Science Activities 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.

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!
Witches Brew Science Experiment for Kids

Witches Brew Science Experiment

Explore chemical reactions in this fun Witches Brew Science Experiment! Kids will have a blast creating their own potions while learning how to compare and contrast the reactions of different materials. This witches brew science experiment can easily be a fun stand alone sensory activity that can very easily be adapted into a science experiment.

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Investigating Sunflowers in Preschool Fine Motor Sensory Bin

Investigating Sunflowers Fine Motor Activity

Encourage kids to learn about the parts of a sunflower with this simple and engaging Investigating Sunflowers Fine Motor Tray! Every year without fail we plant a garden that the kids help with from start to finish. This year my rambunctious toddler was all to eager to help. As the garden began to grow we

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Hatching Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs

Hatching Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs

Explore chemical reactions in this Hatching Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs Sensory Science Bin! My kids love everything fizzy! It doesn’t matter how many times we do a fizzy science experiment or make bath bombs, they find it absolutely magical! In the past we have made exploding dinosaur mud which was a lot of fun, but for

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Dinosaur Excavation Kit DIY

Make Your Own Dinosaur Fossil Dig Kit

Do you have a budding paleontologist in your home or classroom? I know my son can name more dinosaurs that I could ever imagine existed. It blows my mind to listen to him talk about all the different species of dinosaurs. He has always been fascinated with everything dinosaur, so as we worked our way

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Frozen Ocean Sensory Bin

Frozen Ocean Animal Rescue Kids Activity

Cool down from the heat with this fun science sensory bin! Kids will have a blast exploring the different ways to melt ice as they rescue ocean animals in this frozen ocean sensory bin! Frozen Animal Rescue Kids Activity Supplies Needed: Plastic Art Tray or Shallow Bin Water Beads Balloons Small Plastic Ocean Animals Seashells

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Ocean Zones Sensory Bottles

Ocean Zones Sensory Bottles

Explore the depths of the ocean with these fun Ocean Layers Sensory Bottles. This is a fantastic sensory/science activity that your child is sure to love! How to Make These Ocean Zones Sensory Bottles Supplies Needed: Plastic Bottles (we love these ones) Shades of Blue Card-stock or Construction Paper Glue-stick Scissors Water Blue Food Coloring

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Ocean Pollution Science Activity for Kids

Ocean Pollution Clean Up Science Activity

Help kids explore the importance of ocean pollution with this clean up sensory science activity! Ocean Pollution Science Activity for Kids Supplies: Printable Ocean Pollution Science Packet Sensory Table or Large Plastic Bin/Tub Water Plastic Ocean Animals (we used these ones) Seashells Plastic Toy Boat Cocoa Powder Vegetable Oil Plastic Bags Coffee Grounds Sponge Cotton

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This color changing playdough recipe is super easy to make and one that your kids will love! With math, science, and sensory all wrapped up into one activity you have to try making this thermochromic playdough at home!

DIY Heat Sensitive Color Changing Playdough

This color changing playdough recipe is super easy to make and one that your kids will love! With math, science, and sensory all wrapped up into one activity you have to try making this thermochromic playdough at home! Play dough is one of our favorite sensory materials to make at home. It’s quick to make,

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Science Websites for Kids

A Really Big List of Free Science Websites for Kids

Make the most out of your child’s time online with these Free Science Websites for Kids. This insanely massive list of fun learning science websites includes sites for a wide range of ages, from preschool and up. The majority of these though are best suited for elementary aged students. Each one of the sites listed

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How to Brush Your Teeth Slime Activity

Exploring Dental Health with Slime

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 dental hygiene for kids with this fun “How to Brush Your Teeth” Slime Activity! This

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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 them in the beautiful autumn air. Grab the free printable and set to exploring nature this fall.

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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!

Exploding Lava Science Bottle

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 experiment, know that it is messy! The exploding

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Geocaching with Kids - The Ultimate Treasure Hunt!

The Ultimate Treasure Hunt – Geocaching with Kids

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 love! Geocaching with kids is like the ultimate treasure

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ABC Excavation Sensory Bin

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 some planning. This is not a throw together

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Fizzy Fine Motor ABC’s

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 recognition.

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This Parts of a Flower Cutting Tray was a fun scissor activity to work on my kids' basic scissor skills while getting some hands-on exploration of flowers.

Parts of a Flower Cutting Tray

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 getting some hands-on exploration of flowers. Before delving into

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This Kitchen Science Kit for Kids is our easy solution for keeping everything we might need in one easy to reach place.

Kitchen Science Kit for Kids

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 stored in two main containers –

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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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Exploring Water Stratification with Skittles Science

Skittles Science: Exploring Water Stratification

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 attempts to clear this house of

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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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juice box planters

Juice Box Planters: Gardening with Kids

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #UltimatePlaydate #CollectiveBias One of our favorite family activities is gardening with Grandma (or in my kids case great-grandma). It is something both kids have an absolute

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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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Best iPad Apps

Science for Kids: Best iPad Apps

Electronics intertwined into education has had a profound impact for my family. My daughter definitely has had her fair share of struggles when it comes to learning and I have had my fair share of disagreements about how things should be done. Yet, when it comes to the iPad I fully agree that it has

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Some of Our Favorite Science Books for Kids: