6 Best Science Experiments at Home for Kids During Summer
Science can be an intimidating subject for kids. Whether it’s studying theory in school for biology or chemistry, sometimes science can make your head spin, even as adults. Science doesn’t have to be a subject you study only in the classroom or the lab. Parents can organise fun science experiments at home for kids with materials lying around in the house too.
The best science experiments at home for kids are the ones that will make your kids go WOW! Keeping your kids entertained at home can be a challenging task. So, planning out a schedule with fun activities is a great idea for parents. Science experiments at home is one such activity where your kids are not only having fun but also learning at the same.
Banyan Tree Kidz has created a list of the best science experiments at home for kids. Engage with your kid through play and learning with the help of science.
Easy Science Experiments for Kids
1. DIY Lava Lamp: Making a DIY lava lamp is just a matter of collecting different household items for this experiment. You will need - a jar, 2 tablespoons baking soda, baby oil/cooking oil to fill the jar, 2 tablespoons vinegar, food colouring for that pop of colour and a flashlight! You can find the steps to this experiment on our DIY lava lamp blog.
2. Water Walking: Get six glasses of water for this science experiment - three with clear water and the remaining three with different food colouring. Arrange the containers in a circle, alternating the coloured and clear containers. Get folded paper towels and make bridges between the containers. Your kids will be amazed to see the coloured water “walking” over the bridges into the clear containers which leads to mixing of the colours. This experiment will get them a look at the magic of capillarity.
3. Sundial: For this science experiment at home, you will need a stick, a paper plate and a marker. This low-prep science experiment will teach your kids about the Earth’s rotation. Mark the position of the stick’s shadow every hour which shows your kids about the Earth’s rotation. Check your sundial the next day and you’ll see that it will show accurate time.
4. Dancing Raisins: Clear soda, a glass of water, and a handful of raisins will leave your kids in awe! Place the raisins in each glass and watch how the raisins dance in the glass with clear soda. This is because the gas bubbles from the soda carry the raisins upwards. A simple science experiment at home that will teach your kid about buoyancy.
5. Mold Science: This grossly fascinating science experiment to do at home shows kids the effect of growing mold on bread. Use different additives like salt, vinegar to show the decaying mold on bread. You can use this science experiment to teach your kids about hygiene. Show them how mold grows on bread that's been touched by hands that have been washed with soap and water, cleansed with hand sanitizer, or not washed at all. That'll get them to scrub for 20 seconds.
6. Sink of Float: Teach kids about the foundation of density with this easy science experiment. You will need two large containers of water (you can even use your bathtub for this one), small items from around the house and a piece of pen and paper. Have your containers with water ready and ask your kids to gather small items from around the house in order to see if the items will sink or float. Before they test the items in water, have your kids write a list of the objects on a piece of paper and ask them to predict if they will sink or float. When you test out each item, compare it with your kid’s list. This is a great way to teach them about science. Finally, encourage your kids to gather more things from around the house that they think will sink or float.
7. Static Electricity Hair: Teach your kid about static electricity with this easy, no-mess science experiment! Trust us, we as adults love this one too. Get an inflated balloon and rub the surface of the balloon with a piece of cloth for at least 40 seconds. Then, hold the balloon a short distance above your head and watch your head stick to it. Teach your kids about negative and positive electrons with this science experiment at home.
8. LEGO Boats: Teach your kids about engineering and design by putting those LEGO bricks that are lying around your house to use! Challenge your kids to build their own boat out of LEGO bricks with a certain number of pieces. Once they have finished building their boat, put the boats to the test in a tub of water. Talk to your kids about how weight and design are crucial in engineering.
Hands-on learning is a great approach for a subject like Science. STEAM education is a great way to teach your kids about science as it helps them critically think, use analytical skills and overall help with cognitive development. Our Science Kits include different DIY science experiments that make learning fun for kids. Take advantage of your young kid’s innate curiosity and encourage them to learn and innovate.
These science experiments for kids at home are some of the best ways to keep your kid occupied and at the same time learn and innovate. Science experiments such as LEGO boats, Water Walking teach your kids about the foundation of daunting subjects such as engineering and chemistry. These science experiments are a great way to introduce science to kids. The best part of the above science experiments are that they are accessible as many of them require only household products, they don’t seem like schoolwork even though kids are learning a lot through these experiments and lastly, they also allow you to spend quality time with your kids. Learning never stops for any of us and our kids remind us of that everyday.