Summer holidays are here just in time to try these easy yet fun science experiments for kids in the comforts of your home, curated by us from the internet!
Diet Coke & Mentos Geyser
Made popular by television personality, teacher and science toy designer Steve Spangler, this easy-peasy experiment is sure to be enjoyed by you and your kids, with the formation of an instant geyser by the simple addition of Mentos to a bottle of Diet Coke. Be warned though, that this experiment requires an open space to avoid a Coke-a-Cola explosion inside your home.
This phenomenon has been attributed to multiple explanations. You can find the instructions and the science behind your home-made geyser at the following link.
Invisible Ink with Lemon Juice
This is another experiment that doesn’t take much time for preparation but is a favourite among children. With a lesson about the process of oxidation resulting in the creation of an invisible ink that is visible only when heated, your children are likely to thoroughly enjoy themselves creating secret, hidden messages that only they can decipher.
Make Rock Candy
A delicious experiment which can be carried out by your children in the kitchen with ease and a bit of patience. In the process, they will learn about the process of crystallization, while creating colorful, delightful candies to be shared among their friends and family. Link
Create ‘Magic Mud’
Ever wanted to create a glowing, gooey substance that is also lot of fun to play with? We’ve found a recipe of one prepared from potato starch and tonic water that will leave your kids delighted with their efforts. While it takes a couple of days for the final product to be made, the process of getting there and the end result is going to be well worth it! You can also check out more fun things to do with your on the Youtube channel featuring this experiment!
Create ‘Elephant Toothpaste’
Yet another experiment best left for the outdoors, this is a demonstration of the reaction between hydrogen peroxide, yeast and dish soap resulting in the formation of a fascinating mixture of foam composed of water, oxygen and soap.
Make Lightning out of household items
Teach your child the concept of static electricity with this fun experiment involving a stryofoam plate, a woolen cloth, a pencil with an attached eraser and an aluminium tray. Alternatively, you could just use a balloon and a metal spoon instead.
Make a Lava Lamp
Most of us have been fascinated by lava lamps at some point of time in our lives, even as adults. Help your child make a lava lamp of his or her own, while having a ball of a time and learning that science can be great fun!
Create ‘Magnetic Slime’
Let your child create a bit of a mess around the house creating this one while learning something new about physics, chemistry and geology. When made with iron oxide powder instead of iron filings, the ‘slime’ works as a model to explain a method in medical science called immunotherapy! Thus, with a slight tweak in the ingredients, you can utilize this experiment to teach something new and interesting to an older child. The method and explanation behind this experiment is available at the link below.
Build a Potato Battery
This is a stimulating experiment featuring the humble potato once again which will require some additional ready-made materials as well as more preparation in comparison to the rest of the experiments on this list. It can also be used as a science project to be demonstrated in the classroom to show the working of an electrochemical cell. Link
Build an Electric Motor
Last but not the least, teach your child about the concept of electromagnetism by building a simple electric motor at home.
So go ahead, unleash your children’s inner mad scientist at home with these experiments and let us know which ones they enjoyed the most!