Years ago, when we were homeschooling, shopping for science experiments sometimes drove me crazy.
I didn’t want to have to go buy a head or red cabbage, and Borox and see if we had an eye dropper somewhere, and order the right kind of test tubes and petri dishes, and hope I could find the tweezers, and then realize that we needed Ivory soap specifically …
…. and ARRRGH, I thought we had Alka-Seltzer in the house, but we don’t so now we have to go make another trip!
I had enough to worry about already.
And I know you do too.
So if you’re looking for some cool experiments to do at home using just a few basic household items … look no further!
Here are 14 hands-on activities that kids will love and that are simple to do.
Why are science experiments important?
In addition to being fun, science experiments have some great educational benefits for kids:
They let kids learn in a way that uses all their senses and appeals to all learning styles.
They give kids practice using trial and error.
They engage kids in a way that textbooks and worksheets can’t.
They enhance critical thinking skills.
Kids are more likely to remember something when they’ve discovered it themselves.
This color-changing flowers experiment is an absolute blast and perfect for kids of all ages, whether you're looking for something fun and easy for preschoolers or a cool project for older kids.
Learn all about how plants drink water and watch in awe as the flower petals magically change color right before your eyes!
This cool science experiment is super simple to set up. And you don't have to hang around for half a day waiting for the magic happen, because the flowers change color pretty quickly, usually within just about an hour.
Everyone loves a cool science experiment -- but what if we take it up a notch and also make it a entertaining water project?
. And that's where the amazing "Walking rainbow water experiment" comes in!
With just six cups, colored water, and a few paper towels, you'll embark on a journey of color and discovery. This walking rainbow water experiment is loads of fun and a great way to teach children about color mixing, the color wheel, and the fascinating phenomenon of capillary action.
Picture this: an outdoor volcano experiment that combines fun and learning all in one.
You'll get a kick out of watching your kids' faces light up with amazement as they witness the eruption of their very own volcano. It's the perfect way to spend quality time together while discovering new things.
Science Experiment Books for Kids
If you’re looking for more fun science experiments to do with your kids, there are several great books that will keep you plenty of ideas.
Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work
Best Seller See it on AmazonParents love the beautiful photos and easy to follow instructions
This book has 100 fun, colorful, attention-grabbing activities for kids ages 5-10.
It’s great for visual people, like me, as the materials for each experiments are clearly laid out and it’s loaded with color photos.
Click here to see a quick video and photos of the “Naked Egg” experiment.
Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids: 50 STEAM Projects You Can Eat!
Would your child enjoy creating toothpick towers, marble runs, and water rockets? Then they will love this book!
Each activity includes a materials list and step by step tutorial. In addition, there is a short sidebar explaining the relevance to a specific branch of engineering.
Click here and scroll down to see the full sample experiment, Mini Spoon-and-Stick Catapult.
Now you have a ton of great science experiments to keep you and your kids busy and happy for a long time.
More Fun Activities Kids Can Do at Home
Looking for more easy activities your kids will love? Check these out:
How to Make Puffy Paint — One of my most popular posts, this shows you how to make outdoor puffy paint without the mess of shaving cream and glue.
How to Make Seashell Moon Sand — This is super easy and a great sensory activities. A great way to use those seashells that you found on the beach during your last family vacation.
Dinosaur Footprint Cookies — What’s more fun than making cookies? Making cookies with a dinosaur footprint in them! You can use my recipe, or substitute your own favorite sugar or peanut butter cookie recipe.