Seven Fun Science Experiments to Do at Home
There was once a time when the only types of indoor activities dreamed up by parents or grandparents amounted to reading, tv, or colouring/painting. Gone are those days.. though there are some exciting colouring, painting and crafting options.
But have you considered science adventures with your kids? And I don't just mean for boys. Disney's A Wrinkle in Time has certainly highlighted the amazing science abilities and potential of our girls. So here are some very simple ideas to start you thinking and working with science.
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Don't forget, there are fun science experiments you can do at home with children of all ages. It is just a question of gathering the supplies and making sure you pay attention to health and safety. Choose age-appropriate activities and watch your children’s love of science grow.
Your kids might also enjoy using a science recording worksheet to track and annotate their discoveries. Find it here: Free downloadable science experiment worksheet
There are some amazing books, too, like 23 Things to Do Before You Are 11 1/2: A practical step-by-step guide for things to make in your backyard, that would be helpful to encourage your kids to experiment and learn more .. and build some amazing family memories together.
Another great option is a regular box from KiwiCo filled with age-appropriate science fun and adventures.
1. Large Magnets
Get a number of magnets to illustrate attraction and repulsion. Make sure they are large enough so a child can’t swallow them. You can create a maze on a piece of paper or cardboard and place a metal object like a paperclip on top. Slide the magnet underneath to drive the paperclip through the maze. Check out the fun idea of this concept below. (Just a note: constantly remind your children that magnets should never be swallowed. They are a heath hazard. This is the reason the instructions note large magnets that cannot be swallowed.)
2. Coke Bottle Geyser
Get a 2-litre bottle of diet cola and a tube of mint Mentos candy. Go outside into an open space. Drop 7 Mentos into the bottle, preferable at the same time, and run away. Watch the soda shoot straight up out of the bottle like a geyser.
3. Invisible Ink
You will need half a fresh lemon, some water, a cotton bud, paper, and a lamp. Juice the lemon into the bowl and add a few drops of water. Dip the cotton bud into the lemon juice and write a message on the paper.
Wait for the juice to dry, so it becomes completely invisible. When you want to amaze people with the secret message, hold the paper close to the lamp or the bulb. The heat will make the writing appear.
You may find your kids will write secret notes and cryptic messages are you try this fun activity. There are books with invisible ink that you might find helpful to use following this activity and to extend the fun of invisible writing and messages.
4. Homemade Volcano
You will need a 25-ounce plastic bottle with the top cut off wide enough to place the ingredients inside. Place the bottle on top of a flower pot and surround it with dirt so that it does not wobble. Gather the following ingredients:
Add the soap and food colouring to the bottle. Add the vinegar. Pour in the water and fill the bottle almost to the top. Place the baking soda in a small cup and add a little of the water to it to moisten. Pour it into the bottle and step back. The contents will start to flow like lava out of a volcano.
And yes, you can make it more spectacular if you wish. Check out this amazing creation on the following YouTube clip:
5. Homemade Penicillin
Grow mold on bread by putting slices in different environments:
6. Homemade Slime
This fun, stretchy substance can occupy kids for hours. You will need:
And... in a similar vein, I've also just discovered a great recipe for wonderful, foaming 'elephant toothpaste'. How cool is that! Check it out.
7. Homemade Clouds and Rain
This will teach children how clouds hold water and how when they become too heavy, it starts to rain.
Squirt some shaving cream on top of the water in the vase. That will be your cloud. Pour the colored water into the vase carefully.
It will start to rain under the "cloud" as the cream gets to the point where it can’t hold any more water. The coloured water should make pretty patterns the kids will enjoy as well. Experiment with different colours to add interest.
All of these experiments are easy to do, and can stimulate kids to take a greater interest in the wonderful world of science.
(You might like to check out helpful, and amazing, science apps for your kids.)
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