No matter what they’re doing, the moment you start doing an experiment, all eyes are on you. That’s why simple science experiments should be the norm rather than the exception in your curriculum. I know, I know…science experiments are messy, they take time, they’re a hassle, they get all over. Well, stop right there, because the moment you change your thinking about them is the moment endless possibilities open up for you and your child. So, don’t be afraid of science experiments, embrace them! Here are five fun ones to get you started. Don’t worry, they’re not that messy.
HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE: 5 FUN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
1. CRYSTAL SNOWFLAKES
Even if you live in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, your kids can make crystal snowflakes this winter to celebrate the holiday season. Besides being a lot of fun, this experiment is easy and doesn’t require a lot of supplies. If you’re having trouble finding the Borax, try the laundry aisle of your grocery store. Mine stocks it up high on the top shelf.
2. COLOR CHANGING CELERY EXPERIMENT
We’re big plant lovers here and each year our garden produces enough tomatoes to feed the entire block. When we tried to explain how the water that we put on the ground at the base of the plant was able to travel up the stem to the leaves, we did a quick celery color changing experiment. What’s involved? Not much! Just grab some celery, some food coloring, and plastic cups with a bit of water. Give it a try!
3. WHY IS THE SKY BLUE? EXPERIMENT
Did you ever wonder why the sky is blue exactly? Well this easy experiment helps make it all clear. Use it during a unit on the weather, light, or even a “World Around Us” study to make science come alive.
4. HOW TO MAKE SNOW EXPERIMENT
Okay, this isn’t snow exactly, but it’s a neat experiment and for those of you who live where there is no snow, it’s perfect. Combine it with the crystal experiment above and you’ll have winter all season long!
5. MENTOS AND DIET COKE EXPERIMENT
It’s true, my kids watch Myth Busters. The Mentos and Diet Coke experiment is one of their all time favorite science experiments, because it’s messy and explosive. Which is another way of saying that it’s perfect for curious kids. We did our experiment outside and trust me when I say you’ll want to too. It’s easy to do, but the actual science behind it is really fascinating. The instructions here also come with a downloadable for you.
Whether you want to dive head first into an experiment extravaganza or tiptoe in with an easy starter experiment, just remember that children have a tendency to remember a lot more about what they do than what they simply read in a book. The more fun and engaging you make science, the more your kids will love it. So, jump in! You’re going to have a blast!