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20+ Easy Science Experiments at Home For Students

Seema Kaushik
May 12, 2022
School, Students

Science is fascinating. Especially to the young budding learners aged 8-15. But, often the interest of students in science fluctuates as they approach higher studies. What could be the reason? 

It is believed that the reason is the lack of experience with real-life examples of science concepts. Though these are present everywhere, students fail to notice them and experience the science in real life. That’s where science experiments for kids come into the picture. 

It is believed that science experiments can ignite the student's curiosity cells, and can elevate their interest in science concepts. This also helps them understand science and its application which aids them in building careers and making better choices in academics. 

But, does one need machinery, and hefty equipment for science experiments? We tell you, you don't! 

There are plenty of science practical ideas for kids in which you do not need any specialized equipment, or chemicals. These are science experiments for kids at home. Want to know some cool science experiments for kids you can let your child experience at home? Let's Begin! 

Some Easy and Safe Science Experiments for Kids

As said, the science experiments for kids would not need any hefty equipment, or apparatus, these are easy, simple science experiments you can do at home. Let’s start! 

1. Surface Tension with Black Pepper

Black Pepper is a general household kitchen item. To execute this science experiment at home, you will be needing-

● Black Pepper

● A bowl

● Liquid soap 

● Water

To begin with, fill a bowl with water, and sprinkle pepper on the water. Dip fingers in liquid soap, and then into this bowl with pepper. You will see pepper going away from your finger. This phenomenon is known as surface tension. You can explain to your kid how liquid soap changed the surface tension for pepper, and therefore it showed movement. 

For this easy science experiment, ensure you take precautions while using pepper with your kid. 

2. A Homemade Slime

If you live with a kid, you must have heard of slime. What if we tell you, you can make this slime at home! You’ll be needing- 

● Glue

● Water

● Bowls 

● Borax

Start by mixing ¼ cup of water into ¼ cup of glue in a large bowl. Just ensure you add equal amounts of water and glue. Now, if you need colorful slime, add a few drops of food colorings into this mixture. In a different bowl, mix ½ spoon of borax powder, and ½ cup of water to make a paste. Now, add this borax mixture into your glue and water mixture bowl, and voila, your slime is ready! If you want glitter slime, add some glitter in a mixture of glue and water too, and enjoy the fun!

3. Make Raisins Dance

This is one of the most simple science practicals. For this, you just need-

● Raisins 

● Soda 

● Water  

Fill a glass with water, and one with clear soda. Put some raisins in both glasses. In a glass with soda, raisins would float due to glass bubbles whereas in plain glass water, there are no soda bubbles, and hence no dancing raisins. Explain to your kid that this happened due to carbon dioxide bubbles in soda glass.  

4. Colorful Water Walking Bridge

For this science experiment at home, you just need glasses of water, food colorings of different colors, and paper towels. 

Add water into glasses, and add different food colorings to each glass. Place these in a circle or a straight line, and put paper towels in all glasses putting glasses along with each other. You will see colored solutions traveling to towels, and making a colorful bridge. Show this wonder of the capillary to your kid, and enjoy science at home! 

5. Eggs in a Glass

This is an experiment with just an egg, and glasses filled with water. Boil different eggs differently. Keep one raw, one half-boiled, and one full-boiled. 

Pour water into different glasses, and put different eggs. Mark the glasses with the type of egg. This would surprise kids as different types of egg float, sinks, or sits at the bottom in a different way. 

6. Magic Colored Milk

Another one is to experience the surface tension magic. Pour milk into the glass, and add some food coloring to it. Add a little dish soap to a toothpick. Now, touch this toothpick on the milk surface, and dip it to the tip. You will see swirling colors like magic. 

This happened due to the surface tension of liquid soap breaking the milk and food coloring barrier. This looks like magic! 

7. Get Einstein’s Head

For this, your kids will definitely beg you to do it again, and again. For this, you need a piece of cloth, a balloon! 

Rub an inflated balloon on a piece of cloth, and then take this near your kid's hair. And, let him enjoy his new Einstein hair. But, also explain to him the principle of static energy!

8. A Home Volcano!

It’s time to go a bit wild at science experiments and create a volcano at home. You need a few simple items for this-

Plastic cup, or bowl

● Baking soda

● Food coloring

● Water

● Dish soap

● Vinegar

To begin with, add ⅔ cup of water to a bowl. Add baking soda, food coloring, and dish soap to it. Stir all these ingredients well. Then, add the vinegar, and pour until it starts making a foam. It will ooze out of the cup-like a volcano. Believe us, kids will go mad over it, and would say you do it again, and again! 

9. Guess the Smell!

Not only science around us, but our body science is also amazing! Let your child experience this as well with a simple science experiment! 

For this, blindfold your kid, and let them smell different things. And, see how many things they can recognize right. You can use things like pepper, glue, candies, liquid soap, etc. 

10. A Sense of Touch!

Just like the last experiment, this experiment also lets your kids experience body science. For this, blindfold your kid, and let them recognize different things merely by touching. 

This would elevate their concentration, and game of senses.

11. Hear the Voices!

It’s time for a hearing check. Blindfold your kid, and play the sound of different vehicles like ambulances, police vans, etc., and animal voices. Let them recognize these rights, and enhance their identification skills!    

12. Pencils into a Bag of Water

One of the best science projects, this easy experiment just needs some pencils and a bag of water. Once you fill a plastic bag with water, put the pencils into it. While kids will think the water might leak out of the bag, it won’t! Explain to your kids it happened as the polymers of the bag formed bonds around pencils.  

13. Get Your Balloon Filler

To make an instant balloon filler at home, you just need four things-

● A balloon

● Plastic bottle

● Vinegar 

● Baking soda

Start this experiment by putting baking soda in a bottle. Add vinegar to a balloon and place it over the rim of the bottle cap. The vinegar in the balloon will start pouring into the bottle, and soon the gas formed with the reaction of baking soda, and vinegar will inflate the balloon. And, Bingo! you’ve got your balloon filler. 

14. Make Your Sundial Clock

Sundials are fascinating as they are believed to be from history. Let your kids experience sundial at home with a simple science project idea. 

For this, you need a pencil, a paper plate, and a dough. To begin with, place your pencil in the dough, and place it on a paper plate. Place this near the window where sunlight falls on it. Mark the shadow of a pencil with each passing hour. The next day, notice if the sundial shows at the same time. 

15. Guess the Sinker and Floater!

This is the most basic experiment that lets kids learn the concept of density. For this, you just need some household items (any), a small tub, and water. 

Fill the tub with water, and turn by turn place different objects in the tub. Some will float, and some will sink. Let kids guess it first, and let them exercise their curiosity. And, explain to them why some objects float, and some sink. 

16. It’s Time for a Tornado.

An easy science experiment to do at home where kids will go awestruck. Just give them a plastic bottle half-filled with water. Teach them to swirl it, and see a water tornado in a bottle. This will keep them busy for hours. 

17. Skittle Time!

Skittles are light sugar candies coated with different colors. To make them learn how sugar dissolves, and releases colors, fill a plate with water and place different colored skittles. Slowly, see skittles leaving their color, and making a colored swirl in the water. 

18. A Magnet for All!

We all know that magnets attract iron, but kids don't. Get them some magnets and let them be free and test various household items. Ask them to note down what magnets attract, and then let them think of a pattern. Teach them why some objects are magnet sensitive while some aren't!

19. Enclose a Secret Message

For this, you need lemon juice, water, a cotton swab, and water. 

Mix lemon, juice, and water in a cup. Dip your cotton swab into this mixture and write something on a piece of paper, Let this air dry, and then place it in the direction of a light bulb or tube light, and you will be able to read the secret message. Let them enjoy this secret ink! 

20. Experience the Orange Bubbles

Take an orange, and peel it. Take one slice, and put a little baking soda on it. And put this in your kid’s mouth. The orange will ooze out in bubbles, and your kid will enjoy this tickling feeling in the mouth!

Conclusion

All these experiments were simple. But there also are experiments that need equipment under teacher supervision to experience the real power of science. For this, one needs the best high school in Ahmedabad, or nearby CBSE school. GIIS is an ideal choice for you!

Seema Kaushik

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