Home science experiments at home are not just fun for kids, but for adults too. They are educational but do not seem like “hard work.” Doing this will teach responsibility – children should practice good listening and organizational skills. Pinterest is a fun website to find endless home science experiments and activities. Here are a few of my favorites:
Inflate a Balloon
- 1 Balloon
- Baking Soda
- Dry empty bottle (for example: an empty water bottle)
- Add 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda to the unfilled balloon.
- Pour 2-3 teaspoons of vinegar into the water bottle using the funnel.
- Attach the balloon to the top of the water bottle, not letting any of the baking soda pour out until you are ready to start the experiment.
- Tip the vinegar so it mixes with the baking soda.
- Watch your balloon blow up!
- Try putting down a tablecloth or performing outside if you are worried about a mess.
- Make sure to clean off the funnel before each use.
Find the link to the experiment here: Balloon Experiment
- Wash grapes in the sink and pat dry.
- Count grapes (for practice and to confirm number of raisins when experiment is complete).
- Lay grapes on paper towels in a sunny place where they will be undisturbed for a week.
- Check in on the grapes each day to observe. Feel free to take pictures or write down notes.
- At the end of the experiment, enjoy your raisins!
Find the experiment here: Raisins Experiment
- Celery stalks (with the leafy parts attached)
- Different colors of food coloring
- Fill jars about ¾ of the way with water.
- Each jar will need a different color of food coloring. If you have 5 colors, I recommend having 5 jars. Try to use a variety of colors from light to dark. Mix your food coloring into the jars (one per each).
- Cut your celery stalks so they are able to stand straight up out of your jars, the leafy bits at the top.
- Now it is time for observation. Encourage children to take notes or draw pictures. Does the water stay at the same height or change? Does the celery change color or stay the same?
- This experiment should take place overnight.
Find the experiment here: Celery Experiment