Science is a fun subject that kids love learning about! If you have some science nuts at home, you know how much fun your kids can have with a simple science activity. If that sounds familiar, then here are some fun science activities for kids that you can try at home!
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Science Activities for Kids at Home
Here’s a tasty science activity for kids that they will love trying at home. Rock candy is a great way to teach your kids about crystals and how they’re formed. You can even connect rock candy to caves, comparing it to how stalagmites and stalactites are formed. To make candy, you’ll need a dish of high concentrated sugar water. You’ll then place a sugar coated string into this mixture. Cover and allow the sugar crystals to form on the string. After a few days, your kids will have a tasty string of rock candy! To make things more fun, try adding food coloring or flavoring to your sugar water.
Film Canister Rockets
If you’d like to teach your kids about chemical reactions, try making some film canister rockets! To do this, you’ll need a (affiliate link) film canister (container that film rolls come in) and lid. You’ll also want to have vinegar and baking soda or water and an antacid tablet. Once you have your ingredients, you can begin! Start by putting your liquid in the film canister. If you’re using vinegar, you’ll then want to add a small scoop of baking soda.
If you’re using water, you’ll want to break the antacid tablet in half and drop it in. Quickly place the lid on the canister and set upside down so that the lid is on the ground. As the two ingredients react with each other, pressure will build in the canister until there’s too much pressure. At this point, the reaction will cause the canister to fly through the air!
Oobleck is one of the coolest science activities for kids of all ages! To make oobleck, you’ll need water and cornstarch. If you want your oobleck to be a certain color, you simply need to add a drop or two of food coloring. Once you’ve mixed the water and cornstarch to the right consistency, you have a slimy batch of oobleck! After your oobleck is made, you can use it to teach your kids about sound saves.
Set your oobleck on a metal tray and place it on a speaker. Turn on a rock and roll song and watch the oobleck dance to the tune! Try different songs and genres of music to see how it changes the oobleck’s dance. Your kids can record their findings in a science notebook, making a hypothesis for why the oobleck danced differently for different songs.
Ready, set, go! Liquid races are a fun way to teach your kids about liquid consistencies and properties. To do this activity, you’ll need a baking sheet and different liquids. These liquids can include water, milk, soda, dish soap, and more! To start, place the baking sheet on a flat surface. Place a few drops of each liquid at the start line. On the count of three, slightly tilt the start side up so that the liquid can begin rolling towards the finish line. The first liquid to cross the finish line is the winner!
Science is so much fun! What are some science activities for kids do you let your kids do at home?