Simple Science Experiments for Home and School

Regardless of your child’s interest in science, cool and mindblowing experiments are always bound to grab their attention! According to NAEYC, it is important to work with your child to find answers to their questions. 

Sometimes it is better to guide your child to the answer instead of instantly revealing it to them which is why trying science experiments at home or at school can be very beneficial! 

Additionally, it is not a bad idea to perform hands-on experiments with your child so they can learn how to do them by themselves in the future. Piquing your child’s interest in science at an early age could make them more interested in it in the future when they are considering careers. 

According to iD Tech, employment in STEM (which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations has grown 79% since 1990. 

Though it may sound like a hassle, it is not hard to find easy experiments to do in the comfort of your own home or in your child’s classroom! 

Some experiments might be a little messy, but they will be worth it when your child is amazed by the outcomes. 

Here Are Seven Simple Science Experiments For Your Child To Do At Home Or School

1. Indoor Snow

Ingredients Needed:

  • Three cups of baking soda
  • Half a cup of white hair conditioner 

It is not every day that you are able to play with snow inside the comfort of your own home! 

With this easy experiment, all you have to do is combine the two ingredients and then you magically have snow to play with. Your child can use the snow to make different shapes depending on how old they are as well.

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2. Alka-Seltzer Lava Lamp 

Ingredients Needed:

  • Two identical jars or bottles 
  • One knife 
  • A cutting board
  • A timer 
  • Water
  • Food coloring 
  • Vegetable oil 
  • An Alka-Seltzer tablet 

Why buy a lava lamp when you can make one at home? 

First, you should add one to two inches of water with five drops of food coloring to your jars and then fill them to at least three-quarters full with vegetable oil.

Make one of the jars cold and the other one hot so your child can see the different reactions! 

Then, cut your Alka-Seltzer tablet into four pieces and add a quarter tablet to the jars.

Sit back in amazement while the reaction takes place and time how long it takes the tablet to disappear in the two jars! 

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3. Build a Volcano 

Ingredients Needed: 

  • 10 ml of dish soap
  • 100 ml of warm water
  • 400 ml of white vinegar 
  • Food coloring 
  • Baking soda mix (half a cup of baking soda added to half a cup of water)
  • An empty two-liter soda bottle 

This is a classic experiment you’re bound to know already!

Simply combine the vinegar, water, dish soap and two drops of food coloring in the empty soda bottle. Then mix the ingredients and then get ready for the eruption! 

When you’re ready, pour the combined ingredients into the other soda bottle and take a step back to watch the reaction.

It might be a good idea to perform this in a sink or outdoors due to the mess! 

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4. Orange Fizz

Ingredients Needed:

  • An orange or clementine
  • Half a teaspoon of baking soda

This two ingredients experiment is tasty if you like oranges or clementines! 

Cut the orange fruit into slices and dip a slice into the baking soda. Then take a bite and watch the bubbles form in your mouth. 

It is as easy as it is tasty! 

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5. Rainbow in a Glass

Ingredients Needed:

  • Skittles
  • Water
  • A mug
  • 5 cups
  • A tablespoon
  • A clear glass
  • A dropper or pipette 

First, separate the skittles by color into these amounts into the cups – two red, four orange, six yellow, eight green, and ten purple Skittles. Then heat up a mug of water so that it is hot but not boiling.

Measure out two tablespoons of the hot water to pour into the five cups and then stir them every ten minutes or so. Once the skittles are dissolved and the water is at room temperature, use the dropper to slowly add the liquids into the clear glass.

You will then have a rainbow you can watch in the glass! 

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6. Invisible Ink Messages

Ingredients Needed: 

  • Cardstock paper
  • Measuring spoons
  • Three small bowls
  • A spoon
  • Q-tips or a brush
  • Old newspaper or cardboard
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Lemon or lemon juice
  • An iron

Have you ever wanted to send someone a secret message? Now you can! 

Squeeze the juice out of half a lemon and mix in half a teaspoon of water. Dip the Q-tip into the mixture and write your message on white cardstock paper.

Be sure not to put too much liquid on the paper so that it soaks through! Start to heat up your iron while the paper dries.

Once the iron is heated up, carefully run it over the paper several times to reveal the secret message! 

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7. Slime

Ingredients Needed: 

  • Washable PVA school glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Contact lens solution with boric acid and sodium borate
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula 
  • Resealable plastic bags or Tupperware 

Another classic experiment your child will love!

Start off by mixing half a cup of water with half a cup of glue. Add food coloring too if you desire! Then add half a teaspoon of baking soda and mix the substances! 

After this, add two tablespoons of contact lens solution and stir while the mixture starts to pull away from the bowl edges.

Knead the slime mixture for five to ten minutes until the texture is the same and start playing with your slime! 

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For more educational information for your child, visit the Learning Experience’s Bubbles and Friends YouTube channel.

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