5 Awesome Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home
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5 Awesome Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home

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5 Awesome Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home

It is in the nature of children to be curious and eager to experiment. Science can open up entire worlds of fun and excitement for children.

The cool thing about science is that it describes what’s happening around us, all the time. Sometimes, though, children find it hard to connect what they know about science to the real world.

These 5 awesome science experiments for kids to do at home are sure to delight them while nurturing a love for science. 

 

1. Homemade Slime

 

Kids and slimes go like burgers and fries. Making homemade slimes could not be easier either.

What You Need:

  • Glue
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Borax

Procedure:

  1. Prepare a bowl and fill it with water. The measurement doesn’t matter. You can always add more later when needed.
  2. Mix the glue with food coloring in another bowl to your desired effect. Make sure not to put too much or the glue will become too watery.
  3. Pour the glue and food coloring mixture into the bowl of water.
  4. Pour the borax into the water and mix until the slime forms. Feel free to add more until you get the consistency you want.

2. Lava Lamps

 

Lava lamps can be colorful, fun, and provide endless entertainment. Doesn’t it make sense to make one, then?

What You Need:

  • Alka-seltzer tablets
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Oil
  • Clear, cylindrical container

Procedure:

  1. Fill the cylindrical container with water up to an inch near the brim. 
  2. Pour in the oil and the food coloring.
  3. Crush the Alka-seltzer tablet and drop the pieces into the container.
  4. Watch as the water, oil, and food coloring particles shoot upward. 
  5. Place the cylindrical container over a light platform for better effect. 

3. Iceberg

In normal circumstances, you can only find icebergs in frozen oceans. With the help of science, you can bring these ice giants home.

What You Need:

  • Bottle of purified water
  • Ice
  • Bowl

Procedure:

  1. Put the bottle of purified water in the freezer and leave it there for two to three hours. Check from time to time to make sure it hasn’t frozen.
  2. Once the water in the purified water is close to freezing, take it out.
  3. Place a chunk of ice in a bowl.
  4. Pour the chilled water on the ice and watch it freeze.
  5. Stack the frozen water as high or as wide as you want.

4. Dancing Iron Filings

Playing with magnets is always fun. This experiment will let your kid can produce the effect of seeing iron filings dance.

What You Need:

  • Iron oxide or iron filings
  • Magnet
  • Jar
  • Water

Procedure:

  1. Fill the jar with water all the way to the brim.
  2. Drop some iron oxide or iron filings into the water and seal the jar.
  3. Take a magnet and run it all over the jar. Make sure that the magnet is powerful.
  4. Make the iron oxide or iron filings dance around with different motions. 

5. Volcano

 

For the final experiment, there is the classic baking soda volcano. If you’ve done this experiment before, you know what to expect. It’s going to be awesome!

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Empty water bottle
  • Food coloring

Procedure:

  1. Make a paper mache volcano around with the empty water bottle in the center. Make the volcano twice taller than the water bottle. 
  2. Fill the water bottle with baking soda right up to the halfway point. 
  3. Mix the vinegar with food coloring.
  4. When ready, pour the vinegar mixture into the mouth of the volcano at once.
  5. Watch as the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. 

Why Experiment with Kids

Kiddy home experiments are about cultivating their curiosity and sense of wonder. They are meant to encourage the urge for discovery and adventure. When you experiment with your kid, you are accomplishing a few things. First, you are bonding over something fun. Second, you are giving him the approval to keep experimenting.  Last but not least, you are allowing him to learn in a healthy way. This helps implant the idea that studying and learning don’t have to be boring or hard.

Kids who experiment at home can grow up to be great adults. Encourage kids to try new things, to fail, and to try again.

That’s what makes tough and resilient children.

 

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