Science experiments for kids at home are a great way to keep curious kids learning while having fun! These science experiments to do at home are great for kids from 4 – 6 years old!
Science experiments for kids to try at home are a great way to keep young minds busy now more than ever!
It has officially been one year since working parents across the country were required to take on a brand-new role: homeschool teacher.
For those of us who were lucky enough to be given the flexibility to work from home, while this did relieve some of our anxieties about working in the office during a pandemic, it brought with it a whole new set of challenges.
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Homeschooling is tough for everyone involved — parents are trying to juggle their own work with their children’s’ lessons, and kids are quickly losing concentration. It’s even more difficult when there are several different ages within one household.
At this point, your kids may be back in school full or part-time, or they may still be relying on homeschooling alone. Whatever your situation, now is the perfect time to introduce fun back into the at-home classroom with some classic science experiments that you can do from the comfort of your own kitchen. Below are three easy and fun science experiments for kids to do at home! Try these with your kids aged 4-6 from your very own science laboratory.
Science Experiments for Kids at Home
Melting Crayons Rainbow
Begin by glueing the crayons to the canvas in rainbow color order. Once all the crayons are glued on and dry, lean the canvas up against a support like a wall, and begin heating them with a blow dryer. Eventually the wax will start to melt and drip down into a beautiful piece of rainbow art.
Not only is this a super fun art project, but you can explain the physical changes and the phases of matter to your kids, where a solid changes to a liquid once it reaches a certain temperature.
Magnetic Or Not?
Do you remember the unexpected excitement when you were younger of finding your earring or paperclips sticking to something you didn’t realize was magnetic? You can turn this into the cheapest and easiest science experiment with your kids. All you need is a single magnet.
First you can create a pirate treasure map route within your house and garden for your kids to follow, with checkpoints along the way for them to test if something is magnetic or not. This is a great opportunity to teach how the magnetic poles work and also investigate which materials or objects have magnetic fields or repel other magnets.
Making it rain
With just a few common household items, you and your kids can create a cloud inside a glass of water.
If you’re homeschooling more than one child, give them each their own choice of food coloring, and set them a challenge of being the first to get their clouds to rain.
Explain to them the science behind this, whereby when droplets get too heavy in real clouds, gravity pulls them down to the ground. A bonus activity for this one is using the leftover shaving cream to create a messy art project with dozens of different food colorings and a blank canvas.
Your kids are never too young to start experimenting with science, and there are so many experiments you can do with everyday household items.
The important thing throughout these activities is to encourage your kids to ask and answer questions and think about how the ingredients are reacting with each other. There’s no reason homeschooled science can’t be fun for everyone involved.
Stephanie Ryan earned her Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has an M.S. and B.S. in chemistry, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Saint Mary’s College, respectively. She has taught science in formal and informal settings from K-16, and developed curricula for After School Matters programs in Chicago, Illinois.