Children of all ages find experiments in science a highlight of their school day whether they are home schooling or whether they are in public or private school. It is an opportunity to be actively involved, hands-on time.
There are many sources that you can check to find experiments. Check into AiMS activities on line. They have many inexpensive stimulating science activities for kids of all ages.
It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. I searched and searched until I found experiments that I thought my grandchild would find captivating and fun. I home schooled him. Give these 10 must do science experiments at home with your kids, too.To do this experiment you need:
1/4 cup water
a tissue or small portion of paper towel
As explained in the video, place the water and vinegar in a baggie. Place 2 tbsp. baking soda in a piece of paper towel or tissue. Fold to make a little pocket. Place in the baggie and quickly zip the baggie. Place in the sink or on the ground if you are outside and watch.
This is so much fun. The vinegar and baking soda work together to make the gas which causes the baggie to ‘pop.’To do this experiment, you need:
two clear plastic or glass cups (or more if you want pairs of children in your home school or classroom to do this).
two paper towels rolled tightly to make a wick
Fill one cup with water. Leave the other one empty.
Place one end of the wick in the water, Drape the other end over the empty cup. Be patient. This takes a while…about 30 to 45 minutes. I left mine set up overnight and the results did not change.
* Capillary action causes the water to travel along little spaces in the fibers of the paper towel thus moving the water from one cup to the next.
VARIATION: You can make your wick thinner to see if it changes the results. Of course you can also make it much thicker too.
To do this experiment you need:
dish washing liquid
Pour milk into a plate. Place a small drop of four food colorings in the center of the milk. Then place a q tip with nothing on it in the center of the drops of food coloring. Talk about what happens.
Then place the end of the q tip in dish soap and then place it in the center of the food coloring (do not stir). Watch what happens.
* What causes the food coloring to travel across the milk is that the dish soap does not mix with the milk. As it spreads out it carries the food coloring along with it.To do this experiment, you need:
sugar, if desired
1 tsp. baking soda
Squeeze your lemon and place in the drinking glass.
Add water and sugar. Add baking soda and stir. It will make a fizzie lemon drink. When you drink you are aware of the ‘fizz’ but not so much. It is not really very tasty but I imagine you can experiment to further to improve the taste.For this experiment, you will need:
some left over chicken bones (wash them so you are using only the bone)
Place the bones in vinegar for 24 hours. Remove from vinegar. At this point you will be able to tie the bones into knots. Set them aside to dry and they will harden again.For this experiment, you will need:
ice cubes (enough for each child who is doing the experiment)
Have children predict what will happen when they place the ice cube in a glass of water.
Then have them place the ice cube in the glass. Go back and observe when the ice cube has melted. Talk about what happens.
**The glass will not overflow because when water freezes it contracts thus making it take up less space. When it is placed in the warm water and thaws, it does not take up as much space as anticipated.To do this experiment, you need:
several bottles of diet cola
brave souls to do the experiment
Place mentos in diet cola and you will have Old Faithful right before your eyes.
If you are doing this with young children, explain that the mentos reacts with the soda (like vinegar and baking soda when combined only BETTER).
If you are doing this with older children, have the children research and find out what causes this to happen.To do this experiment, you need:
three eggs, uncooked
three jars of water
one jar of water, add sugar
one jar of water, add salt
one jar of water…leave plain
Place an egg in each jar. See if the egg floats in any of the jars.
If not, try adding more sugar or salt to the jars.
To do this experiment, you need:
plate or dish
dark dark dark room
Go into a dark room…no light visible. Wait a few minutes until your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Then smush the sugar cubes with the pliers. Watch what happens.
**the blue green light that is emitted is called triboluminescence…that a fun word for a spelling bonus word!!
It is thought by some that smushing the lumps of sugar creates uneven electrical charges. Then when the charges get together, they make the flash of light.
TIPS: Be patient and keep trying. I had never done this so wanted to before I published this article. I went into a room that wasn’t as dark as a night with no moon, I saw no sparkles.
Then I went in to a closet and
tried it and was too impatient and saw……..n o t h i n g.
So this morning I got up and went into the closet again and I leaned over, very close to the dish as I thought maybe I wasn’t close enough. And I saw a tiny light show. This is worth doing!! What fun!!
Here is another list of 10 to view:
10 Real Life Math Activities for Kids plus Math Races
Most children love to play computer games. Playing online science games can be a great way for students to learn about science and have fun at the same time. The Internet is a wonderful resource for teachers or parents who want to find entertaining games that are effective teaching tools.
A wide variety of science games are available online. They cover many different topics and are available for all ages, from kindergarten to high school. Some games are only weakly related to science. Others are very educational but can be boring for children. The best games sites get the balance between education and fun just right. Luckily, there are many websites which meet this requirement.
The seven websites that I describe below are the ones that I use most often with my students. I find them all very useful. Most have resources for teachers as well as activities for students. Some are best for younger students while others work better for older students. All of them provide an entertaining way for students to learn about science.The Sheppard Software website has a large collection of free online games in science, math, language arts, geography and history. The site also has informative articles, quizzes, puzzles and brain games. There is also a paint program for very young children which lets them choose a habitat, color the different parts of the background and then drag appropriate animals into the picture.
The games are high quality and are both entertaining and educational for children. There are age-appropriate activities for everyone, from preschool to adults (or so the company claims). An example of one of the games is shown in the video below.
Sheppard Software is a useful site for educators and students. There’s a link to science games on the home page, but there are other sections that would also be helpful for a science curriculum. These include the Animals, Health, Nutrition and Chemistry Quizzes sections. There are games in these sections as well. It’s definitely worth exploring everything that this site has to offer.Science Kids has lots of games about many areas of science. They are simple games that are aimed at young children and teach important concepts.
The Science Kids website is very useful because it contains far more than science games. The site also has facts, instructions and explanations for experiments, project suggestions, quizzes, videos, free photos for presentations, a science joke page and a lesson plan section for educators. Like the Sheppard Software site, Science Kids is a big website that is worth exploring.The Lawrence Hall of Science “24/7 Science” page has an interesting collection of online games and activities on a variety of science topics. One section, called the Nanozone, teaches children about the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. There is also an Earth and Space section and an Arcade Game section.
In addition to the games, the website has quizzes and instructions for science experiments that students can perform at home. The Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 Science page will eventually have a page for educators, but at the moment this feature is “coming soon”.The PBS site has an extensive collection of science games for young elementary children. The games have a colorful and attractive design and are fun to play. They teach kids basic science facts in an entertaining way.
One very nice feature of the PBS site is that some of the game screens have a link to information or activities related to the game. The linked sections include scie