“The last months have presented us with completely new challenges. We spent a lot of time at home with the family. This was not always easy, but on the other hand, it was also an opportunity to reboot family life and do things together at home.”

Kerstin Beyer-Hans, Michèle Wegmann & Christel Möller

We created this page to show you a small selection of experiments and projects that members of the SNI team have done at home with (or without) their kids. Each contribution consists of a short video and simple written instructions that contain additional information. All that you need in order to do the projects and experiments yourself are commonly available household items. We are already working on new ideas to be added to the list on a regular basis. Please note that some of these videos and instructions are currently only available in German. We are busy working on English subtitles and translations of the texts. (Those with an English title already have subtitles. Be sure to click on the “subtitles/closed captions” icon on YouTube to display them.)

We’d love to include your ideas in our collection and see how you put our suggestions into practice, so please send us photos and videos of your favorite experiments and projects, or share your results with us (c.moeller@unibas.ch). A selection of the images and videos we receive will be showcased on this page.

If you have a little more time, you can also solve an imaginary criminal case. You can order the experiment set, which we will sent to you by mail (only available in German)

Have fun experimenting and we look forward to hearing from you!


Experiments for hot summer days

Farben

Which color to wear on a hot summer’s day

(video+instructions/explanation)

Eisschmelze

Fun with melting ice

(video+instruction/explanations)

Besondere Eiswürfel

Special ice cubes

(video+instruction/explanations)

Eis angeln

Melting ice with salt

(video+instruction/explanation)


Büroklammer

Floating paperclips!

(Video)


Mein Wasserläufer

My water strider

(video +Anleitung/Erklärung)


Mischungen

Lava lamp effect: Immiscible liquids part 1

Learn how to make your own lava lamp using basic kitchen
ingredients.

(video)


Muttertag

Marbled paper

(video)


Regrow

Re Grow – Folge 1 mit Lauch

(Video)


Regrow

Re Grow – Folge 2 mit Bundzwiebeln

(Video)


Papierblumen

Flowering paper flowers

(video)


Blaue Blume

White flowers made colorful

(video+instructions/explanation)


Videos showing experiments on many different topics

Candle reflections

(video)

DIY: Christmas cards and Christmas tree decorations

(video)

A Christmas-themed sonic pistol

(video + instructions/explanations)

Flame effects

(Video + instructions/explanation)

An underwater candle

(video + instructions/explanation)

Extinguishing candles with vinegar and baking powder

(video + instructions/explanation)

Candle seesaw

(video + instructions/explanation)

Candle holder

(video + instructions)

Proteine

Denaturing proteins

(Video + instructions)

Farben

Which color to wear on a hot summer’s day

(video + instructions/explanation)

Regrow

Re Grow – Folge 1 mit Lauch

(Video)

Regrow

Re Grow – Folge 2 mit Bundzwiebeln

(Video)

Elektromotoren

Elektromotoren

(Video + instructions/explanation)

Schraube wird zu Elektromagneten

Screw turns into electromagnet

(Video + Instructions/explanation)

Magnet

Fun with magnets I

(Video + Instructions/explanation)

Magnet

Fun with magnet II

(Video + Instructions/explanation)

Luftdruck Springbrunnen

Luftdruck-Springbrunnen

(Video)

Luft

Air is not nothing

(video + instructions/explanations)

Muttertag

Marbled paper

(video )

Magie Show

Magic Show

(video )

Schwimmende Schrift

Saying thanks with floating words

(video )

Papierblumen

Flowering paper flowers

(video )

Blaue Blume

White flowers made colorful

(video + instructions/explanation)

Chromatographie

Chromatography with colors

(video + instructions/explanation)

Chromatographie

Little presents made with chromatography

(video)

Kristall

Growing salt crystals

(video + instructions/explanation)

Schallpistole

Using a sonic pistol as a fire extinguisher

(video)

Schall 1

Jumping grains of salt: Making sound visible part I

(video)

Schall 2

All the things sound can do! Making sound visible part II

(video)

Schall 3

Fast light, slow sound

(video)

Büroklammer

Floating paperclips!

(Video)

Mein Wasserläufer

My water strider

(video + Anleitung/Erklärung)

Stromkreis

Electrical circuits

(video)

Elektrostatik

Static electricity

(video)

Eier färben

Dyeing eggs with natural colors

(video)

Eisschmelze

Marbled Easter eggs

(video)

Besonderes Osterei

Very special (Easter) eggs

(video + instruction/explanation)

Flaschenei

Egg in a bottle

(video + explanation/instruction)

Schweres und leichtes Wasser

Easter egg in “heavy” and “light” water

(video + Anleitung/Erklärung)

Kerzentrick

Candle trick

(video)

Eisschmelze

Fun with melting ice

(video + instruction/explanations)

Besondere Eiswürfel

Special ice cubes

(video+ instruction/explanations)

Eis angeln

Melting ice with salt

(video+ instruction/explanation)

magnetbahn

Make your own magnetic race track

On your marks, get set, go!

(video + Anleitung)

Mischungen

Lava lamp effect: Immiscible liquids part 1

Learn how to make your own lava lamp using basic kitchen ingredients.

(video)

Sauer neutral oder basisch

Acidic, neutral or alkaline: Experiments with red cabbage juice

This experiment teaches you how to find out whether different substances are acidic, alkaline or neutral using the juice from a red cabbage.

(video + instruction/explanation)

Rotkohl Indikator für Profis

Red cabbage indicator – advanced version

Taking the red cabbage experiment a step further.

(video + instruction/explanation)

Gefrorene Seifenblasen

Gefrorene Seifenblasen – eine coole Sache

(video)

More fascinating phenomena from the world of biology, chemistry and physics.

Frostschutzberegnung

NEW Getting clean without soap

(video)

Funktionseife

How does soap work?

(video)

A special exhibition on soap opened beginning of June 2020 at the Museum Burghalde in Lenzburg.
Was ist Seife?

What is soap, chemically speaking?

(video)

A special exhibition on soap opened beginning of June 2020 at the Museum Burghalde in Lenzburg.

Seifen Herstellung

How is soap made?

(video)

A special exhibition on soap opened beginning of June 2020 at the Museum Burghalde in Lenzburg.

Frostschutzberegnung

Icy armor for fruit trees

Icy armor – find out how these gorgeous icicles protect fruit trees from freezing temperatures.

(video)