If you have been searching for simple science experiments for kids, then you have come to the right place!

When we first started exploring the world of science with our kids, I won’t lie, it was overwhelming. The tools, the rules…the mess. It took me a while as a parent to stop focusing on the end result of the experiments that I was doing with my children and to start focusing on the wonder. Once I stepped back, stop controlling, and let the wonder work it’s magic that’s when the fun and learning began.

Children learn about life through hands-on exploration and trial and error. Through asking questions, seeking answers, and feeding their curiosity through play. This is what makes science such a vital subject for children to learn.

Embracing wonder. That’s what it is all about.

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How to Teach Science to Young Kids

1. Give Children Time and Space to Explore

Children learn through trial and error. They need time to test out theories, try new things and think outside the box. Before jumping in to provide your child with answers to questions they are struggling to figure out, try prompting your child with questions that will lead and giving your child the time and space to sort it out.

2. Embrace Your Child’s Questions

We have all been there, at the end of our rope as our child asks “why” for the billionth time of the day. It’s exhausting and adorable all at once. The next time your child presents you with a why turn the question back on them. Instead of providing your child the answers or responding with an “I’m not sure”, encourage your child to share their perspective and observations.

3. Find the Answers Together

“What do you think?” can be an extremely powerful phrase for a little mind. Watch your child lead the way as you explore together.

4. Accept that it Will Get Messy

Whether you are building a volcano together or exploring insects in the mud, children are likely to get messy when they explore their environments. 

5. Make Mistakes Together

Mistakes lead to all sorts of possibilities and provide endless opportunities to further explore. Take advantage of mistakes as a chance to investigate deeper together.

Science Experiments for Kids

Below you will find some of our favorite science activities that we have done with our children! Make sure to pin this post as we will be adding new science activities for kids frequently!
Free Fall Nature Hunt Printable!

Fall Nature Hunt

Fall Nature Hunt: What better way to explore the changing environment than a fall nature hunt. Your kids will love investigating the natural world around

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These Sensory Bottle Biomes are a fun, yet simple way for kids to explore what makes up a biome and to compare how various plant and animal life has adapted to fit that biome.

Sensory Bottle Biomes for Kids

These Sensory Bottle Biomes are a fun, yet simple way for kids to explore what makes up a biome and to compare how various plant and animal life has adapted to fit that biome.

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Explore magnetic force with this simple science experiment for kids that will teach them how to make a compass!

How to Make a Compass

Explore magnetic poles, force, and physics with this simple science experiment for kids that will teach them how to make a compass!

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How to Make a Crystal Geode

How to Make a Crystal Geode

Crystal Egg Geodes are a fun yet simple science experiment that engages children in learning the steps of the scientific method. This makes it a fantastic experiment for science fairs, scout groups, or even just a playful weekend at home!

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Pudding Cup Anemometer

Pudding Cup Anemometer

A Pudding Cup Anemometer is a fun way to recycle your snack packaging, get your kids creating, building, and learning about the weather!

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Fizzing Dinosaur Eggs and Exploding Mud!

Exploding Dinosaur Mud!

Exploding Dinosaur Mud: Science Experiments with bi-carb ROAR! These dinosaurs are stuck in the mud! They need a magic potion to set them free from their lava rocks!

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Dinosaur Nests! Exploring Science and Nature

Dinosaur Nests! Exploring Science and Nature

Dinosaur Nests: Exploring how Dinosaurs raised and cared for their babies with a fun and messy sensory science activity!

This science activity for kids is a great way to get outdoors and connect with nature while exploring how and why dinosaurs built their nests the way that they did.

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Love Potion #9 Sensory Science Experiment

Love Potion Number 9: Sensory Science Experiment

Who can’t use a little extra love chemistry in their lives? Especially when you have young kids…you know what I mean, don’t you!? Why not grab some basic ingredients out of your kitchen and set up this fun sensory-play Love Potion #9 Chemistry Experiment to get your kids exploring and thinking about the people in their lives!

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Cloud in a Cup: Condensation Science Experiment for Preschool

Cloud in a Cup

Kitchen science is a great way to get kids thinking about how things work. Try this easy science experiment for kids and make your own cloud in a cup

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