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30 Fun and Easy Science Activities to Do With Kids at Home
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6. Make Messages With Invisible Ink

  • Age Recommendation: 10 Years+
  • Supplies Needed: Paper, Water, Lemon Juice, Cotton Bud, Candle, Matches/Lighter

Since this does involve some use of fire, always be sure this is done with adults present! First, mix roughly 1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice with one tablespoon of water. Stir using the cotton bud. You will now use the damp end of the cotton swab to write your hidden message on the piece of paper you have.

Once this is complete, light your candle using matches or a lighter. Now, hold your paper over the candle but make sure it is a safe distance from it. You want the heat to reach it but not be so close that it can burn the paper or you. The lemon juice, due to oxidation, will begin to turn brown and allow you to see the hidden message. It’s the perfect, fun experiment to teach your kids about this sort of stuff and about how oxidizing works!

30 Fun and Easy Science Activities to Do With Kids at Home
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5. Baking Soda Volcano

  • Age Recommendation: 8 Years+
  • Supplies Needed: Plastic Cup(s), Water, Baking Soda, Dish Soap, Washable Paint, Vinegar

With this, you can go over the top and make an entire paper-mache volcano. However, this can work with a volcano made from rocks, dirt, sand, and much more outdoors too. We’re pretty much just going to tell you how to make the actual “explosion” part of the volcano. Be sure to decide on this before making the explosion formula.

Pour water inside a cup around 2/3 of the way full. Then add 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of Dish Soap, and 1/2 to 2 oz of the washable paint to it. Now, mix all this up well and then pour it into the volcano you created. Finally, add 1 cup or 8 oz. of Vinegar in and BOOM!! your explosion will begin. It’s perfectly safe for kids with zero stain risks!!

30 Fun and Easy Science Activities to Do With Kids at Home
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4. Soap Powered Boat

  • Age Recommendation: 6 Years+
  • Supplies Needed: Paper Plate(s), Scissors, Dish Soap, Water, Toothpick(s)

A boat powered by Soap?!? Yes, it’s possible! Well, sort of. Using some scissors, cut out the middle section of a paper plate to get a square. Next, cut two side sections in the same area to get what looks like a mini-house look. After that, go to the bottom and cut a small rectangle in the middle, then what will look like a circle on top of that, which should get you to the middle.

Pour a little dish soap in a small cup or holder of any kind, then pour water into a small tray. This can also work in a bathtub too. Place the boat on the water. Finally, use your toothpick to stick into the dish soap then touch it to the boat at the middle circle you created. It should send the boat flying! This is a form of surface tension.

30 Fun and Easy Science Activities to Do With Kids at Home
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3. Purifying/Filtering Water

  • Age Recommendation: 8 Years+
  • Supplies Needed: Plastic 2 Liter, Cup/Glass, Clean Sand, Charcoal (Activated), Gravel or Small Rocks

Learning how to make water safe to drink can save your life one day. Any water in the wild is likely going to be unsafe to drink barring a few circumstances. Therefore, purifying or filtering it can be crucial. To do this, you’ll need sand, charcoal, and gravel as well as a bottle and cutting device.

First, cut off the bottom of the bottle, turn it upside down with the cap on. Add in an inch of charcoal, then add about 2 inches of gravel or rocks. Next, add 3 to 4 inches of sand and finally finish off with another gravel layer. Leave at least a half-inch of space from the top though. Now, pour your dirty water into this. Open the cap of the bottle while you have it over a glass or water holder. You should now get clean drinking water!

30 Fun and Easy Science Activities to Do With Kids at Home
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2. LEGOs

  • Age Recommendation: 4 Years+
  • Supplies Needed: LEGOs (to fit the age of your child)

LEGOs are a lot like JENGA blocks. They each team something very valuable, structure. See, when you’re working with JENGA blocks, it’s all about removing from a structure to see how long it remains. With LEGOs, it’s all about creating something special. Thus, one of the best ways to do science at home is simply playing with LEGOS.

They will learn small forms of Geometry, which also will, in turn, teach them how to evaluate the things they make. Can it stand? Does it need more to keep it up? Can it move and remain the same in its new place? All of these questions and more can be answered just by playing. Sometimes, creating science at home moments is just that easy.

30 Fun and Easy Science Activities to Do With Kids at Home
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1. Water Into Wine Experiment

  • Age Recommendation: 7 Years+
  • Supplies Needed: Water, Wine(Juice), Plastic Container, Drinking Glasses

First and foremost, the name of this is “water into wine” but don’t think too much into that. You can substitute the wine with juice, of course. To do this, you will first need to fill up one glass with water all the way to the brim. Do the same with your juice glass. Now, get a plastic container and cut out a square from it. This needs to be big enough to fit over the glasses you use.

Next, put this plastic piece over your water glass and turn it over, placing the water glass on top of the juice glass with this plastic piece in the middle. Now, slowly make an opening between the two by pulling the plastic piece out a small bit. Some of the juice/wine will go up while the water goes down. After about 10 minutes, the two will have officially switched places!

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