If you’re looking for after-school activities that don’t involve a screen, try one of these fun and educational science projects for kids. In addition to providing hours of entertainment, homemade science projects can teach kids about the world around them.
Fun Science Projects For Kids
#1 The Homemade Volcano Science Project For Kids
Quite possibly the most popular home science project for kids, making a homemade volcano just never gets old. If you don’t have time to create a realistic looking papier-mâché volcano, any used soda bottle will work just fine.
- Insert a funnel into the top of the bottle.
- Add one cup of baking soda to the bottle.
- Slowly pour in one cup of vinegar and watch the bottle overflow with bubbles.
You make want to try doing this fun volcano experiment in a watermelon as way to fancy up the visual appeal of this hands on science project.
#2 Film Canister Rocket Science Project For Kids
This home science project requires only a couple of ingredients but offers a big payoff. Because the rocket really does launch into the air, this should be done outdoors and safety goggles are recommended.
- Open an empty film canister and add a teaspoon of water.
- Quickly drop half of an antacid tablet inside.
- Quickly place the film canister upside down on the ground.
- Stand back and watch your rocket launch.
#3 Observe Protozoa Under a Microscope Science Project For Kids
If you really want to amaze your children, help them learn about unicellular life with microscopes for kids. Start by heading to a local outdoor water source and letting them see how many signs of life they can spot around the areas. Then collect a water sample and take it back home. Simply place a couple drops of pond water, creek water, river water or sea water onto a slide and let your kids observe. If the protozoa are proving difficult to spot, adding a drop of methyl cellulose will help to slow their movements. Try several slides and see how many different things they can spot in each drop of local water.
#4 Floating Paperclip Science Project For Kids
All you will need for this fun and easy magnetic experiment is a bowl of water, a paper clip, a stick and a small piece of tissue paper.
- In the bowl of water, show your kids how the paper clip won’t float.
- Place the piece of tissue paper on the surface of the water.
- Drop the dry paperclip on top of the tissue paper.
- Use a stick to gently push the tissue paper down.
- The surface tension created will cause the paperclip to float!
#5 Shine Up Your Penny Collection Science Project For Kids
Teach your kids about copper oxide by letting them help you clean a jar of pennies. All you will need for this fun experiment is a non-metal bowl full of vinegar, a dash of salt and a collection of old pennies. After placing the dull pennies into the bowl, your kids will be thrilled to watch them turn shiny after only 10 seconds.
#6 Build A Robot
So many advances are being made in the field of robots. Lots of high schools and clubs now robotics classes. Have your child take a free Robotics Workshop for Kids (online or in-person). It is a great way for them to learn the basic concepts of robotics. They will learn about the design and various parts needed to build a fully functional robot, about programming a robot, and about controlling a robot via an app or voice commands. It is fun, engaging, rewarding, and educational.
I hope you enjoyed these fun science projects for kids and that they get your child thinking and learning. What educational kids activities are your favorite?