Need a fun science activity that teaches air pressure and propulsion that the kids will want to do over and over? This is it! The steps: 1. Tie string to a hook or post. 2. Pull string taut. 3. Feed string through straw. 4. Blow up balloon. 5. Tape straw to balloon (without letting […]
Nature gives kids so many ways to practice observation skills, whether it’s an experiment that helps them understand how plant roots absorb water or helping provide shelter for bees. Check out these three fun activities that combine a love of nature with an appreciation for science! Food-Coloring Carnations Recycled Soda Bottle Terrarium Make […]
Polymers are groups of molecules that are connected to create a tangible object. Like plastic. The polymers in plastic are flexible, and actually move to form around a pencil poked through the bag to create a seal so that water doesn’t flow through. Try this experiment out to see polymers in action! The steps: 1. Pour water […]
Here’s a fun science experiment that shows kids how plants “drink” water—and you can even see how it travels through the petals! Water travels up the stem of the flower to the petals and eventually evaporates into the air. This is called transpiration – here’s how to see it in action! The steps: 1. Add […]
Nobody can resist digging their hands into homemade slime—and it’s a great opportunity to talk to kids about the properties of solids, liquids—and something that’s both! Watch for a quick overview on how to make your own slime at home; step-by-step instructions are below. You will need: 4 oz. glue, water, 1 tsp. borax […]
Creating colorful egg geodes teaches sedimentation and crystallization–and sparks a love for science and learning! The alum powder on the egg gives the alum particles in the water a place to attach themselves as they crystallize. The steps: 1. Start with clean, empty eggshell halves. Add glue and spread evenly with a paintbrush. 2. Coat […]
Here’s a fun experiment to help kids understand that salt makes ice melt. The scientific concept is the melting point, where salt affects the freezing point of ice and turns it back into water. But if that’s too complicated for your little one, this experiment makes it easy: Take ice, add salt, and use food […]
There are some scientific concepts that kids understand intuitively—but it’s great to build on that knowledge to show how science happens in everyday life! Here’s a fun kid science experiment that teaches the difference between potential and kinetic energy. You’ll need craft sticks—the more you have, the bigger a chain reaction you can create! 1. […]
What do you get when you mix oil and water? Nothing—because they don’t mix at all! Try this experiment with your kids and see how water will actually float through oil, carried by tiny air bubbles!
Science doesn’t have to happen in a lab or under a microscope—you and your kids can learn by doing your own experiments with stuff you have on hand, like some Kix cereal! Here’s a fun and easy way to introduce a child to the concept of buoyancy. Have fun!