5 fun science experiments using household items

EEsther October 8, 2023 7:06 AM

Does your kid love to experiment and explore? Why not turn that curiosity into learning? Science experiments can be a fun and educational way to keep children engaged and understanding the world around them better. Today, we're going to share with you 5 fun science experiments that you can easily do at home using household items.

The dancing raisins experiment

First off, we have the dancing raisins experiment. This fun experiment helps kids understand the concept of buoyancy and gas bubbles.

Materials:

  • A clear glass
  • Water
  • Raisins
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Procedure:

  1. Fill the glass halfway with water.
  2. Add a few raisins into the glass.
  3. Mix in a teaspoon of baking soda.
  4. Pour in some vinegar and watch the raisins dance!

Magic milk experiment

Next, we have the magic milk experiment. This one is all about chemical reactions and surface tension.

Materials:

  • A shallow dish
  • Milk
  • Food coloring
  • Soap

Procedure:

  1. Pour enough milk into the dish to cover the bottom.
  2. Add a few drops of different colored food coloring.
  3. Dip a cotton swab in soap, and touch it to the milk. Watch the colors whirl and twirl!

Homemade lava lamp

This homemade lava lamp experiment not only looks cool but also teaches the kids about density and reactions between water and oil.

Materials:

  • A clear glass or plastic container
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Effervescent tablet (like Alka-Seltzer)

Procedure:

  1. Fill the container about ¾ full with oil.
  2. Fill the rest with water.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring.
  4. Break the effervescent tablet into a few pieces and drop them in one at a time. Watch your homemade lava lamp come to life!

Invisible ink

The invisible ink experiment is a fun way for kids to learn about oxidation and chemical reactions.

Materials:

  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton swab or paintbrush
  • Paper
  • Lamp or other heat source

Procedure:

  1. Dip a cotton swab or paintbrush in lemon juice and write a message on the paper.
  2. Let the paper dry completely.
  3. Hold the paper near a heat source, and watch as your message appears!

Static electricity butterfly

Lastly, we have the static electricity butterfly experiment. This experiment teaches kids about static electricity.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper
  • A balloon
  • Woolen fabric

Procedure:

  1. Cut a butterfly shape out of the tissue paper.
  2. Inflate and tie the balloon.
  3. Rub the balloon on the woolen fabric to create static electricity.
  4. Slowly bring the balloon near the butterfly, and watch it move towards the balloon as if by magic!

These 5 fun science experiments are sure to keep your kids entertained while learning at the same time. The best part is that you don't need any expensive equipment or materials; everything you need is probably already in your kitchen or around your house.

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