We have reached the final blog in our science week series! And we’re almost all scienced-out… for now anyway.
Hopefully you’ve found our science series interesting and are feeling inspired to get sciencey with your kids after seeing our blog: 7 Fun Science Activities To Do With Kids In Birmingham
But you don’t have to go out (and spend money) to do this!
This week, I’ve been searching to web to track down some of the most fun (safe) science experiments out there, that you can do from your home.
Caution: I have checked these experiments to ensure they are safe but please do be wary and follow all instructions carefully.
1. The “Crystal Garden”
I can’t be the only person who did this fun activity when they were a child..?
Overnight crystals are a fun and safe science experiment that will wow your kids and teach them about chemistry: Solutes, Saturations, Nucleation and Seed Crystals.
All you need is a jar, Epsom salts, a measuring spoon or cup, food colouring and a spoon.
Don’t ask me why… but slime is now a thing. Seriously, you can book slime parties for your kids!
It’s all the rage and to be fair, as shown in this video, it can teach a fair bit about science too.
I would recommend putting newspapers down before trying this one out, although strangely, slime is supposed to be more sticky than actually slimy.
3. Rainbow in a Jar
This is one I would personally quite like to try at home.
The finishing product is a colourful, sensory delight and the process can teach children about molecules, density and liquids.
The liquids that have the higher densities weigh more and therefore sink to the bottom. There are many variations on this experiment, just have a browse across the internet.
You can read more about the science behind the rainbow here.
4. Marbled Milk Paper
I really like this experiment because it combines Art and the Sciences – and it’s really fun!
It’s all about how different kinds of molecules interact with each other (or don’t).
Warning – this could get a bit messy if you’re not careful, so it might be worth laying out some paper/ cloths (and having some aprons at the ready).
5. Create Your Own Compass
This physics “experiment” is really fun, but also really easy to pull off, with minimal mess.
Teach your kids about magnets, friction and the Earth’s core.
You can also swap out the wax paper for a leaf if you’d like an easier option to track down.
Have fun with your experiments!
Let us know how they go and if you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment in the box below, we’d love to hear from you.
Finally, if you’d like any more information or advice about science in schools or science workshops please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or have a browse of our Science Week Blog Series!