Kids are naturally inquisitive about the world around them. To nurture and help grow their curiosity, try your hand at some awesome home science experiments. They are great for a rainy day, or for spending time together over the winter break. Here are six easy science experiments you can do with your kids at home.
All of these experiments require full adult supervision! Goggles, gloves and an apron would be smart to have on hand too.
Overnight Crystal Garden
Grow a collection of beautiful, delicate crystals, with just a few ingredients. These Epsom salt crystals are super simple to make and can form crystals, crystal shards, or even snowflake-shaped designs. Try making a few different batches at once to ensure success. Get the instructions at Babble Dabble Do.
Food colouring, cups, paper towels, and water are all you need for this nifty experiment. Watch water walk along the paper towels to fill empty cups and create a beautiful rainbow. All thanks to capillary action. Fascinating! Get the instructions from the Science Kid.
Have you ever wondered what elephant toothpaste might look like? This fun chemical reaction will create a whole mess of sparkly foam that looks just like toothpaste! Speaking of mess – this experiment can get messy, so it’s best to protect your work surfaces and place your ingredients in a large glass baking dish. Get the instructions at Fun at Home with Kids.
Magically remove your egg’s shell, shrink it down, and change its colour. The wonder of osmosis will create fun squishy and colourful eggs – they can even bounce! Get the instructions from the Sci Guys in this super informative video.
DIY Lava Lamp
Create mesmerizing colourful bubbles that move through liquid with this DIY Lava Lamp. Alka-Seltzer tabs are what help create the moving bubbles. You can run this experiment again and again, as many times as you have tablets! Get the instructions from PBS.
This is the only experiment we’re featuring that you can eat! All you need is some cream and a jar and maybe a pal to help shake things up. Place the cream in the jar and shake, shake, shake. First you’ll get whipped cream (definitely take a taste!) keep shaking, all the liquid will be gone – you aren’t done yet! Shake, shake, shake some more until you hear sloshing sounds again. That’s the buttermilk separating from the butter. Keep going until you have a ball of butter. Discard the buttermilk and rinse the butter under cold water while kneading. Then serve! This butter has no preservatives, so it won’t last as long as the store bought stuff, but it sure tastes great on a piece of bread! Get the full instructions from Happy Hooligans.