8 Easy And Fun Science Experiments To Do With Your Kids At Home

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Looking for new ways to make science more interesting to your kids? Well, you’ve come to the right place! While cramming facts is not exactly a thrilling thing to do, science experiments are a whole new experience. Your kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even notice they’re actually learning stuff! And the best part? You probably already have all the things you need at home to engage your little ones in the magical world of science.

Ready to get started? Without further ado, we present you eight easy and fun experiments that don’t really require any special skills or spending extra money!

#1. Tea Bag Rocket

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You will need:

  • A tea bag
  • A lighter or some matches
  • A fire-resistant tray
  • A garbage bag for the burnt tea bags

The experiment: First, cut the tea bag on one side and pour out the tea. Then form a cylinder out of the bag and put in on the tray. You have a rocket! Light the top of the tea bag and enjoy the take-off!

The explanation: The flow of warm air makes the tea bag fly due to its small mass.


#2. Ice Fishing

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You will need:

  • A bowl of water
  • Some ice cubes
  • Some salt
  • Some thread

The experiment: Fill the bowl with water and put an ice cube in it. Place the thread halfway in the water, leaving one end on an ice cube and the other one hanging outside the bowl. Then pour a little bit of salt on the ice cube and wait for 5-10 minutes. Finally, grab the other end of the thread and pull the ice cube out.

The explanation: A little part of the ice cube is heated when salt touches it. Within 5-10 minutes, salt dissolves in the water, fusing the ice and thread.


#3. Frozen Soap Bubbles

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You will need:

  • Some liquid soap
  • Frosty weather

The experiment: This experiment can be done only when the temperature drops below freezing. When it’s cold enough, just grab a jar of liquid soap, step outside, and start blowing bubbles with your kids. You will see crystals appearing in different places on the bubble’s surface. They will grow and merge with each other in an instant! If the weather happens to be not cold enough for the bubbles to freeze, a snowflake will help. Simply blow a bubble, and then throw a snowflake on it. The snowflake will immediately slide into the bubble and accelerate the freezing.

The explanation: Cold weather or a touch of a snowflake start the crystallization process immediately and freeze the bubble.


#4. Home Volcano

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You will need:

  • Some baking soda
  • Some red paint
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Cardboard
  • Modeling clay

The experiment: Take a sheet of cardboard, make a cone from it and cut an opening in its top. Then place an empty container inside the cone and apply modeling clay all around the cone – it’s more exciting if it actually looks like a real mountain! You might want to put the cone on a plate or a tray not to make an absolute mess when it overflows.
Mix baking soda, red paint, and water in the container. Then add a drop of dish soap. Stir it well, and ask your little scientists to pour a little bit of vinegar to the container. Watch your volcano come alive!

The explanation: Baking soda and vinegar mixed together cause a violent reaction that produces water, salt, and carbon dioxide. The gas bubbles push the mixture out, creating the ‘volcanic eruption.’


#5. Paper Cover

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You will need:

  • 1 glass
  • Water
  • Paper

The experiment:  Place a square piece of paper on the brim of a glass of water and gently move it across. The sheet will get stuck to the glass because of magnetization. That’s some magic right there!

The explanation: When you turn over a glass of water covered with a piece of paper, water starts pushing the paper from one side, while air pushes it from the bottom. Because the air pressure is higher than the water pressure in the glass, the paper doesn’t fall.


#6. Soft Naked Egg

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You will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 glass jars/cups
  • Some water
  • Vinegar

The experiment: Grab a jar of plain water, put one raw egg in it and place the second one in a glass of vinegar. The eggs look exactly the same, right? Put them aside for a few hours. The first results of the experiment will show in 5-6 hours. In 7-10 days, the second egg will become completely soft, and its shell will disappear. Hear that sound? It’s your kids’ jaws dropping!

The explanation: A chemical change has occurred to the egg in the vinegar. Vinegar, because it’s an acid, can fully dissolve the eggshell that consists of calcium carbonate. This chemical process is called decalcification. It can be divided into two stages: first, the eggshell becomes soft, and then it disappears.


#7. Three Layers of Liquid

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You will need:

  • Some juice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Alcohol
  • A transparent container

The experiment: Take the container, pour the juice in it, and then gently add the vegetable oil along the walls. If the alcohol is white, color it with red paint, and gently pour it in the oil. Watch how the liquids separate from each other, forming three layers.

The explanation: All of these substances have different densities: the less dense substance rises over the denser one. If you want to make the experiment brighter, you can color the liquids.


#8. Self-Inflating Balloons

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You will need:

  • Some air balloons
  • 33.8 to 50,7 oz (1 to 1,5 l) empty bottle
  • A teaspoon
  • A funnel
  • Some vinegar
  • Baking soda

The experiment: Fill one-third of a bottle with vinegar. Pour 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda in the balloon through a funnel. Put the balloon on the neck of the bottle, and it will start inflating. Filled with carbon dioxide, the balloon won’t be able to fly up. To assist the balloon reaching the ceiling, rub it with any synthetic material to produce a static charge. Then place it near the ceiling.

The explanation: The interaction of soda and vinegar produces carbon dioxide which fills the balloon. And due to the static electricity, the balloon can float on the ceiling for up to 5 hours.