Searching for kid-friendly science experiments to do at home? Science experiments are a big hit with my kids so we’ve actually been doing them more often.
We’ve been stuck at home for a while now because of the virus so I was looking for more ways to entertain my kids so they can be distracted from all the issues going on right now.
Science experiments were a great choice for me because they’re not only fun but also educational.
In this post, I’ve compiled a list of kid-friendly science experiments to do at home especially when bored.
Easy Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home
1. Baking Soda Volcanoes
This is a classic science experiment that teaches kids about chemical reactions and earth science.
My kids love this experiment the most because of the volcano erupting.
The experiment is a lot of fun, but it’s also very messy.
So if you don’t want a big mess in the house, I would recommend doing it in the backyard.
2. Mixing Diet Coke and Mentos
This is one of the oldest science experiments out there and kids have been doing it for years!
This experiment is very exciting because of the explosion but I would recommend standing back for safety reasons.
3. Tornado in a Jar
This experiment teaches kids about the weather. I love it because it’s very easy to set up.
It only takes a few minutes to prepare and it requires very few materials.
You’ll only need a mason jar, water, dish soap, and vinegar for this project and the messiness level is very low so it’s safe to do it inside.
4. Elephant Toothpaste
This is a very messy experiment that involves a lot of oozing everywhere. So, if you don’t want the trouble of cleaning afterwards, you could go into the backyard.
What you’ll need: Clean 16-oz soda bottle, 6% solution of hydrogen peroxide, 1 packet of dry yeast, Water, Dishwashing soap
- Pour the hydrogen peroxide, food coloring, and dishwashing soap into the bottle
- In the cup mix the yeast packet with some warm water for about 30 seconds
- Add the yeast mixture to the bottle
- Stand back, and watch the solution become a massive foamy mixture that pours out of the bottle
5. Water Walking
Get six containers of water: three with clear water, one with red food coloring, one with blue coloring, and one with yellow coloring.
Arrange them in a circle, alternating colored and clear containers, and make bridges between the containers with folded paper towels.
The colored water will walk over the bridges and into the clear containers, mixing colors.
You can get the complete tutorial at Fun Learning for Kids »
6. Shaving Cream Water Cycle
This is a very simple science experiment.
You only need to set shaving-cream clouds on top of a glass of water and use a dropper to add in blue water then when the clouds get saturated, you get blue rain.
7. Color Cabbage
Show the kids how water moves from the roots to the leaves by putting cabbage in food coloring.
8. Egg in a Bottle
Have you ever tried putting a peeled hard-boiled egg into a bottle? It cannot fit.
However, if you put a burning piece of paper in the bottle first, it will cause the bottle to expand and your egg will fit.
9. Magic Milk
This is an experiment on surface tension.
When you add a few drops of food coloring in a shallow bowl of milk, and they’ll stay that way.
However, when you add a little dish soap to a toothpick or a Q-tip and touch the food coloring, the colors will move around.
10. Pencils Through a Bag of Water
Have you ever pierced a bag of water with a sharpened pencil? What happened?
You might expect the water to leak out, however, if things go as planned, the polymers of the bag’s plastic will re-seal around the pencil.
11. Tea Bag Rocket
Do you want a fun way to teach kids that hot air rises? Then do this simple experiment.
Take the tea out of a teabag, hollow it out and stand it up, and (carefully) take a match to it. The hollowed-out bag is so light, it rises along with the hot air, and becomes a flying tea bag.
12. Sink or Float?
Take a variety of objects in the house and put them on water to determine whether they sink or float.
This is a great way to teach the kids about density because they’ll never forget the objects which floated and those which sank.
13. Balloon-Powered Car
You don’t need any fancy materials to make a balloon-powered car.
You only need basic household items like toothpicks, bottle caps, coins and an empty juice box.
14. How to Make Lightning
You don’t have to wait for a storm to see lightning. You can actually create your own lightning at home.
This experiment is a fun way to teach kids about electricity and weather.
What you’ll need: Pencil with eraser, glue, Aluminum tray or pie tin, Wool cloth, Styrofoam tray, Thumbtack
- Stick a thumbtack through the bottom of an aluminum tray
- Then stick the pencil eraser to the pushpin
- Rub the piece of wool over the aluminum tray
- Then set the tray on the Styrofoam, where it’ll create a small spark/tiny bolt of lightning!
15. Self-Inflating Balloon
If you put baking soda in an empty bottle and vinegar in a balloon, when you attach the balloon over the mouth of the bottle and let the vinegar pour in, the resulting gas will be enough to inflate the balloon on its own.
16. Light Refraction
The light refraction experiment takes only a few minutes to set up and uses basic materials, but it’s a great way to show kids how light travels.
Materials you’ll need: Sticky note, Marker, Transparent water bottle, Water
- Draw two arrows on a sticky note and stick it to the wall
- Then fill a clear water bottle with water
- As you move the water bottle in front of the arrows, the arrows will appear to change the direction they’re pointing
17. Ice Cream in a Bag
This is a cool experiment because you can actually eat it! It’s an experiment about how energy transforms states of matter.
Toss the ingredients in a bag, seal it up, and have your kids shake it vigorously for 10 minutes and note the changes that happen.
18. Water Xylophone
This teaches kids about soundwaves.
You’ll need: Glass jars, Water, Wooden sticks/skewers, and Food coloring
- Fill glass jars with varying levels of water.
- Line them up and let the kids hit the sides with wooden sticks
- See how the pitch differs depending on how much water is in the jar
19. Floating Ms
This is a great way to introduce kids to solvents, solutes, and solutions.
20. Instant Ice
Did you know that water can turn into ice as it’s being poured?
The secret is to chill water in the freezer until it’s almost frozen, then pour it over ice placed on an overturned ceramic bowl.