Science, if taught in an interesting manner, can be the most wonderful subject. The fact that science explains everything around us makes it even more enticing. In science, there are no miracles, you only have facts, which can be proved with simple experiments. Right from petty things such as why do your eyes water while cutting onion to more complicated things such as how do airplanes fly, science provides an answer to one and all. Love for science can be inculcated in children at a young age itself. Fun science experiments can be a great way to arouse kids' interest in science.
Fun Science Experiments for Kids at Home
Certain science facts are best explained with the use of household items. Letting kids experiment at home is a great way to keep them engaged and teach them something new.
Understanding seed germination is an important lesson on plant life. A simple experiment shows the transformation of a dry seed into a lush green plant that we see. You will need some pumpkin or sunflower seeds, loose soil, a pot and water. Fill the pot with gardening soil and plant a seed in it. Put the pot in a place where it can receive indirect, but ample sunlight. Water the pot daily and see the changes inside the pot. First you will notice a sprout like structure which later gives way to tiny leaves, which then grows to become a full-fledged plant.
A Mini Volcano
Making a mini volcano is a fun filled activity. All you need is a bottle of vinegar and some baking soda. Take a small bottle and fill its bottom with baking soda. Slowly pour vinegar in this bottle and see what happens. As soon as vinegar comes in contact with baking soda a fizzy substance is formed which erupts out of the bottle. To make this volcano look like a real thing, use paper mache to give it a conical shape of a volcano. Hide the bottle under the paper mache volcano, so that you only see the fizzy substance erupting like a real volcano.
Interesting Science Experiments for Kids at School
Science class can become full of life and energy if you let kids perform some simple experiments on their own. These projects will help them understand the concept quickly and thoroughly.
Sorting Acids and Bases
A lesson on pH of substances can be best explained with the use of red cabbage. Yes! Red cabbage allows you to test the substance for its acidity or alkalinity. Cut two cups of cabbages and put it in a blender with 1 cup water. Strain the mixture to get clear red cabbage juice. Now take a variety of substances such as vinegar, cleaning ammonia etc. and test them with a few drops of cabbage juice. You will notice the color change according to their pH. Record your observations and draw inference.
Making an Egg Float in the Middle of Glass
This experiment can be a good lesson on density and its effect on buoyancy. Take a glass of clean water and drop an egg in the water. What happens? The egg sinks to the bottom of the glass. Now take another tall glass and fill it half way with water. Add 6 tbsp salt to this water and let it dissolve. Then, slowly pour clean water in the glass of salted water until it is full. Take care not to disturb the salty water underneath. Now take an egg and drop it in this glass. What happens now? The egg sinks until it is midway through the glass and then suddenly starts floating! Why does this happen? The density of water is less than egg, hence the egg sinks in water. When you add salt to it you essentially increase its density, so that egg can float upon it. For any object to float on the surface of fluid, its density should be less than that of fluid.
Make the Water Glow in Dark
You will need a blacklight and a bottle of tonic water or a highlighter pen, for this experiment. Find a room with absolute darkness and pour some tonic water in a bowl. Flash blacklight on this water and see it glow! If using a highlighter pen, you will need to break it open and dip its felt in some water. The reason you see the water glowing in dark is that, tonic water and dye in felt tip contains phosphors which transform the invisible UV light to visible light.
You can look for numerous other fun and safe experiment ideas for kids. However, keep a close watch on them when dealing with potentially harmful ingredients.