Science Activities You Can do at Home
Science-based activities are a wonderful way to introduce young children to the workings of the world around them and to encourage older children to look into why things happen. From hands-on messy demonstrations to thought-provoking experiments with questions for them to seek answers to, the world of science is fun.
- Making a volcano and watching it erupt is one of those ‘wow’ activities and uses chemicals you will have at home already. This activity can be split into two sessions as you will need to build a volcano first. Paper mache is good to sculpt or use this Volcano Making Kit, which has everything you need! Then mix your ingredients and stand back to watch the magic.
- Chromatography for kids is another way to explore chemistry. This experiment demonstrates the mix of colours in marker pens and younger children will enjoy seeing the pretty results and can use the dried sheets for craft later. Older children can make predictions on which colours are in there and even in which order they will separate, can they guess why?
- Many children have played with a parachute at toddler groups or at school but have they ever made one? A great activity for siblings or friends, building a parachute and sending it on a test flight is a mess-free way to take a look at how floating through the air is possible. Set up a challenge, make some predictions and then time their descent to see which parachute design works the best.
- Want to see water walk? This simple experiment demonstrates how water can travel all by itself and using colouring will allow young children to predict what happens when you mix red and yellow.
- Test your child’s sense of smell or taste buds and get them to try some new vegetables in the process by setting up a taste testing experiment. Can younger ones identify some hidden foods when blindfolded? For older ones, ask them to hold their nose – does this affect their tasting ability? Why? Try dotting sugar or salt on various sections of the tongue too – are some areas better for different tastes?
- Planting seeds and growing from scratch is a fabulous way to teach your child about biology and this Thames and Kosmos: Little Labs: Botony Kit has all you need to take a good look at the biology of plants.
However, you explore science with your children, take the time to question why things happen and get those young minds focussed on investigating the world around them. There are many topics to spark their interest so check out these science-based toys and kits for all you need to bring science into your home.
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