Fun Science Experiments To Do At Home With Kids

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Over the summer we still did homeschooling but with a light schedule. I incorporated some Science experiments into our learning. Most of my kids are visual learners so doing experiments was definitely up their alley. Our Science week included all hands on activities which kept my kids attention.  I used a book called Science Projects for the below experiments.

 

Day 1

science experiment skin

Ever wonder how polar bears survive while they swim in freezing cold waters? They can because the water is made of molecules that stick together tightly. Oils from their fur allow the molecules to not absorb into their skin. The oil  molecules are are arranged differently from water so when they are together oil molecules do not dissolve.

 

Drizzle the kids hands with the oil and rub them together. Turn on the cold water and let the water run over their hands. In this experiment the water will roll off the oily hands making them “invisible skin” instead of washing the oil off. The water molecules stick to the other water molecules instead of grabbing onto the oil molecules. 

 

 

Materials needed for this experiment:

4-6 drops of vegetable oil

Running water

Liquid hand soap

 

 

Day 2

science experiment goo

What kid doesn’t like to get messy? The particles of the cornstarch in the Goo are too large to dissolve in the water so as it is mixed with the water slimy strings of “Goo” form.  The final result is is what kids love to play with!  Pour the cornstarch in a bowl and then slowly pour in 1/2 cup of water in the bowl. Next add the food coloring then kids can use their hands to squish the mixture together. My kids liked playing with it and squishing it around.

 

Materials needed for this experiment:

1 cup of cornstarch

1/2 cup of water

Food coloring

Mixing bowl

 

Day 3

science experiment balls

Whenever things rub together their surfaces grab each other due to friction. This “grabbing” slows the object down when it glides against another object.  Put 2 balls together; 1 with a smooth surface and 1 that has a fuzzy texture. Which one will spin faster? (The smooth one)

 

Materials needed for this experiment:

Bowl of water

Smooth rubber or plastic ball

Tennis ball

 

Day 4

science experiment magic money

When air gets warmer it expands to fill space so what happens when it gets cooler? It takes up less space.  Put an empty soda bottle in the freezer without the cap for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes wet the quarter. Next take the bottle and put it on a flat surface. Then immediately cover the opening of the soda bottle with the quarter. As the air expands in the bottle the quarter clicks against the soda bottle each time the air pushes it out of the way, once the air has escaped the slicking when stop.

 

Materials needed for this experiment:

1 quarter

Freezer

Water

2-liter plastic soda bottle

 

Day 5

science experiment colors

Make primary colors run into each other to make new colors instantly!  Fill the bowl with skim milk, gently add the food color drops spaced apart at the edge of the bowl. Then slowly pour a few drops of dish soap in the middle of the bowl. Then watch instantly how fast the food coloring drops moves.  Milk too has molecules so they stick closely to the food coloring.  When the liquid soap is adding to the milk and food coloring it pulls the milk molecules apart so that the surface tension is weakened. When the colors mix you will see new color form! 

 

Materials needed for this experiment:

Cereal bowl

Skim milk

Food coloring – red, blue and yellow

1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent

 

I video taped this experiments however, it is not the best video – the baby was sitting on my lap! 

 

What fun Science experiments have you done with your kids at home? 

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Comments

  1. When my Daughter was younger, we used to do a few experiments at home. LOL, not all of them turned out so well. Some, I would never do again. You found some fun ones.

  2. I love these ideas. My kids love doing projects like this.

  3. We haven’t done a science experiment with the kids in ages!
    I find I learn so much when we do and the questions they come up encourage me to learn more too.

  4. My kiddos and I love to do fun science themed projects at home! These are some cute ideas that I know my kids would have fun doing…love the crashing colors idea!

  5. What a fun way to learn about science. I would love to do this with my kids.

  6. Homemade goo looks like fun! My daughter loves things like this.

  7. Now these are some awesome experiments – Science can be so much fun. x

  8. Catherine S says:

    These are all great experiments. I will have to do a couple with my niece when she comes over.

  9. These would be a lot of fun to try out. That experiment with the quarter is pretty clever!

  10. I did the home-made goo and it’s so much fun! This is great for infants who are just discovering textures

  11. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Science experiments can be fun and educational at the same time. Yours sound very cool.

  12. Oh what fun! My kids love science type things we do, so I’m really sure they’d love these. I love the food coloring one that would probably be a fave!

  13. Love your ideas, will definitely try those with my son!

  14. ha this is right up my alley! We love to do science experiments at home. Those are fun for the grown-ups too. πŸ˜‰

  15. We LOVE science projects!!! Pinned for us to do. These make perfect weekend fun when the weather is bad.

  16. Debbie Denny says:

    These are all so cool. I have not done that quarter one.

  17. These are cool activities that our kids can do at home. It helps them learn more about the amazing wonders of science. Thanks for sharing!

  18. These experiments are awesome for teaching kids science concepts at home. I love that they are visual and hands-on.

  19. These are such fun experiments! My oldest son would love to do all of them. Maybe we’ll do them before he starts school to get him in a learning mood. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I liked Math more than Science but if I did these experiments when I was little, I would have had a change of heart. These make appreciating a lot of Science concepts easier.

  21. These are fun experiments you can do with your kids. My girls would love to do all these.

  22. Will share with my daughter for future ideas with my granddaughter! Thanks

  23. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These are all fun experiments to do with the kids. Our favorite was the milk and food coloring.

  24. Elizabeth O. says:

    Aww, I’d love to do the crashing colors, if only my kids are still up for it. Hehe. They’re a bit old for these experiments, but it sure looks so fun! I hope you guys enjoyed.

  25. These are great experiments! Kids will be impressed by this.

  26. I used to looooove the goop when I was a kid, and am totally looking forward to making it with my son when he gets older!

  27. We love hands-on science experiments. The children were so amused by the milk experiment when we did it last year. Did you know you can get a different reaction with whole milk than you do with skim milk. We tried both just to check it out. We love playing in goo type stuff too. We made Oobleck earlier this year, that was fun! Gotta try some of your other ideas. Feel free to stop by Littles Learning Link Up and share. This week post will go live tomorrow morning.
    Have a great night.

    • I did not know that about the milk, We will have to try it again with whole milk! Thank you for telling me!

  28. These are all great experiments. I used to do things like this with my daughter all the time. I like to think that’s why she’s so into STEM now. =D

  29. My daughter just loves to do science experiments, because science is her favorite subject. I am sure she would have a blast making the goo!

  30. Danielle K says:

    These are all so cool! I’m always looking for fun ways to incorporate science into our play at home so I’ll definitely have to try some of these.

  31. We’ve made goo before, and it’s so much fun. I can’t wait to try the other experiments with my kids.

  32. Stephanie says:

    My son loves it when we do science experiments together! I haven’t done the first one with him, so we will plan this for tomorrow! Thanks for the great ideas!

  33. Birdiebee says:

    These look like fun. I will have to try them with the grandkids on a rainy or snowy day.

  34. We love science experiments! The Day 5 one is one of our favorites!

  35. These experiments look great! Thanks for sharing at the Favorite Things Friday link up.

  36. J Mama Bee says:

    Visiting from Weekly Wrap-up. Those are some great experiments. I’ll have to try some with my kids.

  37. We’ve done a lot of these. We took the oil experiment one step farther and sprinkled cinnamon on their hands to mimic germs and learned proper hand washing techniques.

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