Exploring with Science

Do your kids love mixing together anything they can get their hands on? Here is a list of simple science experiments that can easily be done at home with your child(ren).

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Did you know your kitchen has cabinets full of cool science waiting for you and your kids? Do your kids love mixing together anything they can get their hands on? Here is a list of simple science experiments that can easily be done at home with your child(ren). The best part is that the materials you will need are items you already have around your house! 

Rainbow Walking Water Experiment

From messylittlemonster.com, this walking water experiment is a cool way to introduce color mixing to your kids! 

All you need is:

* 6 small transparent jars or cups

*Paper towels

*Food coloring

*Water

View the step by step instructions here.

Watch a rainbow of colors form before your eyes! There’s even a free prediction sheet you can print and use for older kids. 

Shaving Cream Rain Clouds

I’ve always wanted to try this experiment with my kiddos! Your kids will be amazed as they watch a rain cloud form before their eyes! It’s also a great way to introduce the water cycle to them. 

All you need is: 

*A Glass or Jar

*Shaving Cream

*Water

*Food Coloring

*Dropper or Straw

View the step by step instructions here

(You’ll have to scroll down to the middle of the page for this one.) 

Celery Science Experiment

Who remembers doing this one as a kid? I mean, how could I not include it in my list? It’s a classic! This one takes a bit longer and the kids won’t see instant results. I’d recommend setting it up before they go to bed so they can see the exciting changes in the morning. 

Discuss with your kids: What happened to the celery? Why did the leaves change color?

All you need is: 

*Celery (the leafy parts show the color the best…you could also use white carnations)

*Jars

*Water

*Food coloring

Step by step instructions can be found here.

Easter Peeps Science Experiment

With Easter coming up soon, I thought this would be a fun experiment to share! What happens when you soak Peeps in different liquids? Like the celery experiment, this one also takes a little patience. You will see results after 1-2 days (however long you choose to leave your Peeps in each solution). 

All you need is: 

*Peeps

*3 clear plastic cups

*Water, vinegar and soda (such as sprite) 

Find the step by step instructions here.

Dancing Frankenworms!

This experiment from playdoughtoplato.com uses vinegar and baking soda to make gummy worms dance! Your kids will be amazed when they see these creatures come to life before their eyes! 

All you need is: 

*Gummy worms

*Baking soda

*Vinegar

*Cutting board

*Sharp knife

*2 clear cups

View the step by step instructions here.

I hope these fun and easy science experiments will spark your child’s curiosity and prompt them to ask many questions! If you would like more ideas, here is a great website that lists 50 different science experiments that can be done at home.  

Happy exploring! 

About the Author

Jen was born and raised in Carrollton, TX. As a former 2nd grade teacher, she is now a stay-at-home mom raising her two beautiful daughters, Madeline (4yo) and Charlotte (1yo). She joined the CECPTA in February 2019 and is part of the purple and green playgroups. She enjoys date nights with her husband of 9 years, playing outside with her kids, exercising, a good cup of coffee, and traveling.

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