Try these exciting science experiment ideas for kids at home and make this quarantine time valuable and productive to an extent.
Science Experiment Ideas for Kids
1. Egg and Salt Experiment
Take two glasses and mix one tablespoon salt in one of them. Put an egg in each of the glasses and ask your child to notice what happens next. You will see that the egg will float in the glass that contains the salt solution. The egg in the glass with water will sink. The density of an egg is lesser than the density of a salty solution, therefore the egg floats in the salt solution and sinks in regular water.
2. The Color of Gems
In this experiment, you need to place the skittle in a dish and pour some water in the middle of the dish. Later, you will see that the gems are losing colours. The phenomenon of the colour spread looks magical.
3. Make Your Own Crystal Stars
You can make crystal jars with the help of a borax solution and let your kids watch the crystal formation with utter shock and awe. You will see your crystal stars hanging on the popsicle soon. Learn more about the experiment here.
4. Blow the Balloon Without Air
Blowing a balloon with air is a typical way but have you ever tried blowing a balloon with yeast powder? Have a look at this science experiment for kids here.
5. Egg or Crazy Ball
Due to a process called osmosis, when you leave an egg in vinegar solution for two-three days, it turns squishy and bouncy. Fill a container with vinegar and drop an egg into it. Leave it undisturbed for 48-72 hours. You’ll get a bouncy ‘egg’ ball that will not break if you drop it from a distance.
6. My Mini Volcano
We would recommend you to perform this experiment outside your house, maybe in your backyard or in a garden. Get a volcanic eruption out of a paper mache volcano with the help of the reactive properties of vinegar and baking soda. Click here to learn more.
7. Playing with Colors
Try this magical science experiment with your kids to teach them the reason behind why colours start to spread away when you add dishwashing liquid to milk. Know more about it here.
8. Sink and Float
Check out this great experiment explaining the concept of floating and sinking that can help your kids grasp the knowledge easily.
9. The Balloon Game
Another baking soda and vinegar experiment, let your kids attempt to blow up a balloon with the reactive fumes of these two ingredients. Check out the DIY here.
10. The Pencil Bag
Insert a sharp pencil in a plastic bag filled with water and see how the water doesn’t gush out. However, as soon as you pull back the pencil, the water will start flowing out. Try this experiment with your kids here.
11. The Ice Cube Magic
Fill half a glass with vegetable oil and another half with baby oil. Now put an ice cube in the glass and see that it stops in the middle where the surface of vegetable oil touches the baby oil. Learn more about this experiment here.
12. Turmeric Powder Changing Its Color
Take a small bowl and put some turmeric powder in it. Now add some water and stir it with a spoon. Once it mixes well, add a pinch of detergent powder to it and stir again. You will see the colour of turmeric powder changing from yellow to red. Turmeric has tartaric acid in it and when it reacts with sodium hydroxide (a base) in the soap, it changes colour.
13. The Sanitizer Experiment
With sanitisers being the most used commodity recently, you and your kids should learn more about it. The alcohol content in sanitisers makes it flammable, which is the base of this experiment here.
14. The Jumping Ketchup Packet
You’ll be thrilled to see the excitement and happiness on your kid’s face when they see a ketchup packet jump in the water! Understand more about the experiment here.
15. Let the Water Bend
Teach your kids about the relation between static electricity and water and water bend when close to static current with this science experiment.
16. The Candle Lights Up Again
Teach your kids the importance of oxygen whenever they need to burn a candle by way of this knowledgeable experiment. Have a look at the video.
17. Pins Don’t Burst the Balloon
Generally, when you pierce a pin in a balloon it will burst, but with this experiment, it will not! Learn about the mystery here.
18. The Little Tornado
To see what a tornado looks like, you just need a bottle filled with water. Kids often make such water tornados with their friends but they often don’t know the reason behind the formation. Try it here.
19. The Magic of Sugar
We’ve given many salt experiment ideas in this list, but let’s not forget about sugar! See the magic of sugar floating on top of the water instead of getting dissolved in this quick experiment.
20. Lava Lamp
Let your kids learn about liquid density with this exciting and crafty experiment. You just need some oil, water, colours, and a transparent bottle. Check it out here.
21. Balloon Powered Car
To learn about transforming energy from one form to another, we will create a fun car using toothpicks, an empty juice box, bottle caps, and a balloon. You can go to this site to follow the steps to create a vehicle where the energy from the balloon will transfer to the moving vehicle.
Your kids can quickly learn about how the ancient clock works with this experiment. You just need a plate, a stick, and a marker. On one sunny day, paste the sticker on the middle of the plate in the standing position and mark the shadow on the scale each hour. The kids will learn about how the earth rotates and how time passes simultaneously.
23. Dancing Spiders
In this experiment, you will need an aluminium foil sheet and a board marker. Start drawing the spiders with the help of a board marker on the foil sheet. Spread the decorated sheet on a tray and put some water on it. You will see the spiders leaving the foil and floating in the water. You can blow them using a straw and make it a game to play with your kids while teaching them the reason behind the happenings.
24. Candies Showing Magic
Kids love MnM’S and other candies alike but wonder what will be their reaction when they see the ‘M’ getting separated from the candies? Look at the experiment here.
25. Make Bubbles at Home
Get a bit of bubble trouble in your house with this easy and quick science experiment! This experiment will bring some laughter and endless memories for you with your kids!
26. Standing Pins
You need some paper pins or safety pins, magnets, rulers, and thread for this experiment. Through this experiment, your kids will learn the power of magnets over gravity.
27. The Incredible Movement of Water
The experiment is as simple as taking some food colourations and adding them to water in 4 different glasses. Learn more about it here.
28. Thread on Ice Cube
Pour and fill a large container with water up to the rim. Subsequently, put two ice cubes on the top of the bigger cube. Next, put a thread or string on the ice cubes and pour salt at the point where the thread touches the cubes. You’ll see that the string of thread gets attached to the ice cube and you can lift the cubes with the thread.
You can try these science experiment ideas for kids and make your child enjoy their leisure time by doing something productive and knowledgeable.