Kids love Hands-On activities and science kits are no exception. When you offer your children the opportunity to experiment with different things their Natural Curiosity will kick in and they’ll definitely enjoy it. Here are 11 fun science experiments for kids to do that both you and your child will enjoy.
- Making eggs float. Discover how to make an egg float by adding salt to water in a drinking glass. Explain to your child how saltwater is denser and therefore can make an egg float.
- Cooked or not? Show your child that you can tell if an egg is raw or boiled simply by spinning it. One will wobble while the other one doesn’t. The raw egg’s white and yolk will move around when it spins changing the center of gravity causing it to wobble.
- Create quicksand. With a mixture of maize corn flour and water, you can create quicksand. How fast do you stir will determine whether or not you get super slippery quicksand.
- Watch seeds grow. Children love plants and growing things. With just a little bit of fresh soil and some large seeds like pumpkin or sunflower seeds, you can watch these seeds grow quickly within a week’s time.
- Overflowing ice? Will the meltwater from an ice cube make a glass overflow? Fill a glass with warm water carefully place and Ice Cube inside see if it overflows when the ice cube melts. Hint: it won’t. Water molecules expand when they freeze.
- How balls bounce. Experiment with energy transfer by bouncing different size and shaved balls. Tennis, soccer, and basketballs are great to experiment with. Try bouncing the balls off each other and see what happens.
- Become a water-bender. Get a slow stream of water running from your tab. Using a plastic comb or an inflated balloon call or rub it against your hair several times to build up a static charge. Start getting the comb or balloon close to the stream of water and see what happens. You’re a water-bender!
- Water spinning. If a bucket goes over your head the water comes out right? Not always! Spin the water-filled bucket fast and centrifical force will keep it in the bucket and above your head at the same time.
- Crazy putty creation. With just a little bit of glue and some borax, you can create fun crazy putty that your children will love to make and play with. Simply add some water, food coloring, PVA glue (similar to Elmer’s), and a borax solution of about 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of water and you can create crazy putty.
- Got a microscope? Collect some water samples from dirty water found near ponds or plants. Take a peek under the microscope and see what kind of creatures you can find.
- Lava lamp fun. Create a simple lava lamp with a plastic bottle, vegetable oil, food coloring, water, and Alka-Seltzer or other fizzy tablets. Fill the bottle 1/4 of the way full of water and the rest with vegetable oil. When the water and oil are separated add in your food coloring. Break an Alka-Seltzer tablet into small pieces and drop one into the bottle. Enjoy the real-life lava lamp action beginning.
Let learning continue after school hours and during the summer by having fun with your child with these 11 experiments that will encourage your child to explore the world around them and develop a love of science. Let your child discover how much fun both science and leaning can be while conducting experiments with simple chemistry, biology, physics and more.