Simple Science Experiments for Kids
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.
Below you will find some of our favorite science activities that we have done with our children!
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.
Our Favorite Science Experiment Books for Kids
Science Experiments for Kids
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 them in the beautiful autumn air. Grab the free printable and set to exploring nature this...
This Exploding Lava Science Bottle is a quick and easy kitchen science experiment that kids will love. If you are looking for a quick boredom buster to do with items you already have around your house then you gotta give this a try! Before doing this science...
Lately, my kids have been very interested in Geocaching. To be honest, when they approached me about this I was extremely skeptical about whether or not this was an appropriate activity that my kids would enjoy. After some research and our first adventure, we are in...
Lately, Mr. Q has been interested in everything ABC. To help engage him in play we have been trying out a variety of different alphabet games. This Alphabet Excavation Sensory Bin has been one of our favorite ABC kids’ games so far! Making this bin did require...
Lately, it has been hot, hot, hot here. Like step outside and feel like you are melting hot. These Fizzy Fine Motor ABC’s Ice Cubes were a fun way to cool down while working on our letter...
This week our yard is finally in full bloom. The kids have been absolutely fascinated with the different types flowers- they all look so different! This Parts of a Flower Cutting Tray was a fun scissor activity to work on my kids’ basic scissor skills while...
Lately, I have gotten a lot of questions about how we store all of our science experiment materials. This Kitchen Science Kit for Kids is our easy solution for keeping everything we might need in one easy to reach place. This kit sits above our kitchen counter and is...
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.
Explore magnetic poles, force, and physics with this simple science experiment for kids that will teach them how to make a compass!
I have to admit, my kids have a bit of a candy addiction. Everyday when I clean I find little pockets of candy hidden throughout the house. In their dressers. Under their pillows. Even in the floor vents…that one was a fun one to clean up. So, despite my...
This Exploding Pumpkin Experiment is super neat! Kids will be amazed by this simple science experiment!
Ya’ll are never going to believe what this Frog Egg Sensory Bin is made out of, but it was perfect for setting up some pretend play while learning about the anatomy of Frog Eggs.
Why Do Pine Cones Open and Close? This student led science experiment is a fascinating and quick learning activity that the entire family will enjoy!
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!
A Pudding Cup Anemometer is a fun way to recycle your snack packaging, get your kids creating, building, and learning about the weather!
An insect sensory bin is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore and learn about bugs from the comfort of your home.
Insect Sensory Bin: A super slimy bin that is fantastic for pretend play and fine motor. This easy distraction will have your child engaged and learning!
Create a magic tree out of salt crystals, cardboard, and a few other household items. Within a day, you’ll have a colorful crystal covered tree that seemed to magically sprout from nothing!
Through a series of activities, students will study the butterfly life cycle while noting its development from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
Ocean Animals Science Sensory Bin: Sea shells, fossils, shark teeth, and more! This simple sensory bin is a great way to get children exploring marine life through sight, sound, touch, and even scent!
Bouncy Egg Experiment: Did you know that you could make an egg bounce? Try the Bouncy Egg science experiment and see how it works!
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!
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.
Excavating Dinosaurs: Melting ice with salt and water. Science, water play, and fine motor development all wrapped up in a fun, icy activity!
Looking for science ideas for Valentine’s Day? Try your hand with this dissolving conversation hearts 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!
Basic color theory for Kids with this amazingly fun color mixing science experiment – Crawling Colors!
Make a marine life sensory bin to play that will have your children exploring sea creatures and scientific reactions!
Rain Cloud in a Jar: make a model of a rain cloud using shaving cream, water, and food coloring! Your kiddos will LOVE this hands on science activity!
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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
Every February the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsor’s National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness and education on oral health. Since this month is dental health month, this week we have been exploring taking care of our teeth and...