Children are naturally inquisitive, so these easy Science experiments are a great way to inspire some interesting discussions whilst having some fun!
Here are 10 simple experiments using what you have at home…
Try the bread test
This is a good one to complete at the moment – to show children the importance of washing their hands. Just grab three pieces of bread and rub one with unwashed hands, another with freshly washed hands and another once you’ve used hand sanitiser. Pop into labelled bags or foil and leave for a week or two. You’ll be amazed at the results!
Make your own volcano
Finn loves this one, but it’s best done outside unless you want a big mess to clean up, so take this one to the garden! Simply combine vinegar, washing up liquid and bi-carb to get a brilliant, explosive reaction – all of the info that you’ll need is on the Cbeebies website.
Kids love slime, so if the little ones are bored, this simple slime recipe will probably go down well. Bi-carb and PVA glue are the key ingredients for this one. For the full instructions, head over to the BBC website to find out how to make your own slime.
Explore liquid density
Create your own rainbow density cylinder with any liquids you have available at home. I love this experiment – it’s a really easy way to show children that not all liquids are the same, and to explore the concept of density. Kiwico explain it best – so head over to their website to find out how to get started.
Make a toy parachute
This activity is great fun, and there are lots of variables to test – such as the size of the parachute or the weight of the toy attached. Get the kids to time and compare which parachute designs take the longest to fall – all of the info needed for this one is over on the sciencekids website.
Create your own lava lamp
The lava lamp experiment is so easy and good fun – it provides a great chance to talk about chemical reactions too. Everything you’ll need is explained on the fun-science website, so have a go!
Just doing a bit of baking can open up the opportunity to talk about the importance of chemical reactions in cooking, as well as reversible and irreversible changes. For example, once the cake is cooked you can’t get the ingredients back to their original state.
The celery experiment
This experiment is a really simple way to show children how water travels through plants to help them grow. All you need is celery and food colouring, so this one is super simple to try. Everything you need to know can be found on the kccg website.
Investigate friction with toy cars
This is great fun and can be done with any materials that you have at home. Use different surfaces to make ramps for the kid’s toy cars, and time how long they take to slide down. It’s a really simple way to demonstrate friction. Otago Museum has lots of ideas on materials.
Grow a bean
If you’re planting up veggies this spring, keep a bean aside and put it into a clear jar or cup to watch how the roots develop and grow. All you need to get it started is a damp napkin or paper towel. All the details can be found on the science-sparks website.