5 Amazing Science Activities

Science activities

Kids are natural scientists. Even the youngest baby explores the world around them. Preschoolers are constantly investigating all kinds of scientific principals as they play, while older children will be able to impress you with all kinds of interesting scientific facts. Most children delight in the outdoors and often have strong connection with the natural world.

As parents we can take advantage of our children’s natural curiosity by enjoying some simple science activities with them. They are fun, educational, and often memorable. They are also very impressive! So pick one of the activities listed below and get ready to wow your kids!

1. Bottle Composter

Make a bottle composter and watch decomposition in action. This activity has the all-important yuck factor. Children are fascinated by mold and other yucky science. They delight in this kind of activity. Every week for three weeks:

    • Mark any level changes on the bottle with a permanent marker
    • If it gets too moist take the lid off to help dry it out a little bit.
    • If it gets too dry add a little water.
    • Watch out for the bacteria and fungi (mold)! It is amazing!
    • Notice what happens, including the fact that the bottle doesn’t change or break down at all.

While you are waiting for your composter to work, head over to You Tube and watch a time-lapse video of a watermelon decomposing. It is delightfully disgusting!

2. Learning about animal camouflage

Kids Activities has a fun activity  to help your children learn about animal camouflage . This post includes a free frog printable for you to use.

3. Vinegar and Baking soda Activities:

These explosive activities are always impressive and include

  1. Vinegar and Baking soda rocket
  2. Exploding paint bags

I am definitely going to try the exploding bags with my children’s group at the library

4. Static electricity Experiments

Static electricity is fun  and haven’t met a child who isn’t fascinated by the strange powers of the electrical charges.

5. Dying flowers:

Amaze your children with this visually stunning experiment. Not only will they see how water moves through a plant, but they will also end up with a colorful centerpiece for the table.

Don’t forget these activities are meant to help you build strong connections and make memories. The emphasis should be on having fun together. If your child shows an interest in the science behind the activity then by all means enjoy researching it together. Don’t force it if they are not interested. Learning will happen anyway, but having a good time together is really important too.

Safety First: Follow any safety recommendations given and make sure young children are supervised.

What kinds of science activities have you enjoyed with your children? Did you blog about it? Please share your links in the comments below.

Photo credit Andrea

Photo credit Andrea

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Comments

  1. Intrigued by the exploding paint bag, I guess that is an outside activity! I’ve pinned you post so I can refer back to it so we can try it lol, sounds like something the kids will love. I love the look of dying flowers too.
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    • Sharon Harding says:

      Paint bags are definitely an outside activity! They look like a lot of fun. thanks for pinning my post. I hope you have fun with the experiments you choose to try. Send me a link if you blog about it:)

  2. You’ve listed some great experiments, including a couple I haven’t seen – thanks.
    I agree about making memories. My kids are 8 and 9 and science here is all about having fun and engaging curiosity. We investigated hydraulic forces this week, and last week we made hovercrafts. My kids love machines but their favourite science is “potions” of course!

    • Sharon Harding says:

      ohhh hovercrafts sound like fun! How did you make them? My boys also loved potions! They were always mixing up weird concoctions!

  3. I love watching the colours change in flowers in food dye. So pretty.
    Thanks for the great reminders :)
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  4. My kids would love doing these science experiments, and they really do look like a lot of fun. I think I will pin these for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Really cool ideas – my three year old is just at the right age to start introducing these! Will be bookmarking Ta!!!

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  6. These look like science experiments that are fun and fairly simple. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Fantastic activities for the older kids, I would sure remember these if I were a kid. Fun!
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  8. Oh, I love the idea of a bottle composter! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!
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  9. Great ideas, thanks for linking up to the Parenting Pin-it Party.
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  10. Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas.
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  12. Thanks for this great round up of science activities! We love seeing those at the After School linky.
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  13. Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend.

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  14. These look some fun hands-on science experiments. You can never get enough hands-on science in my opinion. Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

  15. Love these ideas! We’re going to try the carnation experiment soon. We did the exploding paint bags and it was a lot of fun! My daughter isn’t real interested in the science behind it, but she likes to see ‘cool’ stuff happen. :)
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    • Sharon Harding says:

      I saw the post you wrote about the exploding paint bags. It looked like you had a lot of fun. I love to see cool stuff happen too! The scientific understanding can come later can come later.

  16. These are GREAT ideas! I am such a science geek and all my boys are the same way. We love to experiment with anything and everything.
    The flower and colors experiment is classic! One fun thing to do with that is to split the stem three ways and place each piece in a different primary color. The result is awesome.
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  17. I love these! I totally forgot about flower dying but I loved that as a kid! I think I will have try this soon! Thanks for stopping by Family Fridays!
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