We want all of our families – those in attendance and those who are at home – to still be able to enjoy fun, educational activities with their children. Below are fun, educational science activities families can enjoy with their children right at home.
- Water Xylophone: Use 8 identical glasses or mason jars, water, measuring cups, food coloring, plastic spoon and a wooden spoon. Arrange the glasses and fill them with different amounts of water (one with 1 1/2 cups of water and next with 1 1/4 cups water). Add food coloring to add color to the water glasses. Let the children hit the glasses with the wooden or plastic spoons and see the different sounds that the glasses make.
- Sink or Float Experiment: Fill a bucket with water and let the children choose different water safe items to put in the water. Talk to your children about whether they think that the items will float in the water or sink to the bottom. Make predictions and test out the items to see the results. Take the experiment even further by adding salt to the water and see if that changes whether the item sinks or floats.
- Playdough Marble Maze: Use playdough, a cookie sheet, cups and a marble. Let the children create their own marble maze using those items.
- Hand Washing Experiment: Fill a plate of bowl with water. Add pepper to the top of the water. Add soap to your child’s hands and let them but their finger into the water. The pepper will spread away from the finger. Talk to children about the importance of using soap and hand washing.
- Building Bridges: Build bridges with a variety of materials around your house. After the bridges are built, see how much weight (toys) they can hold. Test out different materials and ways to build.
- Color Mixing Playdough: Make playdough with the three primary colors. Let the children take pieces of the playdough and mix the colors together to make different colors. You can make playdough right at home with this simple playdough recipe: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 cup water and food coloring.
- Ramps: Build ramps using different materials (wood, cardboard, containers, etc.). Let children experiment with the ramps and see what rolls down.
- Frozen Goop: Make frozen goop using cornstarch, water, food coloring, and ice cube trays. Place the frozen goop in a sensory bin and watch it melt as your child plays with it.
- Walking Water Experiment: Using 6 jars or cups, fill 3 cups up with the primary colors. Put the empty cups in-between the colors. Put a connected paper towel between all of the jars. After a little while the water will start to walk up the paper towels and mix in the empty cups.
What are your children’s favorite science experiments? Tell us in the comments below!