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6 DIY Science Experiments for Kids
When your kids are at home for a long period of time, sometimes it gets hard to find exciting, new things to do. Science experiments are a great way for kids to try something new while at home, and also learn about life and nature along the way. It’s always fun to watch your kids’ eyes light up when they see a cool reaction or make a scientific discovery. Read on to find our favorite DIY science experiments that you can do with kids of all ages. These experiments include materials you can find at home, and are easy to do - so put on the professor's glasses and get ready to experiment!
1. Colorful Celery
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The world of plants is mystical, exciting, and magical. This colorful celery experiment uses capillary action to make the vegetables come to life. All you need are some celery stalks, cups, water, and food coloring. First, fill your cups halfway with water and use food coloring to make each container a different color. Then, place one celery stick in each cup and watch the vegetables change color.
2. Crazy Candy Canes
Frosting and a Smile/Easy Candy Cane Shapes
Crazy Candy Canes is a fun way to get rid of any leftover candy canes you have from the holiday season. Start out by folding and bending tin foil into wavy shapes that can stand up. Then, lay your candy cane on top of the foil. Set the oven to 350 degrees (or any high temperature) and place your creations in the oven. This melts the candies. Once they are completely melted, take them out of the oven and let them cool down. Your candies have turned into cool shapes! Be creative with the foil molds you make. This activity can also be done with any other type of hard candy.
3. Unpoppable Balloon
Science Focus/How to Make an Unpoppable Balloon
Unpoppable balloon is a cool scientific discovery you can show your kids. Lay a bunch of thumb tacks tip facing up on a table. Then put a balloon on top of them. Normally, kids would expect balloons to pop when being pricked by a single thumb tacks. However, putting one balloon on many of them disperses the pressure. Therefore, the balloon won’t pop. This is an exciting demonstration that your kids will marvel at!
4. Bottled Cloud
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Make the water cycle happen in a single bottle with this experiment. When doing this activity, it is important that your child have parent supervision because it involves an open flame. The materials you need are a plastic bottle with a cap, some warm water, and matches. Pour a little bit of water into the bottle and place the cap back on, but leave it open. Light the match and blow it so it smokes. Next, suck some smoke into the bottle by squeezing the bottle gently without letting the cap fall off. After doing this, twist the cap fully on the bottle and squeeze it several times more. This should create clouds inside the container when you release it!
5. Chromatography Flowers
Buggy and Buddy/Spring Science Activity for Kids: Chromatography Flowers
Chromatography involves separating solutions into its components. An easy way to show kids about this cool phenomenon is through chromatography flowers. Start by drawing colorful designs on coffee filters with markers. Try to use colors that complement each other and that would look pretty when blended together. After you’ve made your design, pour a little bit of water in a cup. Fold your coffee filter and place it in the cup with the point dipping in the water. As the water spreads up the paper, it will blend your designs into cool patterns as the pigments in the market ink separate. Then, wait for the filter to dry, and you have made a pretty flower!
6. Instant Ice
Raising Lifelong Learners/Instant Ice: Winter Science Experiment for Kids
Instant ice is a bit tricky, but has amazing results. First, freeze a bottle of water as much as you can without it turning to ice. Place a ceramic bowl upside down in the sink. Carefully pour the cold water over the bowl and watch it as it slowly freezes into ice crystals. This activity will surely make your kid feel like they have superpowers! The experiment works even better if you freeze the bowl before beginning.
These DIY experiments are easy to do and include everyday materials. They are also cool, mind-boggling ways for your child to learn something new. The world of science is endless, and there are always new topics to explore. For more inspiration about DIY ideas, check out our blogs on crafts and activities. These surely make for a DIY party activity or just a morning or afternoon of fun.