Children are, by nature, curious little things, and they’re very interested in the world around them. This is true right from the time they are newborns – when they become fascinated with bright lights – through to their late teens. Even when kids are not at school, they’re constantly learning – whether they are at home, in the park, or anywhere else.
A good way to promote this learning, and to help your kids discover more, is to set up some simple science experiments or science games that you can all do together. It’s fun and educational at the same time (and even adults will have a good time!). If you’re looking for some suitable science experiments for kids, here is some inspiration to get you started:
Simple Science Experiments
Melting Chocolate or Making Ice
In terms of science for kids, one of the easiest ways to get started is to look at the relationship between solids, liquids, and gasses. These concepts are simple for kids for understand and easy for you to demonstrate –and there’s often some yummy rewards at the end! To show the relationship between solids and liquids, buy a bar of chocolate and snap a piece off – it’s clearly solid. Then show your kids what happens when heat is applied to the chocolate (maybe put the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave for a few seconds) – the chocolate melts.
To reverse the process, you could fill a small container with fruit juice, put a clean plastic spoon or small stick in it, and allow it to harden in the freezer. The liquid has frozen into a delicious iced treat. You can also play other fun food games for kids and make our fruity freezers, which also demonstrate how things can change from liquids into solids!
Science Experiments for Kids
The Volcano The volcano is one of the most famous kids’ science projects, and it’s also one of the most impressive. First, ask your kids to unleash their creative side and help them create a paper mache volcano around a old plastic bottle. The experiment is always more amazing when there’s a realistic looking volcano in the picture! You can find our other paper mache activities here. These are great articles to look at if you want some paper mache tips.
This activity might be a bit messy – but that is all part of the fun, and part of the learning process! Glue stains are easy to get out – just check out our stain removal tips . When the volcano is ready, sprinkle a little baking soda into the bottle. Ask your kids to pour in some vinegar and watch as they scream with delight as the volcano vigorously erupts. If they ask how it’s done, tell them that it is all due to the reaction between the alkaline vinegar and the acidic baking soda. This experiment is an excellent way to introduce the pH scale to children.
Easy Science Projects
This is by far one of the most easy science projects that kids can enjoy, and it’s also one of the most colourful! To introduce an awareness and interest in plants – and emphasise that they are living things that eat and drink, much like humans do – place some cut white flowers into vases filled with coloured water. To make the coloured water, just add a few drops of food colouring to clean water. As the flowers ‘drink’ the liquid, their petals will turn the colour of the water, demonstrating to kids that the flowers are consuming the water, just like they drink from a bottle.
You could also use this as an opportunity to brand into zoology, showing your kids how some animals, like flamingos, turn the same colour as the food they consume. It’s really important that kids understand the way the world works, and these easy science experiments are fun and simple ways to get them started. Try these out and see what your kids think. Do you have any favourite simple science experiments you do with your kids? Let us know!