Fun science experiments for kids using household items come in handy when you need to keep your little one busy! You can either use these science experiments as a teaching aid for homeschooling, to add both education and fun to the class, or just to have fun with your child.
Instead of wasting time searching for ages to find some fun science experiments, here are some great ideas using household items!
Growing Gummy Bears
Getting your kid to partake in the science experiment will be so much easier if you tell them that gummy bears are involved!
To do this science experiment, you will need a pack of gummy bears, salt, and water. Have a bowl filled with normal water, and another bowl of water saturated with salt. Once the water cannot hold any more salt, leave it to cool in the fridge. The water in the bowls needs to be cool or the gummy bears could melt.
Place a few gummy bears in the saltwater, and a few in the normal water, and save a few as controls. Leave the gummy bears to sit in the water for a few hours, or overnight.
After a few hours, you will find that the gummy bears soaked in plain water have grown substantially, and the saltwater gummies grew slightly. This is a great lesson in osmosis!
Dish Soap Putty
Every child loves to play with slime, but with the dish soap putty experiment, they can make their own slime at home, but one which is not quite liquid and not quite solid.
To do this, you will need some dish soap and some cornstarch. That’s it! Add a cup of cornstarch to a bowl, and slowly add in the dish soap. Mix until it becomes a workable consistency. Let your kids experiment by feeling and playing with the putty. It has an incredible texture and consistency. It is not exactly a liquid, and not exactly a solid either!
This experiment helps to illustrate the different states of matter.
This simple science experiment helps to show how yeast works. If you make your own bread at home, you will more than likely have some yeast in the cupboard. To do this experiment, you just need two jars, two balloons, sugar and some active dry yeast.
Pour warm water into each bottle, filling them about ¾ of the way. Add ½ teaspoon of sugar to each jar, and pour a sachet of active yeast into one bottle. The bottle without the yeast will be the control. Place a balloon over the mouth of each bottle (it is best to use bottles with a narrow opening to avoid battling with the balloon).
After a few minutes, you will see the balloon over the yeast begin to inflate. If your child puts their ear over the growing balloon, they might even hear some bubbles popping.
The balloon over the yeast will continue to grow, and might even pop if you leave it long enough! The other balloon will remain flat. This is a great experiment to show how yeast creates gas.
When it comes to using yeast for bread, carbon dioxide from the yeast gets trapped in the gluten found in the flour. The yeast then dies in the oven and the gluten solidifies, which leaves the bread soft!
You can’t go wrong with these fun science experiments for kids using household items, your kid will love!