We have been doing easy at home science experiments since my oldest son was three years old. Even if your child is too young to understand all the underlying concepts, introducing simple science projects at home and after school will lay a good foundation for learning in later years. Plus, at the very least, these activities are entertaining and very cool.
All of these ideas are easy to do at home and use materials you already have, so there’s no excuse not to get started! (Clicking on the orange links below will take to you to the science experiment instructions.) Happy experimenting!
Make a homemade thermometer.
Explore surface tension with water drop races.
Make fog in a bottle to explore weather.
Explore hot and cold air pressure by making a coin jump off a bottle.
Try out the classic sink or float experiment.
Learn about acids and bases with a red cabbage Ph indicator experiment.
Create a salt volcano.
Blow up a balloon using 2 different chemical reactions.
Explore how fruit ripens. You can do this with pears, avocados, kiwis, peaches, or almost any kind of fruit that ripens on the counter.
Learn about the moon and make moon craters (and possibly a big mess, but that’s all part of the fun).
Learn how total failure will help you teach your kids to think like scientists!
BONUS! My kids and I adore exploring a new science experiment every month with Tinker Crate. We’ve made motors, rubber band racing cars, lava lamps, trebuchets, and so much more. Truly, it’s our favorite family activity. And we don’t have to gather materials or search the web for instructions. You will totally love it.
How do you explore science after school?
For more fun check out our DIY 6 week science camp for summer science fun.