When we’re stuck indoors on a rainy weekend we are always trying to find activities to entertain the kids using things we already have at home. But usually we end up on our computers for 30 minutes trying to find ideas! So I thought I’d do a round up post of easy science experiments for kids that only require household ingredients.
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Easy Science Experiments for Kids
These experiments are best suited for 3-6 year olds I think. But honestly I really like them, so maybe they’re for all ages! I’ve included any of the ingredients that you may or may not have on hand so you can easily pick an experiment that you can do right away!
1. Shaving Cream Rain Clouds
2. Growing Gummy Bears
Compare the difference between using plain and salt water to grow gummy bears.
You’ll need salt and gummy bears.
From: Play Dough to Plato
3. Walking Rainbow
4. Dish Soap Silly Putty
It’s not quite liquid and not quite solid, but lots of fun! The colour of the putty will depend on the colour of the dish soap you use.
You’ll need dish soap (or shampoo) and cornstarch.
From: One Little Project
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5. Salt Crystal Apples
6. The Science of Yeast
7. Hatch a Dinosaur Egg
8. Growing Rock Candy
Grow your own rock candy and your kids will love you forever! 😀
You’ll need lots of sugar, skewers or candy sticks and food colouring. For edible experiments you may want to look into natural food colouring. You may also want candy flavouring.
From: Growing a Jeweled Rose
My mom used to make this for us as kids, I didn’t know it had a proper name though, we just called it goop! We made this a couple weekends ago and my 5yo spent over 2 hours playing with it. Major success!
You’ll need cornstarch and food colouring.
From: Babble Dabble Do
10. Ocean Currents
11. Rainbow Paper
12. Constellation Flashlight
My son loves learning about space, so this will be a great way to teach him about constellations!
You’ll need a flashlight, black paper and black paint.
From: Handmade Charlotte
13. Dancing Worms
This is another fun variation on the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment.
You’ll need gummy worms, vinegar and baking soda.
From: Play Dough to Plato
14. Make Pennies Turn Green
Learn about chemical reactions and make observations with a free printable.
You’ll need copper pennies and vinegar.
From: Buggy and Buddy
15. Mentos Geyser
16. Disappearing Eggshell
Is there anything vinegar can’t do?!
You’ll need a mason jar with a lid, eggs and vinegar.
From: Premeditated Leftovers
Which of these looks like the most fun?! I can’t wait to try the dino eggs!