but likely all brands will work)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Glycerine (available in pharmacies and craft stores)
  • 2 straws (per bubble maker)
  • 30 inches of cotton string (per bubble maker)

How to get it set up:

  1. Dissolve cornstarch in the water by stirring it together
  2. Slowly stir in the rest of the ingredients
  3. Let mixture sit for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally
  4. While that's sitting, string the two straws onto your cotton string and tie it into a knot to create a full loop, pull the straws away from eachother, and these will act as your handles
  5. Once the mixture is ready, dip your contraption and create massive bubbles!


2. Rainbow Soap Foam

Bring a splash of colour to your day! Whether in the bath tub, or in a large tub/container, this is really exciting for the kids and SUPER easy to do. 



What you need:

  • 2 tbsp dish soap
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Food colouring or liquid watercolours
  • A mixer

How to get it set up:

  1. Add the dish soap, water, and food colouring in a bowl
  2. Mix on the highest speed for 1-2 minutes (until it becomes the desired foamy texture)
  3. Scoop into your tub or container, and repeat as necessary


3. Beautiful Sunprints

Collect leaves, flowers, seashells, anyting from nature to make a cool art project inspired from Mother Nature herself. One of our favourites is sunprinting.



What you need:

  • You can pick up this special paper at stores like Walmart, Michaels, or order them online from their website Sunprint Kits
  • Water
  • Optional: Acrylic pressing sheet
  • Leaves, flowers, shells, or even pencils and sunglasses, anything you want!
  • A sunny space

How to get it set up:

  1. Lay the special paper in a sunny spot on your patio or driveway
  2. Place your items that you want to turn white onto the paper quickly
  3. For best results, you can use an acrylic pressing sheet over top to keep it in place and create sharper edges (but not required)
  4. Wait and watch as the blue turns to white! In direct sunlight this can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes, with full cloud cover it could take up to 20 minutes
  5. Transfer your print to water for at least 1 minute
  6. Lay it somewhere to dry. For best results, lay it on top of something absorbent (paper towel, cardboard, for examples)


4. Elephant's Toothpaste

A kid-safe version of the very popular Exploding Toothpaste experiment!



What you need:

  • Empty plastic bottle
  • Paper cup
  • Some sort of tray or cookie sheet
  • Liquid dish soap (2 tbsp)
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide (1 cup)
  • Dry yeast (2 packets)
  • Food colouring (your choice of colours!)

How to get it set up:

  1. Pour 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide into your empty bottle (a funnel helps if you have one)
  2. Add 2 tbsp liquid dish soap to the bottle and mix it well
  3. Put 8-10 drops of food colouring into the bottle and swirl it to mix
  4. Place the bottle in the middle of your tray
  5. Pour the 2 packets of yeast into the bottle while swirling the liquid
  6. Mix contents together really well (the better it's mixed, the better the result!)
  7. Set the bottle down on the tray once you see foam emerging
  8. Watch the reaction happen!


5. DIY Lava Lamp



What you need:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Alka Seltzer tablets (available at most pharmacies)
  • Clear glasses (taller is better)

How to get it set up:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup of water with food colouring in a cup
  2. Fill one of your tall glasses to about 3/4 of the height with your vegetable oil
  3. Pour the coloured water into the glass until about 1-2 inches from the top
  4. Take turns adding small pieces of an Alka Seltzer tablet
  5. Watch your colourful blobs float to the top and bottom, acting like a lava lamp!




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August 2, 2018, 1:28 p.m. Flag

If you don't have special paper for the sun prints, you can do them with plain old construction paper. It'll take a bit longer - a few days - and won't quite the same contrast, but the sun will bleach the paper around your object, creating an image of the shape.

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