Fun Science Experiments You Can Do with Your Child

Using common household ingredients, you can create safe science experiments that teach your children about density, chemical reactions and more.

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When parents hear the term “science experiment” they often think - beakers, white coats, chemical reactions, but guess what - it doesn’t have to be that complicated. There are hundreds of scientific experiments you can conduct at home using simple materials from around the house. Because these experiments use simple, every day household ingredients, they are safe and fun for One of the coolest and simplest experiments you can conduct with your child uses only two basic ingredients: oil and water. This experiment helps children discover the reasoning behind the phrase “oil and water don’t mix” by teaching them about density and “miscibility,” or how well two substances mix. For this experiment, you’ll need a quarter cup water, a quarter cup vegetable oil, a small glass, and food coloring. Pour the water into the glass. Add a few drops of food coloring. Add the oil. Ask your child to tell you what he sees, and point out which layer rises to the top. Place plastic wrap over the top of the glass, and shake to mix the oil and water. Set the glass down and watch the oil and water separate again. Discuss the results with your kiddo. Combining a few common household ingredients can create a fizzing, frothing solution that will have your kids squealing in delight (or, at least saying “how cool was THAT?”) This experiment will teach your children about the theory behind chemical reactions. Because you will be toying with a non-food substance in this experiment, adult supervision is required. For this experiment, you’ll need one table spoon of baking soda, one table spoon of laundry detergent, three quarters cup of water, one quarter cup of vinegar, food coloring - if you like, a twelve ounce drinking glass, a waterproof tray or tub big enough to catch the foam, and a small mixing spoon, like a teaspoon. Set the glass in the tub or tray. Fill the glass with baking soda and laundry detergent. Add the water and add a few drops of food coloring, if desired. Gently stir. To produce the fizz and foam, quickly pour in the vinegar. You’ll see the solution start to bubble up and pour over the glass into tray or tub. Repeat with different colors if desired. A great experiment for older kids is to create a balloon rocket that they can launch from the furniture, the doorknobs, or other solid objects in your home (the cat is off limits). This experiment teaches children about air thrust, or the pushing force created by energy. You’ll need a balloon, a piece of kite string that is about ten to fifteen feet long, a plastic straw, and some tape. Tie one end of the kite string to a doorknob, chair, table leg or other support (again, not the cat). Weave the other end of the string through the drinking straw. Blow up the balloon, but don’t tie it. Instead, pinch the end and tape the straw to the outside of the balloon, lengthwise. Let go to “launch” the rocket and watch it fly! Well that was just a sampling of the experiments you can do around the house. For more ideas, check out

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