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Because science doesn’t have to be complicated.

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If there is one thing that is guaranteed to get your students excited, it’s a good science experiment! While some experiments require expensive lab equipment or dangerous chemicals, there are plenty of cool projects you can do with regular household items. Regardless of how empty your cabinets may be, we think you are likely to have at least some of these things lying around at home. Watch as your students engineer a bridge, solve environmental issues, explore polymers, or work with static electricity. We’ve rounded up a big collection of easy science experiments that anybody can try, and kids are going to love them!

1. Amplify a smartphone

DIY smartphone amplifier made from paper cups

No Bluetooth speaker? No problem! Put together your own from paper cups and toilet paper tubes.

Learn more: Mum in the Madhouse

2. Send a teabag flying

Empty tea bags burning into ashes

Hot air rises, and this experiment can prove it! You’ll want to supervise kids with fire, of course. For more safety, try this one outside!

Learn more: Coffee Cups and Crayons

3. Taste the rainbow

Skittles form a circle around a plate. The colors are bleeding toward the center of the plate. (easy science experiments)

Teach your students about diffusion while creating a beautiful and tasty rainbow! You’ll definitely want to have extra Skittles on hand so your class can enjoy a few as well!

Learn more: ToucanBox

4. Watch the water rise

Two side-by-side shots of an upside-down glass over a candle in a bowl of water, with water pulled up into the glass in the second picture

Learn about Charles’s Law with this simple experiment. As the candle burns, using up oxygen and heating the air in the glass, the water rises as if by magic.

Learn more: Team Cartwright

5. Set raisins dancing

Raisins floating in a glass of fizzy water

This is a fun version of the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment, perfect for the younger crowd. The bubbly mixture causes raisins to dance around in the water.

Learn more: 123 Homeschool 4 Me/Dancing Raisins

6. Race a balloon-powered car

Car made from cardboard with bottlecap wheels and powered by a blue balloon

Kids will be amazed when they learn they can put together this awesome racer using cardboard and bottle-cap wheels. The balloon-powered “engine” is so much fun too.

Learn more: ProLab

7. Crystallize your own rock candy

Colorful rock candy on wood sticks

Crystal science experiments teach kids about supersaturated solutions. This one is easy to do at home, and the results are absolutely delicious!

Learn more: Growing a Jeweled Rose

8. Make elephant-sized toothpaste

children are seen from the shoulders down standing behind three bottles that are overflowing with red, yellow, and green fluid. (easy science experiments)

This fun project uses yeast and a hydrogen peroxide solution to create overflowing “elephant toothpaste.” You can also add an extra fun layer by having the kids create toothpaste wrappers for their plastic bottles.

Learn more: Steve Spangler Science

9. Repel glitter with dish soap

Square dish filled with water and glitter, showing how a drop of dish soap repels the glitter

Everyone knows that glitter is just like germs—it gets everywhere and is so hard to get rid of! Use that to your advantage and show kids how soap fights glitter and germs.

Learn more: Living Life & Learning

10. Blow the biggest bubbles you can

Girl making an enormous bubble with string and wire (Easy Science Experiments)

Add a few simple ingredients to dish soap solution to create the largest bubbles you’ve ever seen! Kids learn about surface tension as they engineer these bubble-blowing wands.

Learn more: Scholastic/Dish Soap Bubbles

11. Make neon flowers

Eight daisies are shown in different neon colors. The water in the vases they are in are the same color as the daisies. (easy science experiments)

We love how simple this project is to re-create since all you’ll need are some gerbera daisies, food coloring, glasses, and water. The end result is just so beautiful!

Learn more: My Child Care Academy/Neon Flower

12. Build a Ferris wheel

Miniature Ferris Wheel built out of colorful wood craft sticks

You’ve probably ridden on a Ferris wheel, but can you build one? Stock up on wood craft sticks and find out! Play around with different designs to see which one works best.

Learn more: Teachers Are Terrific and eHow

13. Learn about capillary action

Glasses of colored water with paper towel strips leading from one to the next

Kids will be amazed as they watch the colored water move from glass to glass, and you’ll love the easy and inexpensive setup. Gather some water, paper towels, and food coloring to teach the scientific magic of capillary action.

Learn More: 123 Homeschool 4 Me/Capillary Action

14. Demonstrate the “magic” leakproof bag

Plastic bag full of water with pencils stuck through it (Easy Science Experiments)

So simple and so amazing! All you need is a zip-top plastic bag, sharp pencils, and some water to blow your kids’ minds. Once they’re suitably impressed, teach them how the “trick” works by explaining the chemistry of polymers.

Learn more: Paging Fun Mums

15. Design a cell phone stand

Basic cell phone stand made from wood craft sticks, paper clips, and rubber bands (Sixth Grade Science)

Use your engineering skills and items from around the house to design and build a cell phone stand.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Cell Phone Stand

16. Give a balloon face a beard

A pink balloon has a face drawn on it. It is hovering over a plate with salt and pepper on it (easy science experiments)

Equally educational and fun, this experiment will teach kids about static electricity using everyday materials. Kids will undoubtedly get a kick out of creating beards on their balloon person!

Learn more: Go Science Girls/Static Electricity

17. Re-create the water cycle in a bag

Plastic bag of blue water with a sun and clouds drawn on it (Easy Science Experiments)

You can do so many easy science experiments with a simple zip-top bag! Fill one partway with water and set it on a sunny windowsill to see how the water evaporates up and eventually “rains” down.

Learn more: Grade School Giggles

18. Conduct an egg drop

Egg surrounded by paper straws taped into place

Put all their engineering skills to the test with an egg drop! Challenge kids to build a container from stuff they find around the house that will protect an egg from a long fall (this is especially fun to do from upper-story windows).

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy/Egg Drop

19. Engineer a drinking straw roller coaster

Student building a roller coaster of drinking straws for a ping pong ball (Fourth Grade Science)

STEM challenges are always a hit with kids. We love this one, which only requires basic supplies like drinking straws.

Learn more: Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls/Straw Roller Coaster

20. Use apple slices to learn about oxidation

Several apple slices are shown on a clear plate. There are cards that label what they have been immersed in (including salt water, sugar water, etc.) (easy science experiments)

Have students make predictions about what will happen to apple slices when immersed in different liquids, then put those predictions to the test! Finally, have them record their observations.

Learn more: Jennifer Findley/Apple Oxidation

21. Build a solar oven

Solar oven built from a pizza box with s'mores inside

Explore the power of the sun when you build your own solar ovens and use them to cook some yummy treats. This experiment takes a little more time and effort, but the results are always impressive. The link below has complete instructions.

Learn more: Desert Chica

22. Float a marker man

Float a Marker Man on water with sharpie

Their eyes will pop out of their heads when you “levitate” a stick figure right off the table! This experiment works due to the insolubility of dry-erase marker ink in water, combined with the lighter density of the ink.

Learn more: Gizmodo

23. Discover density with hot and cold water

Mason jars connected at the mouths, with layers of colored water

There are a lot of easy science experiments you can do with density. This one is extremely simple, involving only hot and cold water and food coloring, but the visuals make it appealing and fun.

Learn more: STEAMsational

24. Find your way with a DIY compass

DIY compass made from a needle floating in water

Here’s an old classic that never fails to impress. Magnetize a needle, float it on the water’s surface, and it will always point north.

Learn more: STEAM Powered Family

25. Learn to layer liquids

Clear cylinder layered with various liquids in different colors

This density demo is a little more complicated, but the effects are spectacular. Slowly layer liquids like honey, dish soap, water, and rubbing alcohol in a glass. Kids will be amazed when the liquids float one on top of the other like magic (except it is really science).

Learn more: Wonder How To

26. Crush a can using air pressure

Student's gloved hand holding tongs over a crushed soda can sitting in a bowl of water (Seventh Grade Science)

Sure, it’s easy to crush a soda can with your bare hands, but what if you could do it without touching it at all? That’s the power of air pressure!

Learn more: Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls/Can Crush

27. Make homemade bouncy balls

Two children are shown (without faces) bouncing balls on a white table (easy science experiments)

These homemade bouncy balls are easy to make since all you will need is glue, food coloring, borax powder, cornstarch, and warm water. You will want to store them inside a container like a plastic egg because they will flatten out over time.

Learn more: Come Together Kids/Make Your Own Bouncy Balls

28. Build a Da Vinci bridge

Mini Da Vinci bridge made of pencils and rubber bands (Easy Science Experiments)

There are plenty of bridge-building experiments out there, but this one is unique. It’s inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old self-supporting wooden bridge. Learn how to build it at the link, and expand your learning by exploring more about Da Vinci himself.

Learn more: iGame Mom

29. Grow a carbon sugar snake

Giant carbon snake growing out of a tin pan full of sand

Easy science experiments can still have impressive results! This eye-popping chemical reaction demonstration only requires simple supplies like sugar, baking soda, and sand.

Learn more: KiwiCo/Carbon Sugar Snake

30. Create eggshell chalk

Chunk of pink chalk lying on paper towels (Easy Science Experiments)

Eggshells contain calcium, the same material that makes chalk. Grind them up and mix them with flour, water, and food coloring to make your very own sidewalk chalk.

Learn more: Kidspot

31. Make a basic sundial

a large piece of cardboard has a white circle in the center with a pencil standing upright in the middle of the circle. Rocks are on all four corners holding it down.

While people use clocks or even phones to tell time today, there was a time when a sundial was the best means to do that. Kids will certainly get a kick out of creating their own sundials using everyday materials like cardboard and pencils.

Learn more: PBS Kids/Sundial

32. Learn about plant transpiration

Plastic zipper bag tied around leaves on a tree (Easy Science Experiments)

Your backyard is a terrific place for easy science experiments! Grab a plastic bag and rubber band to learn how plants get rid of excess water they don’t need, a process known as transpiration.

Learn more: Teach Beside Me

33. Make naked eggs

Child holding a raw egg without its shell

This is so cool! Use vinegar to dissolve the calcium carbonate in an eggshell to discover the membrane underneath that holds the egg together. Then, use the “naked” egg for another easy science experiment that demonstrates osmosis .

Learn more: Making Memories With Your Kids

34. Make sparks with steel wool

Steel wool on fire in a tin pan (Easy Science Experiments)

All you need is steel wool and a 9-volt battery to perform this science demo that’s bound to make their eyes light up! Kids learn about chain reactions, chemical changes, and more.

Learn more: The Homeschool Scientist

35. Practice stop-motion animation

An image is divided into four separate images. There are small action figures in front of a tablet.

This is the perfect experiment for the budding filmmaker since they can decide on a backdrop, characters (toys), and story. Use a good stop-motion animation app to bring the film to life!

Learn more: Tinker Lab/Stop-Motion Animation

36. Turn milk into plastic

Student scooping plastic fragments out of a mug next to bottle of vinegar and measuring glass of milk (Easy Science Experiments)

This sounds a lot more complicated than it is, but don’t be afraid to give it a try. Use simple kitchen supplies to create plastic polymers from plain old milk. Sculpt them into cool shapes when you’re done!

Learn more: Science Buddies/Milk Into Plastic

37. Levitate a Ping-Pong ball

Student holding the cut off top of a bottle with a straw attached through the lid, with a ping pong ball floating over top

Kids will get a kick out of this experiment, which is really all about Bernoulli’s principle. You only need plastic bottles, bendy straws, and Ping-Pong balls to make the science magic happen.

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy/Floating Ping-Pong Ball

38. Launch a two-stage rocket

Two long balloons turned into a rocket with straws, rubber bands, and binder clips (Easy Science Experiments)

The rockets used for space flight generally have more than one stage to give them the extra boost they need. This easy science experiment uses balloons to model a two-stage rocket launch, teaching kids about the laws of motion.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Two-Stage Rocket

39. Pull an egg into a bottle

Empty bottle next to a bowl of eggs and a cup of matches with a plastic straw (Easy Science Experiments)

This classic easy science experiment never fails to delight. Use the power of air pressure to suck a hard-boiled egg into a jar, no hands required.

Learn more: Left Brain Craft Brain

40. Test pH using cabbage

Test tubes filled with purple liquid (Easy Science Experiments)

Teach kids about acids and bases without needing pH test strips! Simply boil some red cabbage and use the resulting water to test various substances—acids turn red and bases turn green.

Learn more: Education Possible

41. Clean some old coins

Pennies in containers of cola, vinegar and salt, apple juice, water, catsup, and vinegar (Easy Science Experiments)

Use common household items to make old oxidized coins clean and shiny again in this simple chemistry experiment. Ask kids to predict (hypothesize) which will work best, then expand the learning by doing some research to explain the results.

Learn more: Gallykids

42. Clean up an oil spill

Students sit around a table that has a tin pan filled with blue liquid wiht a feather floating in it (easy science experiments)

Before conducting this experiment, teach your students about engineers who solve environmental problems like oil spills. Then, have your students use provided materials to clean the oil spill from their oceans.

Learn more: Science After School Blogspot/Oil Spill

43. Blow up a balloon—without blowing

Two plastic water bottles with inflated balloons attached to the tops (Easy Science Experiments)

Chances are good you probably did easy science experiments like this when you were in school yourself. This well-known activity demonstrates the reactions between acids and bases. Fill a bottle with vinegar and a balloon with baking soda. Fit the balloon over the top, shake the baking soda down into the vinegar, and watch the balloon inflate.

Learn more: All for the Boys

44. Construct a homemade lava lamp

Plastic bottle with blobs of blue oil floating in water

This 1970s trend is back—as an easy science experiment! This activity combines acid/base reactions with density for a totally groovy result.

Learn more: Education.com

45. Whip up a tornado in a bottle

Upside-down glass bottle with a water tornado inside (Easy Science Experiments)

There are plenty of versions of this classic experiment out there, but we love this one because it sparkles! Kids learn about a vortex and what it takes to create one.

Learn more: Cool Science Experiments HQ

46. Explore how sugary drinks affect teeth

Four cups of different liquids with eggs floating in them (Easy Science Experiments)

The calcium content of eggshells makes them a great stand-in for teeth. Use eggs to explore how soda and juice can stain teeth and wear down the enamel. Expand your learning by trying different toothpaste and toothbrush combinations to see how effective they are.

Learn more: Feels Like Home

47. Monitor air pressure with a DIY barometer

Homemade barometer using a tin can, rubber band, and ruler

This simple but effective DIY science project teaches kids about air pressure and meteorology. They’ll have fun tracking and predicting the weather with their very own barometer.

Learn more: Edventures With Kids

48. Mummify a hot dog

Two hotdogs, one smaller and darker than the other, on a paper towel (Easy Science Experiments)

If your kids are fascinated by the Egyptians, they’ll love learning to mummify a hot dog! No need for canopic jars ; just grab some baking soda and get started.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Science of Mummification

49. Extinguish flames with carbon dioxide

Series of lit tea lights with a glass pitcher

This is a fiery twist on acid-base experiments. Light a candle and talk about what fire needs in order to survive. Then, create an acid-base reaction and “pour” the carbon dioxide to extinguish the flame. The CO2 gas acts like a liquid, suffocating the fire.

Learn more: Sick Science!/YouTube

50. Make a magnifying glass from ice

A child holds up a pice of ice to their eye as if it is a magnifying glass. (easy science experiments)

Students will certainly get a thrill out of seeing how an everyday object like a piece of ice can be used as a magnifying glass. Be sure to use purified or distilled water since tap water will have impurities in it that will cause distortion.

Learn more: STEAMsational/Ice Magnifying Glass

51. Do the Archimedes squeeze

Child dropping a ball of aluminum foil into a container of water (Easy Science Experiments)

It sounds like a wild dance move, but this easy science experiment demonstrates Archimedes’ principle of buoyancy. All you need is aluminum foil and a container of water.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Archimedes Squeeze

52. Step through an index card

Student stretching out an index card cut into a large rectangle (Easy Science Experiments)

This is one easy science experiment that never fails to astonish. With carefully placed scissor cuts on an index card, you can make a loop large enough to fit a (small) human body through! Kids will be wowed as they learn about surface area.

Learn more: Mess for Less

53. Stand on a pile of paper cups

Child standing on a stack of paper cups and cardboard squares

Combine physics and engineering and challenge kids to create a paper cup structure that can support their weight. This is a cool project for aspiring architects.

Learn more: Science Sparks

54. Mix up saltwater solutions

Glasses of basking soda water, sugar water, plain water, and salt water with red stones in them (Easy Science Experiments)

This simple experiment covers a lot of concepts. Learn about solutions, density, and even ocean science as you compare and contrast how objects float in different water mixtures.

Learn more: Science Kiddo

55. Construct a pair of model lungs

Plastic bottle with pink and black balloons inside, with student pulling a red balloon diaphragm (Easy Science Experiments)

Kids get a better understanding of the respiratory system when they build model lungs using a plastic water bottle and some balloons. You can modify the experiment to demonstrate the effects of smoking too.

Learn more: Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

56. Test out parachutes

Child standing on a stepladder dropping a toy attached to a paper parachute

Gather a variety of materials (try tissues, handkerchiefs, plastic bags, etc.) and see which ones make the best parachutes. You can also find out how they’re affected by windy days or find out which ones work in the rain.

Learn more: Inspiration Laboratories

57. String up some sticky ice

Piece of twine stuck to an ice cube (Easy Science Experiments)

Can you lift an ice cube using just a piece of string? This quick experiment teaches you how. Use a little salt to melt the ice and then refreeze the ice with the string attached.

Learn more: Playdough to Plato

58. Experiment with limestone rocks

Child pouring vinegar over a rock in a bowl

Kids  love to collect rocks, and there are plenty of easy science experiments you can do with them. In this one, pour vinegar over a rock to see if it bubbles. If it does, you’ve found limestone!

59. Recycle newspaper into an engineering challenge

Kids stacking a textbook into a cone of newspaper tubes (Easy Science Experiments)

It’s amazing how a stack of newspapers can spark such creative engineering. Challenge kids to build a tower, support a book, or even build a chair using only newspaper and tape!

Learn more: STEM Activities for Kids

60. Turn a bottle into a rain gauge

Plastic bottle converted to a homemade rain gauge (Easy Science Experiments)

All you need is a plastic bottle, a ruler, and a permanent marker to make your own rain gauge. Monitor your measurements and see how they stack up against meteorology reports in your area.

Learn More: NurtureStore

61. Use rubber bands to sound out acoustics

White plastic cup with rubber bands stretched across the opening (Easy Science Experiments)

Explore the ways that sound waves are affected by what’s around them using a simple rubber band “guitar.” (Kids absolutely love playing with these!)

62. Send secret messages with invisible ink

I Love You written in lemon juice on a piece of white paper, with lemon half and cotton swabs

Turn your kids into secret agents! Write messages with a paintbrush dipped in lemon juice, then hold the paper over a heat source and watch the invisible become visible as oxidation goes to work.

Learn more: KiwiCo/Invisible Ink

63. Build a folded mountain

Pile of layered towels being pushed together between two plastic tubs

This clever demonstration helps kids understand how some landforms are created. Use layers of towels to represent rock layers and boxes for continents. Then pu-u-u-sh and see what happens!

Learn more: The Chaos and the Clutter

64. Play catch with a catapult

Catapult and catcher made from plastic cups, pencils, and wood craft sticks (Easy Science Experiments)

Catapults make fun and easy science experiments, but we like the twist on this one that challenges kids to create a “receiver” to catch the soaring object on the other end.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Ball Launcher Challenge

65. Take a Play-Doh core sample

Layers of Play Doh with holes poked into it

Learn about the layers of the Earth by building them out of Play-Doh, then take a core sample with a straw. ( Love Play-Doh? Get more learning ideas here. )

Learn more: Line Upon Line Learning

66. Project the stars on your ceiling

Student poking holes in the shape of a constellation on the bottom of a paper cup (Easy Science Experiments)

Use the video lesson in the link below to learn why stars are only visible at night. Then create a DIY star projector to explore the concept hands-on.

Learn more: Mystery Science

67. Build a better umbrella

Cupcake liner turned upside-down over wood craft sticks with water being poured over top

Challenge students to engineer the best possible umbrella from various household supplies. Encourage them to plan, draw blueprints, and test their creations using the scientific method.

Learn more: Raising Lifelong Learners

68. Make it rain

Glass jar of water with shaving cream floating on top, with blue food coloring dripping through, next to a can of shaving cream

Use shaving cream and food coloring to simulate clouds and rain. This is an easy science experiment little ones will beg to do over and over.

Learn more: Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station

69. Use water to “flip” a drawing

Drawing of a hand with the thumb up and a glass of water

Light refraction causes some really cool effects, and there are multiple easy science experiments you can do with it. This one uses refraction to “flip” a drawing; you can also try the famous “disappearing penny” trick .

Learn more: Go Science Kids

70. Send a soda geyser sky-high

Students looking surprised as foamy liquid shoots up out of diet soda bottles

You’ve always wondered if this really works, so it’s time to find out for yourself! Kids will marvel at the chemical reaction that sends diet soda shooting high in the air when Mentos are added.

Learn more: Scholastic/Soda Explosion

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10 Awesome 5-Minute Science Experiments

Krystal DeVille

October 1, 2023

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Sometimes you don’t have enough time to do a full experiment during class.

But, you still want to be able to demonstrate the lesson!

All of these science experiments can be done in about 5 minutes! Plus, you likely already have everything you need to do them.

If you don’t have everything you need, all of these ingredients can be easily found at a grocery store.

If you’re doing these science experiments at home, remember that just because they only take 5 minutes, the fun doesn’t have to stop there!

As an example, check out the bouncy ball experiment below. You can make these bouncy balls in 5 minutes, and keep enjoying them for hours after.

—– If you’d like more STEM activity ideas, make sure to grab my FREE eBook on 25 STEM activities here . —–

Have any other quick science experiments you love? Please share them with us in the comments below!

Alright, now let’s get started with these fun and quick 5-minute science experiments.

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10 Quick Science Experiments You Can Do with Ingredients at Home

1. easy slime recipe.

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This slime recipe is so simple! All you need is glue, water, and borax. You can add some creativity to the mix by also coloring the slime with food coloring. Mix the ingredients together, and see how the borax and glue react with each other to form a non-Newtonian liquid – slime!

2. Make an Eggshell Disappear

Rubber Egg Science Experiment and Explanation

By simply soaking an egg in vinegar, the shell will disappear.

The setup and observation for this science experiment takes only 5-minutes, but you have to wait 48 hours until the chemical reaction between the shell and vinegar dissolves the shell completely. When it’s done, the outside layer of the shell will be the eggs membrane. It feels like a this squishy rubber egg you can keep playing with. (Be careful though – they can still burst!)

3. DIY Bouncy Ball

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While you’re making slime, give this project a go too. By adding starch, you can turn your slime into a bouncy ball. Clear glue also makes great looking bouncy balls!

4. Magic Milk Science Experiment

magic milk experiment

This experiment is commonly referred to as exploding colors. With just a bit of food coloring, milk, and dish soap, you can cause a reaction that will make the colors burst apart. The dish soaps causes the fat molecules in the milk to separate to send the colors flying.

5. Density Jars

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This amazing density jar has 9 layers! You can take it a level further by adding solid objects that will “float” between the layers too. Which liquid do you think will float at the top? Create your own hypothesis before the experiment and then observe the results.

6. DIY Lava Lamp

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Creating your own lava lamp is another fun way to learn about density. Mix oil and food coloring together. Add the colored oil to a jar of water. Then drop in an alka seltzer tablet.

The liquid will begin to fizz and push the oil up, but the oil and water won’t mix. Slowly the oil, which is more dense, will fall back to the bottom of the bottle.

7. Levitate a Match

science projects 5 minute crafts

You’ll have to watch closely for this quick science experiment! Simply lean a match onto another match. Light the leaning match at the center. It will burn towards the top of the match, and when the two match heads ignite they fuse together! The leaning match, which is now less heavy from burning, will levitate up into the air.

8. Exploding Bag Experiment

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Who doesn’t love a science experiments that end in a POP!? This exploding bag experiment is perfect for waking up the class. All you need is baking soda and vinegar to make a bag explode.

When baking soda and vinegar react, they produce carbon dioxide which fills up the bag. Soon there will be so much carbon dioxide causing pressure in the bag, it will burst!

9. Fingerprint Balloons

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Look closely at your fingerprints and compare it to classmates by placing your finger print on a balloon. You’ll need stamp ink and balloons. Inflate the balloon to enlarge your fingerprints, so you can take a closer look. Can you identify the different patterns in your own print?

10. Elephant Toothpaste

science projects 5 minute crafts

Elephant toothpaste seems to be an experiment that’s blown up on Pinterest. This fun chemical reaction will leave you with a bunch of foam you can keep on playing with.

11. Exploding Colors Science Experiment

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Here’s another fun experiment to show the chemical reaction between baking soda & vinegar – but there’s a twist! You hide food coloring underneath the baking soda, so before you add the vinegar, the class has to guess the color that will explode from the bowl.

With these quick science experiments, you don’t need much time to demonstrate a lesson in a fun, engaging way. I hope you enjoy these experiments as much as I do!

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Easy FIVE MINUTE Science Experiments

January 8, 2024 By Emma Vanstone Leave a Comment

These easy five-minute science experiments are great when you need a quick science activity or demonstration but don’t have a long time to prepare or run an investigation.

Each q uick and easy science experiment uses materials you probably already have and are quick and easy to prepare, carry out and clear up afterwards.

Ten quick and easy science experiments

Test reaction time.

All you need to test your reaction time is a ruler and a willing helper. This activity takes less than five minutes, even if you do it a few times! If you don’t have a ruler, print my reaction time template and use that!

Ruler and paper for a reaction time test

Make an Optical Illusion

A basic optical illusion is easy to create using paper, pens and a straw or pencil. I also have a handy template you can use to make it even speedier.

Fish tank optical illusion

Refraction reversing experiment

Use a simple glass of water to reverse writing or a drawing. This activity is simple but very impressive and can be themed in many different ways. My favourite is our Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland reversing signs .

Light Refraction Experiment

Is your arm span the same as your height?

Find out if your arm span is the same as your height with a simple investigation. The best thing about this activity is it needs zero resources!!

Another similar idea is to work out how many of your own feet tall you are .

girl measuring her arm span against a fence

Straw Rockets

These simple straw rockets take just a few minutes to build and test and can be used over and over again.

Straw Rocket

Paper spinners

If you haven’t made a paper spinner , you’re missing out! Spinners are very easy to make. You only need paper, scissors and a paperclip, and they always work!

We like to experiment with big and small spinners to find out which falls the fastest.

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Inertia ball drop demonstration

A simple inertia demonstration using a glass and a lemon takes just minutes to set up and always gets a big thumbs up from an audience.

Just pull the yellow card quickly to the side and watch as the lemon drops into the glass!

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Unbreakable egg experiment

Find out how to make an unbreakable egg . This almost always works, but be ready for some mess, just in case.

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Make a rainbow

Did you know you can make a rainbow even on a cloudy day? You will need a prism for this, but these are inexpensive to buy.

If the sun is shining, you can use a hosepipe to see a rainbow. Stand with your back to the sun and spray the hosepipe into the air. A rainbow should form in the water droplets.

prism on a window sill splitting light into it's constituent colours

Density Jar

A simple density jar is easy to create and uses just oil and water. Kids love to find different objects to float on each layer, and if you have more time, you can create a density column with more layers.

girl looking through a jar of water and oil where the oil and water have separated

DIY Phone Speaker

Learn about sounds and how they are amplified with a simple DIY mobile phone speaker .

everything you need to make a DIY phone speaker

If you can think of any more five minute science experiments , let me know!

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Are you looking for cool science experiments for kids at home or for class? We've got you covered! We've compiled a list of 37 of the best science experiments for kids that cover areas of science ranging from outer space to dinosaurs to chemical reactions. By doing these easy science experiments, kids will make their own blubber and see how polar bears stay warm, make a rain cloud in a jar to observe how weather changes, create a potato battery that'll really power a lightbulb, and more.

Below are 37 of the best science projects for kids to try. For each one we include a description of the experiment, which area(s) of science it teaches kids about, how difficult it is (easy/medium/hard), how messy it is (low/medium/high), and the materials you need to do the project. Note that experiments labelled "hard" are definitely still doable; they just require more materials or time than most of these other science experiments for kids.

#1: Insect Hotels

  • Teaches Kids About: Zoology
  • Difficulty Level: Medium
  • Messiness Level: Medium

Insect hotels can be as simple (just a few sticks wrapped in a bundle) or as elaborate as you'd like, and they're a great way for kids to get creative making the hotel and then get rewarded by seeing who has moved into the home they built. After creating a hotel with hiding places for bugs, place it outside (near a garden is often a good spot), wait a few days, then check it to see who has occupied the "rooms." You can also use a bug ID book or app to try and identify the visitors.

  • Materials Needed
  • Shadow box or other box with multiple compartments
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Sticks, bark, small rocks, dried leaves, bits of yarn/wool, etc.

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#2: DIY Lava Lamp

  • Teaches Kids About: Chemical reactions
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

In this quick and fun science experiment, kids will mix water, oil, food coloring, and antacid tablets to create their own (temporary) lava lamp . Oil and water don't mix easily, and the antacid tablets will cause the oil to form little globules that are dyed by the food coloring. Just add the ingredients together and you'll end up with a homemade lava lamp!

  • Vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Antacid tablets

#3: Magnetic Slime

  • Teaches Kids About: Magnets
  • Messiness Level: High (The slime is black and will slightly dye your fingers when you play with it, but it washes off easily.)

A step up from silly putty and Play-Doh, magnetic slime is fun to play with but also teaches kids about magnets and how they attract and repel each other. Some of the ingredients you aren't likely to have around the house, but they can all be purchased online. After mixing the ingredients together, you can use the neodymium magnet (regular magnets won't be strong enough) to make the magnetic slime move without touching it!

  • Liquid starch
  • Adhesive glue
  • Iron oxide powder
  • Neodymium (rare earth) magnet

#4: Baking Soda Volcanoes

  • Teaches Kids About: Chemical reactions, earth science
  • Difficulty Level: Easy-medium
  • Messiness Level: High

Baking soda volcanoes are one of the classic science projects for kids, and they're also one of the most popular. It's hard to top the excitement of a volcano erupting inside your home. This experiment can also be as simple or in-depth as you like. For the eruption, all you need is baking soda and vinegar (dishwashing detergent adds some extra power to the eruption), but you can make the "volcano" as elaborate and lifelike as you wish.

  • Baking soda
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Large mason jar or soda bottle
  • Playdough or aluminum foil to make the "volcano"
  • Additional items to place around the volcano (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)

#5: Tornado in a Jar

  • Teaches Kids About: Weather
  • Messiness Level: Low

This is one of the quick and easy and science experiments for kids to teach them about weather. It only takes about five minutes and a few materials to set up, but once you have it ready you and your kids can create your own miniature tornado whose vortex you can see and the strength of which you can change depending on how quickly you swirl the jar.

  • Glitter (optional)

#6: Colored Celery Experiment

  • Teaches Kids About: Plants

This celery science experiment is another classic science experiment that parents and teachers like because it's easy to do and gives kids a great visual understanding of how transpiration works and how plants get water and nutrients. Just place celery stalks in cups of colored water, wait at least a day, and you'll see the celery leaves take on the color of the water. This happens because celery stalks (like other plants) contain small capillaries that they use to transport water and nutrients throughout the plant.

  • Celery stalks (can also use white flowers or pale-colored cabbage)

#7: Rain Cloud in a Jar

This experiment teaches kids about weather and lets them learn how clouds form by making their own rain cloud . This is definitely a science project that requires adult supervision since it uses boiling water as one of the ingredients, but once you pour the water into a glass jar, the experiment is fast and easy, and you'll be rewarded with a little cloud forming in the jar due to condensation.

  • Glass jar with a lid
  • Boiling water
  • Aerosol hairspray

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#8: Edible Rock Candy

  • Teaches Kids About: Crystal formation

It takes about a week for the crystals of this rock candy experiment to form, but once they have you'll be able to eat the results! After creating a sugar solution, you'll fill jars with it and dangle strings in them that'll slowly become covered with the crystals. This experiment involves heating and pouring boiling water, so adult supervision is necessary, once that step is complete, even very young kids will be excited to watch crystals slowly form.

  • Large saucepan
  • Clothespins
  • String or small skewers
  • Candy flavoring (optional)

#9: Water Xylophone

  • Teaches Kids About: Sound waves

With just some basic materials you can create your own musical instrument to teach kids about sound waves. In this water xylophone experiment , you'll fill glass jars with varying levels of water. Once they're all lined up, kids can hit the sides with wooden sticks and see how the itch differs depending on how much water is in the jar (more water=lower pitch, less water=higher pitch). This is because sound waves travel differently depending on how full the jars are with water.

  • Wooden sticks/skewers

#10: Blood Model in a Jar

  • Teaches Kids About: Human biology

This blood model experiment is a great way to get kids to visual what their blood looks like and how complicated it really is. Each ingredient represents a different component of blood (plasma, platelets, red blood cells, etc.), so you just add a certain amount of each to the jar, swirl it around a bit, and you have a model of what your blood looks like.

  • Empty jar or bottle
  • Red cinnamon candies
  • Marshmallows or dry white lima beans
  • White sprinkles

#11: Potato Battery

  • Teaches Kids About: Electricity
  • Difficulty Level: Hard

Did you know that a simple potato can produce enough energy to keep a light bulb lit for over a month? You can create a simple potato battery to show kids. There are kits that provide all the necessary materials and how to set it up, but if you don't purchase one of these it can be a bit trickier to gather everything you need and assemble it correctly. Once it's set though, you'll have your own farm grown battery!

  • Fresh potato
  • Galvanized nail
  • Copper coin

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#12: Homemade Pulley

  • Teaches Kids About: Simple machines

This science activity requires some materials you may not already have, but once you've gotten them, the homemade pulley takes only a few minutes to set up, and you can leave the pulley up for your kids to play with all year round. This pulley is best set up outside, but can also be done indoors.

  • Clothesline
  • 2 clothesline pulleys

#13: Light Refraction

  • Teaches Kids About: Light

This light refraction experiment takes only a few minutes to set up and uses basic materials, but it's a great way to show kids how light travels. You'll draw two arrows on a sticky note, stick it to the wall, then fill a clear water bottle with water. As you move the water bottle in front of the arrows, the arrows will appear to change the direction they're pointing. This is because of the refraction that occurs when light passes through materials like water and plastic.

  • Sticky note
  • Transparent water bottle

#14: Nature Journaling

  • Teaches Kids About: Ecology, scientific observation

A nature journal is a great way to encourage kids to be creative and really pay attention to what's going on around them. All you need is a blank journal (you can buy one or make your own) along with something to write with. Then just go outside and encourage your children to write or draw what they notice. This could include descriptions of animals they see, tracings of leaves, a drawing of a beautiful flower, etc. Encourage your kids to ask questions about what they observe (Why do birds need to build nests? Why is this flower so brightly colored?) and explain to them that scientists collect research by doing exactly what they're doing now.

  • Blank journal or notebook
  • Pens/pencils/crayons/markers
  • Tape or glue for adding items to the journal

#15: DIY Solar Oven

  • Teaches Kids About: Solar energy

This homemade solar oven definitely requires some adult help to set up, but after it's ready you'll have your own mini oven that uses energy from the sun to make s'mores or melt cheese on pizza. While the food is cooking, you can explain to kids how the oven uses the sun's rays to heat the food.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Knife or box cutter
  • Permanent marker
  • Plastic cling wrap
  • Black construction paper

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#16: Animal Blubber Simulation

  • Teaches Kids About: Ecology, zoology

If your kids are curious about how animals like polar bears and seals stay warm in polar climates, you can go beyond just explaining it to them; you can actually have them make some of their own blubber and test it out. After you've filled up a large bowl with ice water and let it sit for a few minutes to get really cold, have your kids dip a bare hand in and see how many seconds they can last before their hand gets too cold. Next, coat one of their fingers in shortening and repeat the experiment. Your child will notice that, with the shortening acting like a protective layer of blubber, they don't feel the cold water nearly as much.

  • Bowl of ice water

#17: Static Electricity Butterfly

This experiment is a great way for young kids to learn about static electricity, and it's more fun and visual than just having them rub balloons against their heads. First you'll create a butterfly, using thick paper (such as cardstock) for the body and tissue paper for the wings. Then, blow up the balloon, have the kids rub it against their head for a few seconds, then move the balloon to just above the butterfly's wings. The wings will move towards the balloon due to static electricity, and it'll look like the butterfly is flying.

  • Tissue paper
  • Thick paper
  • Glue stick/glue

#18: Edible Double Helix

  • Teaches Kids About: Genetics

If your kids are learning about genetics, you can do this edible double helix craft to show them how DNA is formed, what its different parts are, and what it looks like. The licorice will form the sides or backbone of the DNA and each color of marshmallow will represent one of the four chemical bases. Kids will be able to see that only certain chemical bases pair with each other.

  • 2 pieces of licorice
  • 12 toothpicks
  • Small marshmallows in 4 colors (9 of each color)
  • 5 paperclips

#19: Leak-Proof Bag

  • Teaches Kids About: Molecules, plastics

This is an easy experiment that'll appeal to kids of a variety of ages. Just take a zip-lock bag, fill it about ⅔ of the way with water, and close the top. Next, poke a few sharp objects (like bamboo skewers or sharp pencils) through one end and out the other. At this point you may want to dangle the bag above your child's head, but no need to worry about spills because the bag won't leak? Why not? It's because the plastic used to make zip-lock bags is made of polymers, or long chains of molecules that'll quickly join back together when they're forced apart.

  • Zip-lock bags
  • Objects with sharp ends (pencils, bamboo skewers, etc.)

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#20: How Do Leaves Breathe?

  • Teaches Kids About: Plant science

It takes a few hours to see the results of this leaf experiment , but it couldn't be easier to set up, and kids will love to see a leaf actually "breathing." Just get a large-ish leaf, place it in a bowl (glass works best so you can see everything) filled with water, place a small rock on the leaf to weigh it down, and leave it somewhere sunny. Come back in a few hours and you'll see little bubbles in the water created when the leaf releases the oxygen it created during photosynthesis.

  • Large bowl (preferably glass)
  • Magnifying glass (optional)

#21: Popsicle Stick Catapults

Kids will love shooting pom poms out of these homemade popsicle stick catapults . After assembling the catapults out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and plastic spoons, they're ready to launch pom poms or other lightweight objects. To teach kids about simple machines, you can ask them about how they think the catapults work, what they should do to make the pom poms go a farther/shorter distance, and how the catapult could be made more powerful.

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic spoons
  • Paint (optional)

#22: Elephant Toothpaste

You won't want to do this experiment near anything that's difficult to clean (outside may be best), but kids will love seeing this " elephant toothpaste " crazily overflowing the bottle and oozing everywhere. Pour the hydrogen peroxide, food coloring, and dishwashing soap into the bottle, and in the cup mix the yeast packet with some warm water for about 30 seconds. Then, add the yeast mixture to the bottle, stand back, and watch the solution become a massive foamy mixture that pours out of the bottle! The "toothpaste" is formed when the yeast removed the oxygen bubbles from the hydrogen peroxide which created foam. This is an exothermic reaction, and it creates heat as well as foam (you can have kids notice that the bottle became warm as the reaction occurred).

  • Clean 16-oz soda bottle
  • 6% solution of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • Dishwashing soap

#23: How Do Penguins Stay Dry?

Penguins, and many other birds, have special oil-producing glands that coat their feathers with a protective layer that causes water to slide right off them, keeping them warm and dry. You can demonstrate this to kids with this penguin craft by having them color a picture of a penguin with crayons, then spraying the picture with water. The wax from the crayons will have created a protective layer like the oil actual birds coat themselves with, and the paper won't absorb the water.

  • Penguin image (included in link)
  • Spray bottle
  • Blue food coloring (optional)

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#24: Rock Weathering Experiment

  • Teaches Kids About: Geology

This mechanical weathering experiment teaches kids why and how rocks break down or erode. Take two pieces of clay, form them into balls, and wrap them in plastic wrap. Then, leave one out while placing the other in the freezer overnight. The next day, unwrap and compare them. You can repeat freezing the one piece of clay every night for several days to see how much more cracked and weathered it gets than the piece of clay that wasn't frozen. It may even begin to crumble. This weathering also happens to rocks when they are subjected to extreme temperatures, and it's one of the causes of erosion.

  • Plastic wrap

#25: Saltwater Density

  • Teaches Kids About: Water density

For this saltwater density experiment , you'll fill four clear glasses with water, then add salt to one glass, sugar to one glass, and baking soda to one glass, leaving one glass with just water. Then, float small plastic pieces or grapes in each of the glasses and observe whether they float or not. Saltwater is denser than freshwater, which means some objects may float in saltwater that would sink in freshwater. You can use this experiment to teach kids about the ocean and other bodies of saltwater, such as the Dead Sea, which is so salty people can easily float on top of it.

  • Four clear glasses
  • Lightweight plastic objects or small grapes

#26: Starburst Rock Cycle

With just a package of Starbursts and a few other materials, you can create models of each of the three rock types: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Sedimentary "rocks" will be created by pressing thin layers of Starbursts together, metamorphic by heating and pressing Starbursts, and igneous by applying high levels of heat to the Starbursts. Kids will learn how different types of rocks are forms and how the three rock types look different from each other.

  • Toaster oven

#27: Inertia Wagon Experiment

  • Teaches Kids About: Inertia

This simple experiment teaches kids about inertia (as well as the importance of seatbelts!). Take a small wagon, fill it with a tall stack of books, then have one of your children pull it around then stop abruptly. They won't be able to suddenly stop the wagon without the stack of books falling. You can have the kids predict which direction they think the books will fall and explain that this happens because of inertia, or Newton's first law.

  • Stack of books

#28: Dinosaur Tracks

  • Teaches Kids About: Paleontology

How are some dinosaur tracks still visible millions of years later? By mixing together several ingredients, you'll get a claylike mixture you can press your hands/feet or dinosaur models into to make dinosaur track imprints . The mixture will harden and the imprints will remain, showing kids how dinosaur (and early human) tracks can stay in rock for such a long period of time.

  • Used coffee grounds
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rolling pin

#29: Sidewalk Constellations

  • Teaches Kids About: Astronomy

If you do this sidewalk constellation craft , you'll be able to see the Big Dipper and Orion's Belt in the daylight. On the sidewalk, have kids draw the lines of constellations (using constellation diagrams for guidance) and place stones where the stars are. You can then look at astronomy charts to see where the constellations they drew will be in the sky.

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Small stones
  • Diagrams of constellations

#30: Lung Model

By building a lung model , you can teach kids about respiration and how their lungs work. After cutting off the bottom of a plastic bottle, you'll stretch a balloon around the opened end and insert another balloon through the mouth of the bottle. You'll then push a straw through the neck of the bottle and secure it with a rubber band and play dough. By blowing into the straw, the balloons will inflate then deflate, similar to how our lungs work.

  • Plastic bottle
  • Rubber band

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#31: Homemade Dinosaur Bones

By mixing just flour, salt, and water, you'll create a basic salt dough that'll harden when baked. You can use this dough to make homemade dinosaur bones and teach kids about paleontology. You can use books or diagrams to learn how different dinosaur bones were shaped, and you can even bury the bones in a sandpit or something similar and then excavate them the way real paleontologists do.

  • Images of dinosaur bones

#32: Clay and Toothpick Molecules

There are many variations on homemade molecule science crafts . This one uses clay and toothpicks, although gumdrops or even small pieces of fruit like grapes can be used in place of clay. Roll the clay into balls and use molecule diagrams to attach the clay to toothpicks in the shape of the molecules. Kids can make numerous types of molecules and learn how atoms bond together to form molecules.

  • Clay or gumdrops (in four colors)
  • Diagrams of molecules

#33: Articulated Hand Model

By creating an articulated hand model , you can teach kids about bones, joints, and how our hands are able to move in many ways and accomplish so many different tasks. After creating a hand out of thin foam, kids will cut straws to represent the different bones in the hand and glue them to the fingers of the hand models. You'll then thread yarn (which represents tendons) through the straws, stabilize the model with a chopstick or other small stick, and end up with a hand model that moves and bends the way actual human hands do.

  • Straws (paper work best)
  • Twine or yarn

#34: Solar Energy Experiment

  • Teaches Kids About: Solar energy, light rays

This solar energy science experiment will teach kids about solar energy and how different colors absorb different amounts of energy. In a sunny spot outside, place six colored pieces of paper next to each other, and place an ice cube in the middle of each paper. Then, observe how quickly each of the ice cubes melt. The ice cube on the black piece of paper will melt fastest since black absorbs the most light (all the light ray colors), while the ice cube on the white paper will melt slowest since white absorbs the least light (it instead reflects light). You can then explain why certain colors look the way they do. (Colors besides black and white absorb all light except for the one ray color they reflect; this is the color they appear to us.)

  • 6 squares of differently colored paper/cardstock (must include black paper and white paper)

#35: How to Make Lightning

  • Teaches Kids About: Electricity, weather

You don't need a storm to see lightning; you can actually create your own lightning at home . For younger kids this experiment requires adult help and supervision. You'll stick a thumbtack through the bottom of an aluminum tray, then stick the pencil eraser to the pushpin. You'll then rub the piece of wool over the aluminum tray, and then set the tray on the Styrofoam, where it'll create a small spark/tiny bolt of lightning!

  • Pencil with eraser
  • Aluminum tray or pie tin
  • Styrofoam tray

#36: Tie-Dyed Milk

  • Teaches Kids About: Surface tension

For this magic milk experiment , partly fill a shallow dish with milk, then add a one drop of each food coloring color to different parts of the milk. The food coloring will mostly stay where you placed it. Next, carefully add one drop of dish soap to the middle of the milk. It'll cause the food coloring to stream through the milk and away from the dish soap. This is because the dish soap breaks up the surface tension of the milk by dissolving the milk's fat molecules.

  • Shallow dish
  • Milk (high-fat works best)

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#37: How Do Stalactites Form?

Have you ever gone into a cave and seen huge stalactites hanging from the top of the cave? Stalactites are formed by dripping water. The water is filled with particles which slowly accumulate and harden over the years, forming stalactites. You can recreate that process with this stalactite experiment . By mixing a baking soda solution, dipping a piece of wool yarn in the jar and running it to another jar, you'll be able to observe baking soda particles forming and hardening along the yarn, similar to how stalactites grow.

  • Safety pins
  • 2 glass jars

Summary: Cool Science Experiments for Kids

Any one of these simple science experiments for kids can get children learning and excited about science. You can choose a science experiment based on your child's specific interest or what they're currently learning about, or you can do an experiment on an entirely new topic to expand their learning and teach them about a new area of science. From easy science experiments for kids to the more challenging ones, these will all help kids have fun and learn more about science.

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Kids love experimenting , and these 50 simple science experiments for kids at home from Brigitte are perfect for all ages! Plus, you probably already have the basic supplies at home.

My daughters and I have had a lot of fun doing science experiments. Each year when we create our spring and summer list , we make sure to include “science days” which are days filled with science experiments.

Sometimes our science experiments don’t work according to plan, but I have been told that all scientists have failures with experiments from time to time.

It’s okay if they aren’t all successes.

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I love these 50 simple science experiments for you to try with your little scientists. They all use basic household supplies that you probably already have at home!

Most of these are experiments my daughters and I have done together. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

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Simple Science Experiments with Water

Not only can water  be a blast to play in, but water plus a few basic supplies equals a lot of science fun!

  • Make an orange sink and float with an orange buoyancy experiment from Playdough to Plato.
  • Compare the amount of salt in different types of water with this salty egg experiment  as seen on Uplifting Mayhem.
  • Do a little more sinking or floating with a fun sink or float experiment  even toddlers can do from Hands On As We Grow.
  • Use the free printable to record what sinks or floats in an outdoor experiment from Buggy and Buddy.
  • Create some beautiful pieces of paper with this rainbow paper experiment from Science Kiddo.
  • Talk about solutions as you try the “what dissolves in water” experiment  as seen on Hands On As We Grow.
  • Learn about water absorption with this simple experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands.
  • Mix some fun colors with this oil and water experiment  from Fun Learning for Kids.
  • Make your own lava lamp , just like on  Hands On As We Grow.
  • Can you keep all the water in the bag? Try it with a  leak-proof bag experiment  as seen on Hands On As We Grow.
  • Learn about surface tension with this  magic finger pepper experiment  found on Hands On As We Grow.
  • Make your own  water cycle in a bottle  as seen on A Dab of Glue Will Do.

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Simple Science Experiments with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda + vinegar = a great chemical reaction! This fizzy reaction can fuel a variety of simple science experiments at home.

First of all, we have tested and found out the absolute best combination of baking soda and vinegar to get the best reaction possible. It makes a difference if you add vinegar to baking soda or vice versa! And how much you use!

  • Inflate a balloon without blowing into it with a baking soda and vinegar balloon experiment  as seen on Little Bins for Little Hands.
  • Practice colors as you do a baking soda and vinegar with color experiment as seen on Hands On As We Grow.
  • Have fun outside with an outdoor volcano eruption  as seen on Preschool Inspirations.
  • Have more volcano fun by making apple volcanoes as seen on The Resourceful Mama.
  • Learn about acids and bases and the chemical reaction that occurs when you make apple seeds dance with a   jumping apple seeds experiment  as seen on JDaniel4s Mom.
  • Watch some rice dance with a   dancing rice experiment as seen on Green Kid Crafts.
  • Continue your dance party by making raisins dance with a dancing raisin experiment  as seen on 123 Homeschool 4 Me. What other items can you get to dance?
  • Learn more about acids and bases by dissolving a sea shell as seen on Teach Beside Me.
  • Make an egg shell disappear with this disappearing egg activity  as seen on Premeditated Leftovers.
  • See how far you can launch a soda bottle with this baking soda powered boat as seen on Science Sparks.
  • Make your own rocks (or eggs) with this fizzy treasure rocks experiment as seen on Living Life and Learning.
  • Have some fun this summer with this frozen vinegar experiment as seen on Inspiration Laboratories.

Plant Themed Simple Science Experiments

Enjoy learning about seeds, plant parts, and how plants grow with these simple science experiments.

  • Learn about how plants soak up water through their stems with a flower experiment for kids  from Growing A Jeweled Rose.
  • Watch seeds sprout as you grow seeds in a jar  as seen on Teaching Mama.
  • Learn about the parts of the seed with a seed coat experiment as seen on Gift of Curiosity.
  • Build a house out of sponges and then watch it sprout with this sprout house as seen on The Stem Laboratory.
  • Learn what liquids allow seeds to grow the best with this seed experiment  as seen on Gift of Curiosity.
  • Explore how plants grow towards the light with this shoe-box maze experiment from Plants for Kids.

Try these 50 simple science experiments for kids that use supplies you already have at home!

Animal Themed Simple Science Experiments

Learning about animals can be even more fun with some simple hands-on simple science experiments.

  • Find out more about giraffes and create some giraffe spots  as seen on Preschool Powol Packets.
  • Learn about how animals in the Arctic keep warm by making an arctic glove  as seen on Steve Spangler Science.
  • Discover how penguins stay dry with a penguin feather experiment as seen on Raising Little Superheroes.
  • Learn about different bird beaks with a bird beak experiment as seen on Blessed Beyond a Doubt.
  • Explore how fish (and hermit crabs) breathe with this gill experiment  as seen on Preschool Powol Packets.
  • Learn about sharks with a   shark buoyancy experiment as seen on Little Bins for Little Hands.

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Even More Simple Science Experiment for Kids at Home!

If you are still looking for more science fun, you may enjoy the following simple science experiments.

  • Find out how sugary drinks hurt teeth with an  eggs-periment  as seen on Feels Like Home Blog.
  • Discover geodes (the state rock of Iowa) with this eggshell geode crystal experiment  as seen on Science Bob.
  • Learn about air pressure with an egg and bottle experiment  as seen on Science Sparks.
  • Find out what causes an apple to brown with this apple science experiment  as seen on Teach Beside Me.
  • Make an  edible bubble apple with an experiment as seen on Preschool Powol Packet.
  • Learn more about surface tension with a penny and water experiment  as seen on Artful Parent.
  • Mix colors like magic with this color changing milk experiment  from Hands On As We Grow.
  • Blow up a balloon with this soda and balloon experiment from Learn Play Imagine.
  • Practice letters by making beautiful crystal letters as seen on Books and Giggles.
  • Make your own indoor hovercraft  as seen on Living Life and Learning.
  • Learn about colors with this beautiful butterfly chromatography craft  as seen on Buggy and Buddy.
  • Make soap souffle  as seen on Steve Spangler Science.
  • After talking about liquids and solids (and finding them in your own home), create oobleck  as seen on Babble Dabble Do. Is it a liquid, or is it a solid?
  • Learn about frost by making some indoor frost as seen on Little Bin for Little Hands.
  • Make your own homemade butter in a jar as seen on Happy Hooligans.

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45 Easy Science Experiments for Kids

Hello, STEM! These simple DIY activities can be done at home or in school.

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Imagine blowing the biggest bubbles imaginable — or even making bubbles within bubbles. Or sending vessels — rockets, tea bags, airplanes — soaring through the sky for impossible distances. Now imagine making things explode, or change colors, or reveal hidden messages with just a few simple mixtures.

First off, it's good to start them off with the scientific method. Give them a journal to record their observations, questions, hypotheses, experiments, results and conclusions. As always, safety counts: wear goggles and coats or aprons if need be (sometimes kids get a kick out of how scientific the protective gear makes them look), and always make sure that the kids are supervised when doing them. (Warning: Some of these are messy!)

These experiments are mostly designed for preschoolers through elementary schoolers — with a couple that are either demonstrations or better for older kids — but if you have a younger one, you can check out these 1-year-old learning activities , toddler learning activities and preschool/kindergarten learning activities , some of which also cover STEM subjects.

Floating Fish

dryerase fish float in a shallow dish of water as part of an athome science experiment for kids

Here's another one that deals with solubility and density.

  • Draw the outline of a fish on the bottom of a glass plate or tray in dry-erase marker. Retrace your drawing to make sure all the lines are connected. Let dry for a minute or two.
  • Fill the measuring cup with tap water. Place the pour spout just inside the corner of the dish and add water very slowly until it just covers the bottom. Be careful not to pour water directly onto your drawing or make splashes near it. The water will move toward your drawing, eventually surrounding it. Observe what happens. If the water splashes or it doesn’t work on your first try, empty the dish, erase the drawing with a paper towel, dry off the dish, and try again.
  • Tilt the dish slightly from side to side. What happens? Jot it down.

The ink in dry erase markers is engineered to be slippery. It’s made with a chemical that causes it to easily release from surfaces. (Permanent markers are made with a chemical that makes the ink stick to surfaces, so be sure not to use these in your experiment!)

The easy-release ink lets go from a surface, but why does it float? There are two reasons. First, dry erase ink isn’t soluble, which means it won’t dissolve in water. Second, dry erase ink is less dense than the water, so it becomes buoyant, meaning it can float. When you tilt the dish, the fish moves around on the water’s surface.

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Brush, Brush!

eggs, toothbrushes and different kinds of liquids form the materials for this at home science experiment for kids

This one will really get them into brushing their teeth once they scientifically prove all the good things that toothpaste can do.

  • Write on sticky notes: Soda 1, Soda 2, Juice 1, and Juice 2. Place them in a row on a counter.
  • Fill two glasses halfway with brown soda and place behind the Soda 1 and Soda 2 sticky notes. Fill two glasses halfway with lemon juice and place behind the Juice 1 and Juice 2 sticky notes.
  • Carefully place one egg in the bowl. Squeeze a big dollop — about one tablespoon — of toothpaste on top of the egg and gently rub the toothpaste all around with your hands until the egg is completely covered in a thick layer of toothpaste. Repeat with a second egg.
  • Gently submerge the toothpaste-covered eggs into the liquids: one egg in the glass labeled Soda 1 and the other egg in the glass labeled Juice 1. Wash and dry your hands.
  • Gently submerge the remaining eggs, without toothpaste on them, in the remaining glasses: one in the glass labeled Soda 2 and the other in the glass of juice labeled Juice 2. Wash and dry your hands. Leave the eggs in the glasses for 12 hours.
  • After 12 hours, remove the eggs from the glasses of soda one at a time. Rinse them in cool water and pat them dry with the towel. Place each egg by the sticky note of the glass it was in. Are the eggs the same or different colors?
  • Remove the eggs from the glasses of juice one at a time. Rinse them under the faucet and pat them dry. Place each egg by the sticky note of the glass it was in. Feel the eggs gently. Does one feel stronger or weaker than the other?
  • Write down your observations in your science notebook.

The eggshells in this experiment represent the enamel (outer coating) on your teeth. Toothpaste cleans your teeth and prevents stains: it removes food and drink particles that are stuck on your teeth. Teeth can be stained easily by dark-colored liquids like cola, coffee or tea. The egg without toothpaste will be brown and discolored. The egg covered in toothpaste was protected from turning brown.

Toothpaste also protects your pearly whites from decay (breaking down). The egg without toothpaste left in the lemon juice was worn down and soft to the touch, while the egg that was protected with toothpaste is stronger. The lemon juice is acidic, and those acids broke down the shell just as acidic drinks can wear away your tooth enamel. When a tooth is worn down, a cavity can form more easily. But the fluoride in toothpaste mixes with your saliva to create a protective coating around your tooth enamel. It helps keep your teeth strong and cavity-free.

Grow an Avocado Tree

an avocado tree grows from a pit as part of this at home science experiment for kids

For an easy lesson in Earth Science, your family can grow an avocado tree from a pit. You can buy an AvoSeedo kit , or just peel the seed and suspend it over water with toothpicks.

Get the tutorial »

Milk Bottle Xylophone

milk bottle xylophone consisting of seven bottles of varying amounts of coloured water and a metal spoon, in a row, as part of an at home science experiment

No for an experiment in sound!

  • Arrange six glass jars or bottles, all the same size with no lids, in a line. What will each jar sound like when you tap it with a spoon? Make a prediction, then tap each jar. Record your observations.
  • Next, put water in each of the jars. Pour 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) of water into the first jar. Add 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) of water to the second jar. Continue in 1⁄4-cup increments, adding 3⁄4 cup (180 ml) of water to the third jar, 1 cup (240 ml) of water to the fourth jar, 11⁄4 cups (300 ml) of water to the fifth jar, and 11⁄2 cups (360 ml) to the sixth jar. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to each jar.
  • What will each jar sound like? Will they sound the same or different than when the container was empty? Will they sound the same or different from one another? Record your predictions.
  • Tap each jar with a metal spoon. Write down your observations about each jar’s pitch (how high or low a sound is) in your notebook.

Sound waves are created by vibrations, which are back-and-forth movements that are repeated again and again. Pitch depends on the frequency of the waves — how many are created each second. A high pitch is created by high-frequency sound waves, and can sound squeaky. A low pitch is created by low-frequency sound waves, and sounds deep and booming.

When you tapped the jar, it vibrated. The vibrations traveled from the jar to the water to the air and eventually to your ears. The jars with more water had a low pitch. The sound waves vibrated more slowly because they had more water to travel through. The jars with less water had higher pitches. The sound waves vibrated faster because they had less water to travel through. A jar with no water in it makes the highest pitch because it has the least substance to travel through.

"Elephant Toothpaste"

foamy striped elephant toothpaste overflows from a bottle in this science experiment for kids

Okay, elephants don't really brush with this stuff, which is made from a chemical reaction between hydrogen peroxide, yeast, dish soap and a few other simple ingredients. But this experiment has a big "wow" factor since, when the substances are mixed, the "toothpaste" foams out of the bottle. You can use it to teach kids about catalysts and exothermic reactions.

Get the tutorial at Babble Dabble Do »

DIY Compass

a diy compass, made as a science experiment for kids, floats in a bowl next to a digital compass pointing in the same direction

Explore the way magnetism works, and how it affects everyday objects, by magnetizing a needle and making a DIY compass. You can even spin the compass in the water, and it'll end up pointing the right way again.

Get the tutorial at STEAM Powered Family »

Craft Stick Chain Reaction

colored craft sticks with pom poms on top are lined up on grass as part of a science experiments for kids about chain reactions and potential and kinetic energy

Kids can learn about the differences between potential and kinetic energy with this chain reaction. It makes a big impact: Once the tension is released, the pom poms go flying through the air!

Get the the tutorial at Science Sparks »

Color-Changing Invisible Ink

different messages and pictures are written in different substances to test out different color changing invisible inks as part of a science experiment for kids

Kids will feel like super-spies when they use this heatless method to reveal pictures or colors written with "invisible ink." You can try different acid/base combinations to see which one makes the most dramatic result.

Get the tutorial at Research Parent »

Paper Bridge

pennies sit on a construction paper bridge that spans two red solo cups in this science experiment for kids

Get the engineering back into STEM with this activity, which challenges kids to create a paper bridge that's strong enough to hold as many pennies as possible. How can they manipulate the paper to make it sturdier? (Hint: Fold it!)

See the paper bridge tutorial at KidsActivities.com »

an ice cube is suspended on a string above a bowl of ice in this science experiment for kids

Challenge your little scientist to lift up an ice cube with just a piece of string. It's possible ... with a little salt to help. Salt melts the ice and lowers the freezing point of the ice cube, which absorbs the heat from the water around it, making the water cold enough to re-freeze around the string.

Get the tutorial at Playdough to Plato »

Marshmallow Catapult

a marshmallow catapult made from craft sticks and a wooden spoon is a great science experiment for kids

Another lesson in potential and kinetic energy, kids will love sending mini marshmallows flying in the name of science. Change some of the variables and see how that affects the marshmallow's trajectory.

Get the tutorial at Hello, Wonderful »

Leaf Breathing

bubbles form on a leaf under water as part of a leaf breathing science experiment for kids

It's hard for kids to picture how plants and trees "breathe" through their leaves — until they see the bubbles appear on a leaf that's submerged in water. You can also teach them about photosynthesis by putting different leaves in different spots with varying levels of sunlight.

Get the tutorial at KC EDventures »

Hoop-and-Straw Airplane

a hoop and straw airplane, created as part of a science experiment for kids, sits on a black background

We all remember how to fold those classic, triangular paper airplanes, but these hoop-and-straw airplanes fly way better (and straighter). Experiment by changing the length of the straw and the size of the hoops and see how it affects the flight.

Get the tutorial at Mombrite »

Film Canister Rocket

a diy rocket takes off from a table, where another rocket waits, in this science experiment for kids

Blast off! You don't need jet fuel to make these rockets go, just Alka-Seltzer tablets and baking soda, but they'll be amazed when they achieve lift-off! (Note: If you can't find old film canisters, tubes of Airborne work, too.)

Get the tutorial at Raising Lifelong Learners »

Coin Inertia

a stack of coins sits on a piece of cardboard on top of a glass of water as part of a science experiment for kids about inertia

Stack up about five or so coins on a piece of cardboard and place it over a glass of water. Then, flick the cardboard out from on top of the glass. Do the coins drop into the water, or ride with the cardboard? Due to inertia, they drop into the water — a very visual (and fun!) demonstration of Newton's First Law of Motion.

Get the tutorial at Engineering Emily »

Apple Oxidation

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What works best for keeping an apple from turning brown? Test to find out! Slice up an apple, and let each slice soak in a different liquid. Then take them out, lay them on a tray, and check the brownness after three minutes, six minutes and so on. Not only does this test the properties of different liquids, it also helps students practice the scientific method if they create hypotheses about which liquids would be most effective.

Get the tutorial at Jennifer Findley »

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Coffee Ground Fossils

a salt dough circle "fossil" with dinosaur footprints, made as part of an athome science experiment for kids

By making a salt dough with coffee grounds and pressing various shapes into it (toy dinosaur feet, seashells), kids can get a better understanding of how fossils are made. If you poke a hole in the top before it dries, the kids can hang their "fossils" up in their rooms.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda »

Chromatography Flowers

a coffee filter flower with an led in the center is decorated with swirls of color as part of this at home science experiment for kids

Chromatography is the process of separating a solution into different parts — like the pigments in the ink used in markers. If you draw stripes around a coffee filter, then fold it up and dip the tip in water, the water will travel up the filter and separate the marker ink into its different pigments (in cool patterns that you can display as a craft project). This family made the end-result even brighter by adding an LED circuit to the center.

Get the tutorial at Steam Powered Family »

Water Walking

five cups with different colored liquid in them are connected by paper towel bridges as part of this at home science experiment for kids

You'll need six containers of water for this one: three with clear water, one with red food coloring, one with blue coloring, and one with yellow coloring. Arrange them in a circle, alternating colored and clear containers, and make bridges between the containers with folded paper towels. Your kids will be amazed to see the colored water "walk" over the bridges and into the clear containers, mixing colors, and giving them a first-hand look at the magic of capillarity.

Get the tutorial at Fun Learning for Kids »

Sunscreen Test

colorful construction paper painted with different sunscreens, as part of an athome science experiment for kids

This experiment puts the A (art) in STEAM: Paint different designs on construction paper with different sunscreens, leave the papers out in the sun and compare the results. Then, hang your "conclusions" on your fridge.

Get the tutorial at Tonya Staab »

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50 Fun Kids Science Experiments

Science doesn’t need to be complicated. These easy science experiments below are awesome for kids! Divided into themes, topics, seasons, and holidays, you can get started today! They are visually stimulating, hands-on, and sensory-rich, making them fun to do and perfect for teaching simple science concepts at home or in the classroom. Also, check out our top STEM activities and best science resources!

STEM activities for kids. The best resource for science activities and STEM challenges you will ever need. We have everything science including chemistry and physics for kids for ages 3-9. We even have slime science and homemade slime recipes. Simple and easy kids science experiments that make for fun science activities kids can't get enough of!

How To Teach Science

Kids are curious and always looking to explore, discover, check out, and experiment to discover why things do what they do, move as they move, or change as they change! My son is now 13, and we started with simple science activities around three years of age with simple baking soda science.

Here are great tips for making science experiments enjoyable at home or in the classroom.

Safety first: Always prioritize safety. Use kid-friendly materials, supervise the experiments, and handle potentially hazardous substances yourself.

Start with simple experiments: Begin with basic experiments (find tons below) that require minimal setup and materials, gradually increasing complexity as kids gain confidence.

Use everyday items: Utilize common household items like vinegar and baking soda , food coloring, or balloons to make the experiments accessible and cost-effective.

Hands-on approach: Encourage kids to actively participate in the experiments rather than just observing. Let them touch, mix, and check out reactions up close.

Make predictions: Ask kids to predict the outcome before starting an experiment. This stimulates critical thinking and introduces the concept of hypothesis and the scientific method.

Record observations: Have a science journal or notebook where kids can record their observations, draw pictures, and write down their thoughts. Learn more about observing in science. We also have many printable science worksheets .

Theme-based experiments: Organize experiments around a theme, such as water , air , magnets , or plants . Even holidays and seasons make fun themes!

Kitchen science : Perform experiments in the kitchen, such as making ice cream using salt and ice or learning about density by layering different liquids.

Create a science lab: Set up a dedicated space for science experiments, and let kids decorate it with science-themed posters and drawings.

Outdoor experiments: Take some experiments outside to explore nature, study bugs, or learn about plants and soil.

DIY science kits: Prepare science experiment kits with labeled containers and ingredients, making it easy for kids to conduct experiments independently. Check out our DIY science list and STEM kits.

Make it a group effort: Group experiments can be more fun, allowing kids to learn together and share their excitement. Most of our science activities are classroom friendly!

Science shows or documentaries: Watch age-appropriate science shows or documentaries to introduce kids to scientific concepts entertainingly. Hello Bill Nye and the Magic Schoolbus! You can also check out National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and NASA!

Ask open-ended questions: Encourage critical thinking by asking open-ended questions that prompt kids to think deeper about what they are experiencing.

Celebrate successes: Praise kids for their efforts and discoveries, no matter how small, to foster a positive attitude towards science and learning.

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Science Experiments by Age Group

While many experiments can work for various age groups, you will find the best science experiments for specific age groups below.

  • Science Activities For Toddlers
  • Preschool Science Experiments
  • Kindergarten Science Experiments
  • First Grade Science Projects
  • Elementary Science Projects
  • Science Projects For 3rd Graders
  • Science Experiments For Middle Schoolers

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Free Science Journal Worksheets

Create a science notebook with these easy-to-use science worksheets to accompany any experiment. Grab your free science process journal pack !

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What is the Scientific Method for Kids?

The scientific method is a way scientists figure out how things work. First, they ask a question about something they want to know. Then, they research to learn what’s already known about it. After that, they make a prediction called a hypothesis.

Next comes the fun part – they test their hypothesis by doing experiments. They carefully observe what happens during the experiments and write down all the details. Learn more about variables in experiments here.

Once they finish their experiments, they look at the results and decide if their hypothesis is right or wrong. If it’s wrong, they devise a new hypothesis and try again. If it’s right, they share their findings with others. That’s how scientists learn new things and make our world better!

Go ahead and introduce the scientific method and get kids started recording their observations and making conclusions. Read more about the scientific method for kids .

Easy Science Projects To Try

Jump into science with these favorite science experiments and use them right through from preschool to middle school! These easy science projects use household items, include a bit of play, and don’t require exact measurements or steps.

  • Oobleck (Non-Newtonian Fluids)
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar (always a crowd-pleaser)
  • Catapults (fantastic physics)
  • Rubber Eggs (it’s a mystery)
  • Lava Lamps (very cool chemistry)

If you’re looking for the easiest science experiment you can do with kids at home or in the classroom, look no further than the classic sink or float experiment . Grab the FREE printable science worksheets below to get you started.

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Top 10 Science Experiments

Here are our suggestions if you only have time for one or two science experiments. Our top 10 science experiments for kids are our most popular science experiments of all time and have been done again and again! You will even find some fun theme variations for a few of these kids’ science projects.

Click on the titles below to get the full supplies list and easy step-by-step instructions. Have fun trying these experiments at home or in the classroom, or even use them for your next science fair project!

1. Baking Soda Balloon Experiment

Can you make a balloon inflate on its own? Just a few simple ingredients from the kitchen, baking soda and vinegar, and you have amazing chemistry for kids at your fingertips.

We also have a fun Halloween balloon experiment and a Valentine balloon experiment.

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2. Rainbow In A Jar

Enjoy finding out about the basics of color mixing all the way up to the density of liquids with this one simple water density experiment. There are even more ways to explore rainbows here with walking water, prisms, and more.

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3. Magic Milk

This color-changing magic milk experiment is an explosion of color in your dish.  Add dish soap and food coloring to milk for cool chemistry!

We even have done it as a  Christmas experiment  and for  St Patrick’s Day science . 

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4. Seed Germination Experiment

Not all kid’s science experiments involve chemical reactions. This science experiment for kids is lots of fun because they can see how a seed grows for themselves. It is also a great experiment to introduce the scientific method to kids, as it is easy to vary the conditions the seeds grow under.

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5. Egg Vinegar Experiment

One of our favorite science experiments is also called a naked egg or rubber egg experiment. Can you make your egg bounce? What happened to the shell?

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6. Dancing Corn

Find out how to make corn dance with this easy experiment. Also check out our dancing raisins and dancing cranberries.

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7. Grow Crystals

Growing borax crystals on seashells is actually very easy to do and is a great way to learn about solutions. You could also grow sugar crystals or salt crystals .

Growing crystals is great for themed science. Check out these fun ideas…

  • Candy Canes

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8. Lava Lamp Experiment

Great for learning about what happens when you mix oil and water. A cool science experiment kids will want to do again and again!

Check out these fun variations…

  • Earth Day Lava Lamp
  • Erupting Lava Lamp
  • Halloween Lava Lamp

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9. Skittles Experiment

Who doesn’t like doing science with candy? Try this classic skittles science experiment and explore why the colors don’t mix when added to water.

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10. Lemon Volcano

Watch your kids’ faces light up and their eyes widen when you test out cool chemistry with common household items, baking soda and vinegar.

We have so many fun variations of this fizzing, erupting chemical reaction you will want to try. Check out a few below…

  • Water Bottle Volcano
  • Bubbling Volcano Slime
  • Pumpkin Volcano
  • Watermelon Volcano
  • Salt Dough Volcano
  • Apple Volcano
  • Puking Pumpkin
  • Snow Volcano

Build a sandbox volcano for baking soda science and chemistry! Sand box science for kids outdoor STEM activities.

Which one of the top 10 science experiments will you try first?

Click here or below to get your free science ideas pack.

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Get Started With A Science Fair Project

Want to turn one of these fun and easy science experiments into a science project? Then you will want to check out these helpful resources.

  • Easy Science Fair Projects
  • Science Project Tips From A Teacher
  • Science Fair Board Ideas

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50 Easy Science Experiments For Kids

Learn about the patina of pennies with this green pennies experiment .

Explore sound and vibrations when you try this fun dancing sprinkles experiment with the kids.

Explore how some liquids are heavier or denser than other liquids with this super easy liquid density experiment .

Grab some bread and try this fun germ science experiment or this bread mold experiment .

Transform ordinary spinach into glowing spinach under ultraviolet light.

Investigate whether an orange will sink or float in water, and learn about density and buoyancy.

Make pepper dance across the water with this easy pepper and soap experiment.

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Grab some marbles and find out which one will fall to the bottom first with this easy viscosity experiment .

Can you blow up a balloon with just salt and soda ?

Watch this foaming eruption when you add mentos and diet coke .

Test how strong an egg is with this eggshell strength experiment .

Pull out the bin of markers and search for the black ones to get started with this fun chromatography lab .

Just a few common ingredients and you are well on your way to ooohhhs and aaahhhs with this Alka seltzer science experiment.

Explore friction with this easy floating rice experiment.

Find out how to make the water level rise with a burning candle in water .

Electric cornstarch is perfect as an experiment to demonstrate the power of attraction (between charged particles, that is!)

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Love fizzing and exploding experiments? Try this erupting mentos and soda experiment .

Explore changes in air pressure with this crushing soda can experiment .

Can you inflate a balloon with just pop rocks and soda ?

Try this cool pop rocks experiment that explores viscosity and the sense of hearing.

Explore what happens to ivory soap in the microwave with this expanding ivory soap experiment .

Test out your sense of smell with a citric acid experiment .

Create a frothing brew with this cool elephant toothpaste experiment.

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Try a fun gummy bear experiment all in the name of science and learning.

Explore what solids dissolve in water and what don’t with this easy water experiment .

Try this very simple to set up solid, liquid, gas experiment .

Learn about what happens when you mix oil and water together with this oil and water experiment .

Mix up your own bubble recipe and get blowing. Learn about bubbles with these bubble science experime nts .

This easy viscosity experiment looks at different liquids from around the house and compares them to each other.

Make an awesome foam with this yeast and hydrogen peroxide experiment .

How do whales stay warm? Test out how blubber works with this hands-on blubber experiment .

Learn about ocean pollution with an easy oil spill experiment.

Can you make a floating drawing? Try this simple dry-erase marker experiment .

Power a light bulb with a lemon battery .

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Make a homemade lava lamp with salt .

Will it freeze? What happens to the freezing point of water when you add salt?

Learn about osmosis when you try this fun potato osmosis experiment with the kids.

Make your own magnifying glass from a few simple supplies.

Can you make a paperclip float on water? Try this fun  floating paperclip experiment !

Turn water vapor into ice when you make frost on a can .

Investigate what type of sponge holds the most water with sponge absorption experiment .

You will love the noise you can make with this screaming balloon experiment .

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Make homemade oil and vinegar dressing for fun chemistry you can eat. 

Explore the plant pigments in leaves with this leaf chromatography experiment .

Write a secret message with homemade invisible ink .

Make red cabbage indicator and test the pH of different solutions.

Explore how changes in pressure can suck an egg into a bottle .

Explore how your lungs work with a lung model or your heart with this heart model .

Kids’ Science Experiments By Topic

Looking for a specific topic? Check out these additional resources below. Each topic includes easy to understand information, everyday examples and additional hands-on activities and experiments for you to use.

  • Chemistry Experiments
  • Physics Experiments
  • Chemical Reaction Experiments
  • Candy Experiments
  • Plant Experiments
  • Kitchen Science
  • Water Experiments
  • Baking Soda Experiments
  • States Of Matter Experiments
  • Physical Change Experiments
  • Chemical Change Experiments
  • Surface Tension Experiments
  • Capillary Action Experiments
  • Weather Science Projects
  • Geology Science Projects
  • Space Activities
  • Simple Machines
  • Static Electricity
  • Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • Gravity Experiments

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Fun Science Experiments With A Holiday Theme

Choose a classic science experiment and give it a holiday theme twist with one of these:

  • Valentine’s Day Science
  • St Patrick’s Day Science
  • Dr Seuss Science
  • Easter Science
  • Earth Day Activities
  • 4th of July Activities
  • Halloween Science Experiments
  • Thanksgiving Science Experiments
  • Christmas Science Experiments
  • New Years Experiments

Science Experiments By Season

  • Spring Science
  • Summer Science Experiments
  • Fall Science Experiments
  • Winter Science Experiments

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More Helpful Science Resources

Use the resources below to complement the many science activities on our website. You’ll find a fantastic free printable for each one.

SCIENCE VOCABULARY

It is never too early to introduce some fantastic science words to kids. Get them started with a printable science vocabulary word list . You’re definitely going to want to incorporate these simple science terms into your next science lesson!

WHAT IS A SCIENTIST

Think like a scientist! Act like a scientist! Scientists, like you and me, are also curious about the world around them. Learn about the different types of scientists and what they do to increase their understanding of their specific area of interest. Read What Is A Scientist

SCIENCE BOOKS FOR KIDS

Sometimes the best way to introduce science concepts is through a colorfully illustrated book with characters your kids can relate to! Check out this fantastic list of science books that are teacher approved and get ready to spark curiosity and exploration!

SCIENCE PRACTICES

A new approach to teaching science is called the Best Science Practices. These eight science and engineering practices are less structured and allow for a more free – flowing approach to problem-solving and finding answers to questions. These skills are critical to developing future engineers, inventors, and scientists!

DIY SCIENCE KIT

You can easily stock up on the main supplies for dozens of fantastic science experiments to explore chemistry, physics, biology, and earth science with kids in preschool through middle school. See how to make a DIY science kit here and grab the free supplies checklist.

SCIENCE TOOLS

What tools do most scientists commonly use? Grab this free printable science tools resource to add to your science lab, classroom, or learning space!

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Bonus STEM Projects For Kids

STEM activities include science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As well as our kids science experiments, we have lots of fun STEM activities for you to try. Check out these STEM ideas below…

  • Building Activities
  • Self-Propelling Car Projects
  • Engineering Projects For Kids
  • What Is Engineering For Kids?
  • Lego Build Ideas
  • Coding Activities For Kids
  • STEM Activities For Toddlers
  • STEM Worksheets
  • Top 10 STEM Activities For Kids
  • STEAM = Art + Science
  • Easy STEM Activities For Elementary
  • Quick STEM Challenges
  • Easy STEM Activities With Paper

~ Projects to Try Now! ~

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Fun Family Crafts

A library of free craft ideas from toddler to teenager

Science Crafts & Activities for Kids

Kids love science, and we've put together a ton of science crafts and activities to keep their minds curious! Fun science projects for all ages so grab your kids and some of these fun ideas.

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Crystal Egg Geodes

This is not only a craft but a science experiment as well. Kids will learn what makes the crystals grow […]

Dyeing Flowers

Dyeing Flowers

With glasses of colored water, some flowers and a knife or scissors to cut the stem, watch as flowers drink […]

Hot Cocoa Science

Hot Cocoa Science

Learn about density and buoyancy using hot cocoa and candy! This tasty science experiment is great fun on a cold […]

Snowman Soap Experiment

Snowman Soap Experiment

This awesome science experiment doubles as a cute craft that is great for DIY gift giving. It’s the perfect activity […]

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Popsicle Stick Catapult

Building a catapult is a great STEM activity for young kids. Play with variables to see if you can make […]

X is for X-ray

X is for X-ray

Combine science with art by making a realistic x-ray craft. The only materials you need are black cardstock (or construction […]

Sparkly Explosion!

Sparkly Explosion!

Grab the kids attention with this sparkling, popping science experiment! Make science loads of fun!

Food Chain Stacking Cups

Food Chain Stacking Cups

Make a Food Chain game out of styrofoam cups! Just glue images on cups and write the name of the […]

Flubber Recipe

Flubber Recipe

What could be more fun than to make Flubber? Playing with it!

Marshmallow Catapult

Marshmallow Catapults

Have some fun with physics by making your own catapult from simple household items. Challenge the family to see who […]

Balloon Propelled Lego Car

Balloon Propelled Lego Car

Learn how to build a car from Legos that is propelled by a balloon! Take this fun activity even farther […]

Paper Plate Weather Chart

Paper Plate Weather Chart

Your little weather watchers can make these weather charts to map out the current weather conditions. Simple enough for their […]

Paper Plate Spacecraft

Paper Plate Spacecraft

Look back at Earth from this paper plate spacecraft! This easy and inexpensive craft is an excellent project to do […]

Mad Scientist Potion

Mad Scientist Potion

Bring out the mad scientist in everyone with this fun bubbling brews that kids (and adults!) will love to drink. […]

Make beautiful artwork using sun print paper and the sun!

Sun Print Art

Turn ordinary, everyday objects into beautiful pieces of art using sunshine and special sun print paper.

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Salt Pendulum

Combine science and art with this awesome pendulum project that’s fun for all ages (even adults!). Use plain or colored […]

How to Make Rainbow Ice

How to Make Rainbow Ice

Beat the summer heat and make your own Rainbow Ice for the water table or kiddie pool! While they play, […]

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Dinosaur Egg Soap

Get your kids wanting to wash their hands with these Dino Egg Soaps – they have to wash their hands […]

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Ladybug Magnifying Glass Craft

Get up close and observe the body structures of ladybugs before making this craft. This realistic craft is perfect to […]

Moving Mini Robot

Moving Mini Robot

Kids of all ages will have a great time building their own mini robots from the ground up. The step […]

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Keep the kids entertained and learning with Oobleck. It is like slime, but it’s both a solid and a liquid. […]

Homemade Rock Candy

Homemade Rock Candy

The kids will have fun joining you in the kitchen to make this old-timey treat! It’s cooking and science in […]

Easy Preschool Planets

Easy Preschool Planet Craft

Pique your child’s interest in science and planets with this easy preschool planet craft. Have fun and make the whole […]

Ombre Penny Art

Ombre Penny Art

Use the power of science to transform pennies into a variety of shades to create a beautiful piece of art. […]

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Solar S’mores

Harness the power of the sun and make some delicious s’mores! Kids of all ages will love this fun science […]

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Colorful Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction

Use three very common household ingredients to create an explosion of rainbow colors that will wow the kids! This is […]

Paper Mache Solar System

Paper Mache Solar System

Introduce the solar system with these fabulous paper mache Sun, Earth and Moon! Show the kids how to have a […]

Hot Air Balloon Art

Hot Air Balloon Art

Introduce the concept of analogous colors and warm/cool colors with this beautiful hot air balloon project. Each is one-of-a-kind and […]

How to Make Giant Bubbles

How to Make Giant Bubbles

Use this recipe to make giant bubbles. Kids (and adults) will have a blast playing with these outdoors!

Balloon Powered Car

Balloon Powered Car

This balloon-powered car will keep kids busy for hours. It’s a great project for kids to learn while having tons […]

Balloon CD Hovercraft

Balloon CD Hovercraft

Decorate CDs, then use them to make these fun balloon hovercrafts! This classic science experiment mesmerizes kids every time.

Homemade Sidewalk Paint

Homemade Sidewalk Paint

Make some sidewalk paint using simple ingredients such as cornstarch, water, and food coloring. It’s easy to make and provides […]

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Easy Preschool Science Experiments

Sometimes a simple science experiment is exactly what you need to spark your child’s curiosity and change up the crafting […]

Giant Crystal Rainbow

Giant Crystal Rainbow

Kids of all ages will be wowed by this beautiful giant crystal rainbow. It’s fun, easy and a great activity to […]

Crystal Snowflakes

Crystal Snowflakes

Show the kids how they can grow their own snowflakes. Use them to decorate the tree, hang in a window, […]

Painted Planets

Painted Planets

This fun collage starts with painting contact paper in various colors. Assemble them on construction paper, either realistically or using […]

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Coffee Grounds Fossils

Create these cool fossils from used coffee grounds. Kids can pretend they are on a real life dinosaur excavation!

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Mendel Monsters

Explore dominant and recessive genes through artwork. This fun art lesson helps kids understand the science of basic inherited genetics.

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Clothespin Catapult

Your kids will love making this simple catapult and launching items into the air. You can set up a bucket […]

Solar System Cookie

Solar System Cookie

This giant cookie is inspired by the solar system. Make this for a fun space-themed treat.

Abstract Planet Collage

Abstract Planet Collage

Here’s an activity that brings together art, science, music, and creativity. Your kids will love making abstract paintings and turning […]

Solar System with Button Planets

Solar System with Button Planets

This craft is a fun take on our solar system – using plastic canvas and buttons. A fun way to […]

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Sun Print Thank You Card

Explore the science behind sun prints, then turn your prints into thoughtful cards. It’s so easy and really fun!

Plastic Bead Bowl

Plastic Bead Bowl

This fun bowl is made from melted plastic beads. A little adult supervision is required.

Embroidery Solar System

Embroidery Solar System

String together a whole solar system using string, glue and balloons.

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Simple Chalk Eclipse Art

This simple art project is a great way to teach kids more about a solar eclipse. It only takes about […]

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Space Needle Science

This fun science experiment explores how towers such as the Space Needle can withstand strong winds and earthquakes. It’s a […]

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Coffee Filter Flowers

Explore color mixing and saturation with this engaging coffee filter craft. It’s great fun for spring or any time.

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Pendulum Painting

Learn all about pendulums with this super fun activity that combines science and art. Use regular paint on paper, or […]

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Science Crafts and Experiments: Hands On Learning

Science crafts and experiments are a great way to get kids excited about the wondrous world around them. As children […]

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Rainbow Sugar Water Density Experiment

Explore density using sugar water through this simple science experiment. Kids of all ages will love this activity.

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Terrarium Painting

Combine art with a science lesson with this neat Terrarium Painting project. The artwork solidifies observations kids make about plants […]

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Melting Experiment

Conduct a fun and interesting science experiment to see what factors influence melting. This educational activity is inspired by the […]

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Grow Your Own Crystal Necklace

Combine science and jewelry with this really neat project. Grow crystals from alum then turn them into pendants!

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Buzzing Bug Noisemaker

This neat noisemaker sounds like a buzzing bug. It’s easy to make using materials you likely have on hand.

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Funny Bones Science Experiment

Use turkey bones to learn all about the role of calcium in bones. This neat experiment is a lot of […]

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Clucking Chicken (or Cackling Witch) Noisemaker

This easy science experiment teaches kids about sound as they create a noisemaker. It sounds just like a clucking chicken […]

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Straw Whistle

Turn a straw into a whistle in under a minute. This fun science experiment couldn’t be simpler!

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Plastic Spoon Catapult

Turn a plastic spoon and a few other common materials into a working catapult. It’s safe and very kid-friendly.

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5 Minute Science Experiments for Kids

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When I think about all the exciting experiences I had in school, it doesn’t matter how long I’ve been out of the classroom — it sparks a passion in me to pass that love of learning onto my kids. One of my favorite ways to do so is to find the best fun science experiments that I can share with my children. Rather than them spending their time behind a screen, these fun experiments for kids are a productive use of their time. Since they’re so quick, they’re super easy for mom to put together. Everyone’s happy!

With three kids, I’m always pressed for time and I always have my hands full. After discovering that experiments for kids at home don’t have to be a hassle, I’ve been on the hunt since for fun experiments for kids that are also super quick! These five minute fun experiments for kids have been just as enjoyable for my children as they are for me to witness.

Make it an event on a rainy day — you could even grab some inexpensive lab coats and goggles for your kids to really make them feel like experts! It’s also a great and educational theme for your little ones’ next birthday party. The other parents will be surprised they didn’t think of it first, and impressed to boot!

Read on to find out how you and your kids can watch water travel, learn to make a geometric bubble, watch a plant grow toward the sunlight, and see raisins dance with experiments at home! These five minute science experiments for kids at home teach valuable lessons and create amazing memories for both you and your children!

How can I make science fun for my kids?

You might be surprised at how much your little ones love these simple science experiments for kids. Children have a natural curiosity for how the world works, so while science experiments might seem a little boring at first, they’ll be asking for more before you know it! It’s so fun to see the looks of wonder on your kids’ faces once you try these science activities. If you’re not sure where to start, these fun experiments for kids are guaranteed to keep your kids entertained. Who knows, you might have a future scientist in your house!

What are some cool science experiments?

Did you know that your everyday household items can create some of the most fun science experiments for kids? Glue, baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, and eggs are just a sample of the few ingredients needed for all of these amazing science activities for kids. Even the classic volcano science experiment can be done easily, and packs a punch in the wow-factor department! Your kids will definitely be rushing to tell their friends about their time in your home lab. Cheap ingredients means you can play around with as many experiments at home as you want while keeping costs low — and trust me, your kids will be on board too! Read on to discover the coolest science experiments that will impress the kids while keeping things quick and simple for mom. That’s a win-win!

Stem Challenges for Kids

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Before you begin, also look at these Stem ideas for Kids!

  • STEM Challenges for Kids + Science Scavenger Hunt
  • STEM Projects for Kids | Preschool, Elementary, Middle School Science .

Glow in the Dark Eggs

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Glow in the Dark Eggs | Frugal Coupon Living

Geometric Bubbles

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Geometric Bubbles | Babble Dabble Do

Cloud Science Lab for Kids

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Kids Cloud Science Project | Alice and Lois

Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment

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Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment | Frugal Coupon Living

Glow in the Dark Volcano Science Experiment

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Glow in the Dark Volcano Science Experiment | Frugal Coupon Living

How to Make an Eggshell Disappear

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How to Make An Eggshell Disappear | Go Science Kids

Walking Water Science Lab for Kids

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Walking Water | Coffee Cups and Crayons

Oil and Water Science Experiment for Kids

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Oil and Water Science Experiment for Kids | Frugal Coupon Living

Erupting Rainbows Science Lab for Kids

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Erupting Rainbows Science Lab for Kids | Frozen in Time

Exploring Colors and Chlorophyll in Fall Leaves

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Exploring Colors and Chlorophyll in Fall Leaves | A Little Pinch of Perfect

Glowing Volcano Science Lab for Kids

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Glowing Volcano Science Lab for Kids | Growing a Jeweled Rose

Magnetic Slime

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Magnetic Slime | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

Slime Sun Catchers

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Slime Sun Catchers |  Babble Dabble Do

Static Electricity Butterfly Experiment

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Static Electricity Butterfly Experiment | I Heart Crafty Things

How Arctic Animals Stay Warm

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How Arctic Animals Stay Warm | The Science Kiddo

Ocean Currents Science Experiment

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Ocean Current Science | Live Over C’s

Sprout House Kids’ Science Experiment

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Sprout House | The Stem Laboratory

Soap Clouds

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Soap Clouds | Our Best Bites

Easy Skittles Rainbow Science Experiment

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Easy Skittles Rainbow Science Experiment | Fun with Mama

Dancing Raisins Experiment

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Dancing Raisins | 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Bicolor Flowers Science Lab for Kids

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Bicolor Flowers Science Lab for Kids | Playdough to Plato

Balloon Rocket Experiment

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Balloon Rocket | KroKroTak

Shoe Box Maze

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Shoe Box Maze | Herbarium (Get more directions HERE )

Why is the Sky Blue?

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Why is the Sky Blue? | Rookie Parenting

I’m so excited to be able to share these fun experiments for kids with you, and I’d love for you to leave a comment if you try any of them out. Happy experimenting!

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Also see these STEM Projects for Kids | Preschool, Elementary, Middle School Science . Pin to Pinterest .

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We love these Upcycled Cereal Box Crafts . Pin to Pinterest .

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Take a look at these  Borax Uses for Kids – Pin to Pinterest .

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Take a look at these Rainy Day Activities for Kids ! Pin to Pinterest .

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Left Brain Craft Brain

28 Days of STEM Activities and STEAM Activities for Kids

We have a bit of a tradition here at Left Brain Craft Brain. Every February when the winter seems like it will never end, we warm things up with a bit of STEAM. And STEM, too, with 28 Days of STEM Activities and STEAM Activities for Kids . Be sure to follow along this month as I share 60+ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math projects that will get your kids and your classrooms excited about learning again. I’ve partnered with a huge crew of creative bloggers and we’ll be sharing the coolest STEM & STEAM activities you’ll see all year.

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Why Do Kids Need STEM & STEAM?

STEM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. In STEAM we add an A for Art, too. Both are integrated approaches to learning that encourage students to think more broadly about real-world problems. This interdisciplinary approach has helped create innovations like the iPhone, the original laptop computer, and is even revolutionizing cooking in third-world countries, and improving air quality as a result.

It helps students ask questions, connect the dots, problem-solve, think creatively, and be innovative. And not only can STEAM save the world, but it can also save our kids too by making their future bright. STEM jobs are expected to grow by 16% in the US between 2014 and 2024 compared to only 11% for other sectors*. And right now, science & engineering careers earn more than double the income of the median job in the United States.*

So let’s get more science, technology, engineering, art, and math into our kids’ lives. Ready for the fun?!?

You’re Gonna Love 28 Days of STEM Activities and STEAM Activities for Kids

This year we’re doing the weekly topics a little bit differently… I hear a lot from readers asking for a tech project or an art project for their kids or students. So this year we’re going to round up some amazing projects with a focus on each of the buckets in STEM & STEAM. But don’t worry, they’re still going to be integrated projects that check off more than one bucket!

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Want to jump ahead to each section? Use this helpful table of contents.

Science Activities for Kids

Experimentation is one of the foundations of STEM. Check out these amazing science projects for kids!

Check out descriptions and pictures of all of these posts and more amazing Science Projects for Kids in this round-up!

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February 1st – 6th

  • Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids || Left Brain Craft Brain
  • Lemon Battery & Lime Light || BabbleDabble Do
  • Egg Painting with Vinegar || iGameMom
  • Inflate a Balloon || Science Kiddo
  • Explore Force & Motion with STEAM Activities for Kids || Kids STEAM Lab
  • Creating the Olympic Flame in a Bottle || JDaniel4’s Mom
  • Crime Scene Science Lab Lesson || Teach Beside Me
  • Indoor Soil Science and Engineering Challenge || One Time Through
  • Wood Bending Bracelet Craft – Magic or Science? || Figment Creative Labs
  • Peeps Playdough and Heart Engineering Challenge || The Preschool Toolbox
  • Homemade Pan Flutes for Kids || Buggy and Buddy
  • Easy Anemometer Kids Can Make || Capri + 3
  • Animal Tracks Measuring Activity || Line Upon Line Learning
  • Build a Functioning Heart Model || STEAM Powered Family

No More I’m Bored! From the Kids

Check out our Boredom Buster Activity Plan ! I pulled together a TOTALLY FREE activity plan for you to do at home with the kids or in school for days when you need some ideas. It’s filled with entertaining hands-on STEAM projects, printables, snack ideas, and most of all it’s filled with FUN. Plus, you’ll have all the supplies you need on hand (or in the backyard!).

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Download your FREE BOREDOM BUSTER ACTIVITY PLAN

Technology Activities for Kids

Coding, circuits, and computers, oh my! The world of technology is our children’s future. Let’s get them ready with some fun activities! You can see descriptions and photos of all these activities in  20+ Technology Projects Your Kids Will Love .

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February 7th – 11th

  • Unicorn Color by Coding || Left Brain Craft Brain
  • Lightning Bug Paper Circuits || Left Brain Craft Brain
  • Electric Playdough || Babble Dabble Do
  • How to Make a Coin Battery || Teach Beside Me
  • Code Your Own Art Bot || Kids STEAM Lab
  • Make a Light Up Paper Circuit Thaumatrope || One Time Through
  • Paper Circuit Cards || Science Kiddo
  • How to Build a Circuit Flower || STEAM Powered Family
  • 3 Coding Games to Learn Shapes and Geometry with a Cool Coding Toy || iGameMom
  • Electric Circuit Kids Valentine  || JDaniel4’s Mom

Engineering Activities for Kids

Kids are born builders. Encourage those early skills with some engineering activities they’ll love. You can see photos and descriptions of all these activities and more in 50+ Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids .

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February 12th – 17th

  • Upcycled Suspension Bridge || Left Brain Craft Brain
  • Earth Balancer || Babble Dabble Do
  • How to Make a Windmill Model with a Printable Pattern || Adventure in a Box
  • STEAM Challenge: Building a structure you can balance on your finger (or your nose) || Gift of Curiosity
  • The Love Boat STEAM Engineering Challenge for Kids || The Preschool Toolbox
  • STEAM Engineering for Kids: Making a Bubble Blower Machine || Teach Beside Me
  • How to Teacher Preschoolers to Think Like a Engineer in 3 Easy Steps || Preschool STEAM
  • Binary Code Bracelet that is Out of This World  || JDaniel4’s Mom
  • Make a Box Lid Maze for Awesome STEAM Fun || One Time Through
  • Hexbug Habitat Engineering Challenge || Inspiration Laboratories
  • Rubber Band Car DIY || Figment Creative Labs
  • How to Build a Da Vinci Bridge with Pencils || iGame Mom

Get the kids’ creative juices flowing with some amazing art projects that have some science and engineering built in.

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Art Activities for Kids

Check out the entire pictures and descriptions for all the projects in this list of 40 of the Best Art Activities for Kids !

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February 18th – 23rd

  • Recycled Plastic Flowers Art and Science Project || Left Brain Craft Brain
  • Frog Life Cycle Pom Pom Craft for Nature Studies || Adventure in a Box
  • Reflection Art || Babble Dabble Do
  • Bubble Painting with Dry Ice || The Science Kiddo
  • Mystery Grid Art Challenge || Pink Stripey  Socks
  • Geometric Math Art with Circles || Teach Beside Me
  • Color Mixing with Coding for Preschool Kids || iGame Mom
  • Metal Art STEAM Project || STEAM Powered Family
  • Fizzy Drip Painting || Capri +3
  • Chromatography Art Project || Buggy and Buddy
  • Collaborative Circle Painting to Build Community || Kids STEAM Lab
  • Bird Art Sculptures || One Time Through

Math Activities for Kids

Don’t fall for the worksheet trap for math! Hands-on activities help kids internalize what they’re working on and are a lot more fun. You can see photos and descriptions of all these activities in Math = Fun Math Activities for Kids .

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February 24th – 28th

  • Math Fact Building Cards || Left Brain Craft Brain
  • Math Painted Coasters Homemade Gift || Left Brain Craft Brain
  • String Art Geometry || Babble Dabble Do
  • Monster Math Drawing Game || Adventure in a Box
  • Origami Friendship Math Quilts || Pink Stripey Socks
  • Switchgrip Math Game || STEAM Powered Family
  • LEGO Movie Superhero Math || iGame Mom

STEAM Fun for Every Month

Looking for some more STEAM inspiration that you can use right now? Instant gratification style? Check out STEAM Explorers!! The coolest creative experience for kids is here! It's a digital book of the month club filled with tons of fun stuff for the kids to do and learn. All engineer, teacher, and mom-approved. And most definitely KID APPROVED!⁣

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What’s included?⁣

  • A monthly digital magazine with cool themes that are fun to read
  • Hands-on, exciting projects the kids will love.⁣
  • Science, tech, engineering, art, and math learning YOU’LL love.⁣
  • Delicious recipes the kids can make.⁣
  • Fun printables and games⁣

In February we're having fun with spy-themed STEAM! The kids will love building a super-secret highlighter flashlight, making I Spy art, leaving their mark on sweet treats, and using science to catch a spy. You’ll love the helpful standards-based learning, printables, and tools that make STEAM exploration easy! 

We’ve split the issue into four weekly themes:

  • This issue has four weekly themes to inspire your kiddos:
  • WEEK 1: HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT
  • WEEK 2: KEEPING SECRETS
  • WEEK 3: UNDERCOVER GADGETS
  • WEEK 4: CATCH A SPY

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