Science experiments can be a fun and educational activity for kids of all ages. American primary schools offer such experiments to their students with allow children to explore and discover the world around them in a hands-on way, while also learning important scientific principles and concepts. In this article, we will share some fun and educational science experiments that kids can try at home or in the classroom.
Simple experiments using everyday items
One of the great things about science experiments is that you often don’t need any special equipment or materials – just everyday items that you can find around the house. Here are a few simple experiments that kids can try using items that you probably already have:
Fill a clear container with water and add a few drops of food coloring. Place a piece of paper towel in the container and observe what happens over the course of a few hours. The water will travel up the paper towel and change the color of the top layer. This is an example of capillary action, which is the movement of a liquid through a narrow space.
Fill a jar or glass with vinegar and place a raw egg inside. The egg will become soft and rubbery within a few days. Once the egg has soaked in the vinegar, take it out and try to bounce it. The egg will bounce because the vinegar has removed the shell, leaving behind a rubber-like substance called a “naked egg.”
Rainbow in a Jar:
Fill a jar with water and add a few drops of food coloring. Place a piece of white paper behind the jar and shine a flashlight through the water. The light will refract (bend) as it passes through the water, creating a rainbow effect on the paper.