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Whether you’re looking for a weekend activity or the kids are out of school for a while and need some educational entertainment, we’ve got you covered with this fun list of easy experiments for kids. We know that it’s challenging to get out right now, so these experiments can be done with common ingredients and materials that you already have at home.
Easy Experiments for Kids
Since you probably have everything you need, choose one from the list to do today! It’s a great way to blend fun and science together for memorable lessons that are easy to understand for kids of all ages.
Easy Science Experiments to do at Home
Here are our picks for easy experiments for kids that can be done at home!
Ice and Salt Science Experiment from Typically Simple: This STEAM activity is perfect for summer, but you can do it any time of year. Learn how salt can melt ice with this fun activity. Salt lowers the freezing point of water, so the areas of the ice with lots of salt will melt faster. Food coloring just adds to the fun!
Walking Water Science Experiment from Messy Little Monster: Using paper towels, food coloring, and water, you can create a walking water experiment that’s so fascinating to watch. It allows children to see and understand how primary colors mix together as the colored water travels up the paper towels.
Magic Milk Science Experiment from Natural Beach Living: Create lots of swirly, twirly colors with this easy experiment using milk, food coloring, dish soap, and q-tips. Your kids will love this so much they’ll ask to do it again and again. Do a rainbow of colors, or adapt the colors to holidays or themes, such as red and blue for the 4th of July.
Egg Sink or Float Experiment from Kindergarten Worksheets and Games: Two eggs, two jars, and some salt are all you need to do this sink or float experiment. Kids will be fascinated that salt makes the eggs float, and it’s a great way to introduce the topic of density.
Melting Rainbow Preschool Science Experiment from Darcy & Brian: This rainbow-themed experiment is easy to set up using everyday household items. Baking soda and vinegar experiments are always fun, but with this one with colors is extra appealing to little ones.
Lava Lamp Science Experiment from Steamsational: You’ll use Alka Seltzer to provide the chemical reaction for this experiment. Alka Seltzer contains baking soda and citric acid, which react together when added to water. As the bubbles travel to the oil in the water, it looks like a lava lamp.
Static Electricity Butterfly Experiment from I Heart Crafty Things: This activity is a craft and an experiment in one. Make a beautiful butterfly with tissue paper wings. Create static electricity with the balloon, and see how it makes the butterfly’s wings move. This experiment is perfect for preschoolers, but older kids will enjoy it, too.
Glitter Germy Hands Experiment from The Soccer Mom Blog: It’s so important—especially now—to teach kids about germs on their hands. This glitter hands experiment makes it easy for kids to understand how invisible germs cling to our hands, and how crucial proper handwashing and hygiene is to staying healthy.
Colorful Candy Science from 123 Homeschool 4 Me: Playing with your food is fun for kids, but playing with candy is even better! You’ll use Skittles, M&Ms, and/or lollipops along with warm water to study color stratification.
Red and Blue Food Coloring Race from A Little Pinch of Perfect: Demonstrate how water molecules move more quickly in hot water than in cold water using food coloring. While you can use any colors you like, using red for the hot water and blue for the cold water helps kids easily differentiate between the two.
We hope you enjoy this list of easy experiments for kids. Which ones will you try first?
More Fun Activities for Kids
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