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.
Welcome to The After School Party co-hosted by Parent Teach Play, The Educators’ Spin On It, Little 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!
#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!
#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.
#4. Dissect seeds
Learn about the parts of a seed by doing a bean seed dissection and investigation!
#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.
#6. Build your own earthworm habitat
Use recycled materials to create a do-it-yourself habitat for earthworms. Great for starting science observations!
#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!
#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.
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!
#10. Make fossils
There are some great tips for learning about fossils in this post. I especially love the fossil cookies!
#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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