Eight Thrilling And Educative Science Experiments For Kids!
- Updated on 12 Jul 2022
- Child Learning
- Mautushi Paul
- 4 mins read
Kids and parents have always enjoyed science experiments. There’s something fascinating and mysterious about watching a chemical reaction or seeing how a plant grows. And who can resist the excitement of making something explode? These days, with all the cool tools we have for capturing images and videos, science experiments are even more fun than ever! Here are some of our favorite science experiments that both kids and parents will love. Try them at home!
8 Science Experiments for Kids!
1. DIY Lava Lamp
You probably remember lava lamps from your childhood – they’re retro, funky, and just cool. Making your own lava lamp is a fun science experiment that kids will love. All you need is a clear jar, some vegetable oil, water, food colouring, and an Alka-Seltzer tablet. The process is very simple. All you need to do is add the oil and water to the jar, then add a few drops of food colouring. Once you drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet into the mixture, watch as the “lava” starts to flow!
2. Elephant’s Toothpaste
This experiment is always a huge hit with kids – who doesn’t love foamy “toothpaste” spewing forth from a tube? The best part is that it’s safe and non-toxic, so kids can help with the entire process. You’ll need hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, dry yeast, and a funnel. Simply mix the hydrogen peroxide and dish soap in a bottle, add a tablespoon of dry yeast to the mixture and watch as the “toothpaste” starts flowing!
3. Rainbow Jar
You’ll need a clear jar, water, food colouring, and vegetable oil. Start by adding water to the jar, then add drops of different colours of food colouring. Next, carefully pour in the vegetable oil – it should float on top of the water. As the kids watch, they’ll see the different colours start to layer on top of each other, creating a rainbow effect. This experiment is not only beautiful, but it’s also a great way to teach kids about density.
4. Walking Water
This super easy experiment produces pretty results – kids will love watching the water “walk” across the paper towels! All you need is some food colouring, clear glasses or jars, and paper towels. Simply wet the paper towels and lay them on a tray or plate. Add a few drops of food colouring to each glass, then carefully pour the coloured water onto different parts of the paper towel. The water will “walk” across the paper towel and mix to create new colours.
5. Magically Disappearing Milk
This is such a fun science experiment for kids – they’ll love watching the milk “disappear” right before their eyes! All you need is some milk, a bowl, dish soap, and a cotton swab. Simply pour the milk into the bowl, and add a few drops of dish soap to the cotton swab. Then, touch the soapy cotton swab to the surface of the milk, and watch as the milk starts to “disappear”! The dish soap breaks up the surface tension of the milk, causing it to disperse in the bowl. If you want to take this experiment one step further, try adding food colouring to the milk before you start. You’ll see the colours disperse and mix together as the milk “disappears”!
You can’t have a list of science experiments for kids without a volcano! This classic experiment is always a hit, and it’s super easy to set up. All you need is some baking soda, vinegar, a small container, and red food coloring (optional). Simply add a few spoonful’s of baking soda to your container and a few drops of red food colouring. Add vinegar to the mixture, and watch as your volcano erupts!
7. Dancing Oobleck
Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, which means it acts like a liquid when there isn’t any force applied to it, but acts like a solid when force is applied. This strange behaviour is due to the properties of the cornstarch and water mixture. When you mix cornstarch and water together, the cornstarch particles suspend themselves in the water. And when you apply pressure to Oobleck, the cornstarch particles push back against your hand, and the mixture acts like a solid. When you stop applying pressure, the cornstarch particles settle back into the water, and the mixture becomes liquid again.
8. Solar pressure cooker
A solar cooker is a device that uses the energy of direct sunlight to heat up food or water. The operation of a solar cooker is effortless. It works because light from the sun is composed of photons, particles of solar energy. Photons are absorbed by dark surfaces, converting their energy into heat. When this happens, the temperature of the surface increases. A solar cooker traps sunlight inside a cooking chamber and uses reflective surfaces to direct more sunlight into the chamber. The cooking chamber is usually insulated to help keep the heat in. Solar cookers can reach temperatures between 200-300 degrees Fahrenheit (93-148 degrees Celsius).
Whether you’re a parent who is looking for some fun science experiments to do with your kids, or you simply want to be better equipped to answer their questions about the world around them, we hope this article has been helpful. We’ve shared some of our favourite science experiments that are both educational and entertaining for children of all ages. And while performing these experiments will undoubtedly add a few more items to your “to-do” list, we think it will be well worth the effort. After all, what could be more rewarding than seeing the look of wonder on your child’s face when they finally understand how magnets work or why water can flow uphill? As always, we encourage parents to get involved in their child’s learning as much as possible. Not only will this make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved, but it will also give you a chance to bond with your little ones while they’re exploring the world around them. If you have any questions or would like to share your own favourite science experiments, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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