Simple Science Projects for Kids

We love doing science projects at our house. Many of them are easy activities that are lots of fun for kids, and where learning is definitely a byproduct even if not the direct focus. There were several simple science projects for kids shared on the After School linky last week, so I am featuring them this week, along with a few from our own archives! You can do these science activities entirely for fun, or make them into real science investigations.

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Welcome to The After School Party co-hosted by Parent Teach PlayThe Educators’ Spin On ItLittle Wonder Days, and This Reading Mama. Be sure to check out our After School Pinterest board for lots of great activities for kids ages 5+.

11 Simple Science Projects for Kids

#1. Make a tornado in a bottle

This is the EASIEST do it yourself science lesson you will ever do. I posted this a year ago today and my kids still shake up a tornado at least a few times a week!

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#2. Play with light

Use prisms to create a rainbow mobile! In addition to being a really pretty and interactive art project, this rainbow mobile can teach kids all about the light spectrum!

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#3. Create a coconut volcano

Make lava flows in a prehistoric pretend world using a coconut shell for the volcano. My kids would seriously make coconut volcano eruptions all day if I’d keep bringing them supplies.

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#4. Dissect seeds

Learn about the parts of a seed by doing a bean seed dissection and investigation!

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#5. Plan a fizzing good tea party

Set up a pretend tea party of the bubbling and fizzing variety for kids to explore chemical reactions and color mixing.

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#6. Build your own earthworm habitat

Use recycled materials to create a do-it-yourself habitat for earthworms. Great for starting science observations!

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#7. Make and test homemade bubble solutions

One of our favorite science investigations is playing with homemade bubble solutions. We made up several different recipes and then test them to see which work best!

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#8. Create your own paper

Did you know you can make your own paper by recycling other paper? Try this science project to be amazed! Also a great project for Earth Day.

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#9. Grow an avocado plant from a seed

The next time you’re making guacamole, save the avocado seeds, and follow these directions to grow your own avocado plant. Apparently it’s a somewhat difficult thing to do — our first one failed — but it can be done, so keep trying!

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#10. Make fossils

There are some great tips for learning about fossils in this post. I especially love the fossil cookies!

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#11. Craft your own experiment

Present a problem to the kids and have them create an experiment. We recently did a child-led egg drop science experiment that the kids talked about for a week! This is a great way to introduce the scientific process is a laid back way.

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Last week we had 39 great After School activities linked up!  Be sure to link up YOUR after school activities for kids ages 5 and up for your chance to be featured on next week’s After School Party!!

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  • What a fabulous collection! My kids will love to try them all. Thank you!

  • Hello,
    I love this! I found this post on Pinterest and I love the science ideas you came up with. I would like to invite you to link this post up to my Money Saving Monday Link Up.

  • Chelsey says:

    Thank you so much for sharing our bean dissection!

  • What a fantastic roundup! My sidekick is now clamoring to go to the store for a coconut so we can make that volcano!

  • Thanks for featuring our prism mobile! We love our rainbow time everyday!

  • Frances says:

    What a lovely surprise to see our recycled art paper being featured!!! Thank you so much!

  • iGameMom says:

    Great list of activities. Thanks for putting them together.

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  • mopo says:

    Great experiments! Cool presentation of a knowledge is priceless… Science can truly be fun and kids love that…
    I wrote about why emotions attached to learning are key for higher retention of the material…feel free to get more details and some experiments for kids

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