When you think backyard, you think playing, relaxing and grilling, right? But this summer, think “testing hypotheses” too. We couldn’t think of a better area than your spacious, self-cleaning (thanks, rain!) yard to set up experiments all summer long. Flip through to find one to try!

A Slam Dunk

This sweet experiment will leave your Little wondering how the paper towel stayed dry… even after she dunks it in water. Psst… the secret’s in the air trapped inside the cup. But don’t take our word for it. Get the low down on how to run the experiment yourself at Simple Play Ideas.

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

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Which one of these experiments looks fun to you? Leave your pick in a comment below. 

—Allison Sutcliffe