I’m thrilled to have Katie from Gift of Curiosity here today! She’s sharing 10 science activities that are sure to amaze your kids! Pop on over to Katie’s site to check out her creative ideas for inspiring children’s curiosity!
I’m Katie, and I blog at Gift of Curiosity to share hands-on learning activities and educational printables for young children. I’m so excited to be sharing at The Pleasantest Thing today to help Carolyn as she takes a break with her new baby.
I blog about a lot of different educational activities for young kids, but I particularly enjoy sharing science activities for kids. My mom was a middle school science teacher and I studied human biology in college, so doing science with kids is something that comes naturally to me. Plus, I really enjoy it!
Today I am sharing 10 (mostly) simple science activities that will amaze, amuse, educate, and delight your kids. These activities can be enjoyed by kids of a wide age range, from preschoolers through upper elementary students.
#1: Balloon magic
The first science activity I’m sharing is a classic one.
Have you ever blown up a balloon using only baking soda and vinegar? When baking soda and vinegar are combined, they create a harmless chemical reaction that produces gas. You can harness the power of that gas to inflate a balloon like magic. At the same time, kids get to observe a chemical reaction in process.
#2: Jumping colors
Did you know that you can make colors “jump” across a pan of milk? This jumping colors activity is really simple to do, and the effect is beautiful to watch. All you need is milk, liquid watercolors or food dye, and soap. And in doing this activity, kids learn a bit about the bi-polar nature of soap and the way it binds to fat.
#3: Dancing raisins
Have you ever seen a raisin dance? It’s quite a sight! You can make raisins dance just by placing them in a tall glass filled with a clear, carbonated beverage. This dancing raisins experiment is a great way for kids to learn about gasses.
#4: Dyeing flowers
This is a science activity that will leave you with some really unique and beautiful flowers! Place some white flowers into dyed water and watch as the flowers slowly turn colors. This dyeing flowers activity helps kids understand how plants take up water through their stem and into their petals.
Have your kids ever wondered how animals stay warm even in really cold temperatures? If so, you’ve got to try this simple blubber experiment for a hands-on demonstration of the insulating properties of blubber!
Your kids will think this activity is magic, but it’s really just science. Using a little bleach, you can make color disappear from a glass of liquid with this disappearing colors experiment. In the process, kids will get a lesson about the whitening property of bleach.
You can pull this simple experiment together using a bit of food from your fridge or pantry. Place several different foods outside where ants are likely to congregate. Return several hours later to see which foods the ants are eating. . . and which they are not! By the end of this activity children should be able to answer the question: “What do ants like to eat?”
A lot of times, science activities look as much like art as they do like science. That is the case with this coffee filter chromatography art project, that involves drawing in marker on a coffee filter and then spraying the filter with water. As kids apply water to the filter, they will observe the marker ink separating and spreading in a process called chromatography.
Have you ever seen a rainbow in your kitchen? Kids can make their own rainbow at home with this Skittles density rainbow activity. As kids add one layer and then another to their rainbows, they will learn a bit about the concept of density.
This candy cane science experiment is a great activity to do at the end of the year when there are likely to be extra candy canes floating around. Kids will compare how candy canes dissolve in different mediums, such as water, oil, and apple sauce.
Katie SG is the proud mom of two curious kids, a 5-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. She shares hands-on learning activities and educational printables at Gift of Curiosity. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.