Have you ever seen the look of pure joy and excitement on a child’s face as they are watching something amazing? I see such fantastic expressions on my children’s faces when they are doing any type of science!
Exploring science with kids can be such a wonderful way to help instill a love of learning in your child. Children LOVE to explore the world around them and watch amazing and surprising things happen. Providing opportunities for science play and exploration also helps kids learn to make predictions and reflect on their discoveries.
Setting up opportunities for your child to explore science doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Here are 1o of our favorite science activities for kids that are super easy to set up at home!
Chromatography Butterflies: This is such a simple, but very surprising science experiment! Instead of mixing colors, you’ll be separating colors. The colorful results end up being the perfect material to make some beautiful butterflies!
Dancing Raisins: For this experiment you only need a few items from your kitchen. Lucy and Theo both LOVED this science demonstration, and it really encouraged Lucy to come up with many of her own theories to test out.
How Many Paperclips?: This is a fun science experiment for the kids to try with some surprising results! This science activity for kids only requires a few things you most likely already have on hand.
Exploring Sound by Making a Kazoo: Making a kazoo is a great way to combine learning with art and music! And the best part is you are reusing old materials instead of throwing them away.
Exploring Sound with a Hanger: This is another experiment on sound. All you will need is a hanger, some string, and some curiosity!
Baggie and Pencil Magic: This was one of my favorite science demonstrations to do as a classroom teacher. My kids were just as enthralled with it at home as my students used to be.
Colorful Chemical Reactions: Who doesn’t love baking soda and vinegar experiments? Lucy had a blast creating her own chemical reactions full of color!
Make a Penny Turn Green: Here’s another chemical reaction involving vinegar. This science experiment is a great way to demonstrate why The Statue of Liberty is green.
Sink or Float: Children of any age really enjoy experimenting with sinking and floating. We took this activity outside so we could fully enjoy it without worrying about any mess.
Birdwatching Printable Book: We absolutely love birdwatching! Print out your own birdwatching book to keep at home or bring with you on road trips or walks to record all the birds you see!
What are some of your favorite simple science experiments?