Little H has been learning about science and engineering at school so we thought we’d do some fun science experiments at home.
It’s also a good way to tempt her away from her tablet – this kid is obsessed!
I picked a book of “365 science experiments” from Amazon to give us some ideas. Thankfully the book has lots of really easy activities so you don’t need to know anything about science to do these with your kids.
Here’s some suggestions for some science books if you’re looking for inspiration…
If you want to try some at home, here are our 3 really easy kid’s science experiments for you to try at home. Just don’t expect Pinterest-worthy photos, these were actually done by a 5 year old!
1. Melting Ice Race
The first experiment is to learn about how ice melts.
This is super easy and everyone will have these ingredients at home. All you need is 3 ice cubes, some salt, pepper and sugar.
Place the ice cubes on a plate and sprinkle one with salt, one with sugar and one with pepper – ask your kids which they think will melt the fastest.
2. Making Salt Crystals
The second experiment is to see how salt crystals react with water.
This time all you need is some paper, paint and salt.
Brush some watery paint over a piece of paper and then lightly sprinkle the salt over the top. You can make a pattern or just sprinkle it everywhere.
You can see the salt start to soak up the paint straight away.
Once the paint is dry you can brush off the salt and you’ll be left with some great star-like patterns on your painting where the salt has dried, as well as some funky coloured salt.
3. Layered Liquids
This experiment whos how some liquids mix together and how some separate into layers. You will need water, food colouring, oil and syrup.
To make 3 layers pour some water into a glass or bottle and add a few drops of food colouring.
Next add some vegetable oil but don’t stir the mixture.
Finally add some golden syrup and watch what happens.
The ingredients will separate into layers according to how dense they are. You can also try liquid soap and honey to see what happens.
So there you go, 3 mega easy science experiments to try at home.
I currently have a carrot in a jar in my kitchen, and Little H wants to make rain so there may be another post with some more experiments soon!
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