Homemade experiments are a fun way to encourage children’s curiosity for science. Creating your at-home laboratory with a few key ingredients and tools from any general or craft store is as easy as 𝛑!
If you’re looking for fun and educational ways to occupy your mini scientists, here are 5 DIY science experiments that you can do at home that help teach kids about chemical reactions, density, and molecules!
1. DIY Suncatcher Experiment
Who doesn’t love a science experiment that doubles as a craft? To make this DIY suncatcher, pour liquid glue into the inside of a lid. Next, add drops of food coloring to the glue, then take a Q-tip and dab each color with dish soap. As the dish soap breaks down the food coloring, it creates awesome firework designs that bleed into one another. Let the glue dry for a few days, then peel it out and press it on a sunny window.
2. Rainbow Elephant’s Toothpaste Experiment
Kids will have a blast creating this colorful eruption of foam. All you’ll need is hydrogen peroxide, food coloring, dish soap, and dry yeast. Begin by mixing the hydrogen peroxide, food coloring, and soap into a fun glass vase or container. The higher the concentration of the hydrogen peroxide the bigger the foam outburst. Next, dissolve the dry yeast in warm water in a separate small bowl. Finally, for the moment of truth, have your child pour the dissolved yeast into the glass and marvel at the volcano of foam.
3. Dinosaur Eggs Experiment
Your little paleontologist can hunt for fossils with this DIY activity. First, mix half a cup of bicarbonate soda with 2-3 tablespoons of water and your choice of food coloring to form a paste. Next, mold the paste over individual small toy dinosaurs, forming a rough egg shape. Place the dinosaur eggs in the freezer for an hour. Have your child use an eyedropper with vinegar to fizz and dissolve the egg for the big excavation, and welcome to Jurassic Park!
4. DIY Lava Lamp Experiment
Experience the calming effects of a lava lamp with this experiment. Begin by filling a container with one-third water and two-thirds oil. Next, add 10-15 drops of food coloring and allow the color to settle at the bottom of the jar. Finally, have your child drop in an Alka-Seltzer tablet and enjoy the groovy unfolding.
5. Paper Fish Swimming Experiment
Make paper fish swim on their own! Cut little fish shapes out of colorful construction paper. Place one into a clear bowl filled with water. Then, use a Q-tip to coat the other fish’s tail with a layer of dish soap and then place it in the water. The fish with dish soap can move around the bowl because soap rises above water, and the fish is in between the soap and water, creating an air bubble.
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