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30 Fun Science Games For Kids
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Touch And Feel Game

  • Supplies Needed: Several

We should preface this by saying that the Touch and Feel game should only involve a child touching objects. They should not be forced to, in any way, touch a human being – whether it is an adult or a child. The idea of this science game for kids is that you’ll essentially blindfold a child and hand them an object.

They will guess what the object is based on touching or feeling it. Of course, you’ll need to be aware of any allergies a child may have, which most parents will already know about their own child. However, if you play this with your kid and his or her friends, learn what the allergies are that THOSE kids have too. This is very important!

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LEGOs

  • Supplies Needed: LEGOs

Who could possibly hate LEGOs, right? Well, unless you’re one of the many parents who has stepped on one during the day or night, cursing under your breath. We all know how bad they can be when left out, but LEGOs overall are awesome for both adults and kids alike.

They can be part of great science games for kids, as kids can compete to make the largest structure that can manage to stand. Just like with others on this list, you want to have a prize of some kind for the winner. In the end, they will be learning valuable portions of geometry and partial calculus by doing this. The best part? They won’t even know they’re learning.

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Domino Stacking

  • Supplies Needed: Several Dominos

You have likely seen the clips on YouTube where people set up several dominos only to knock them over and see the results of the effort they put forth. The same premise will be used here, in that you’ll set dominos up just to knock them down. Of course, what you’re teaching here is a form of motion science: reaction.

This is part of Newton’s Third Law, which states that “for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.” Essentially, one domino will hit, and then it’ll hit another. This pattern will continue until ALL dominos are knocked down. Yet without the first domino falling, the others could not do so unless hit separately.

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Planet Knowledge Quiz Show

  • Supplies Needed: Contestant Chairs

While we mention “contestant chairs” in supplies needed, you can use any chairs for this game. The idea is to set up your living room similar to a game show. The kids are the contestants and all of the questions will involve facts about the planets. It will be good to go over all of these questions with your children first, that way you know they were told the right answer.

They’ll then need to remember the right answer in order to be the winner of the game show. Of course, as mentioned before, a reward system is good. If you play in “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” style, money could be what you offer. Obviously, it’ll be much lower. Generally, you can use the concept of any game show to do this and it’ll be fun for the kids.

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Puzzle Games

  • Supplies Needed: Two Or More Puzzles Of The Same Type

Puzzles are fun for us all, especially if you’re a huge fan of putting together the massive versions of 10,000 pieces or more. It is not really smart to use this type for kids. Instead, get the types they’ll have an interest in and have the kids compete to put together their puzzle the fastest.

We recommend getting the exact puzzle so that no one assumes the other is getting an advantage. The reason this ranks as one of the best science games for kids is due to the problem-solving it requires. You’ll need to think critically about this, in order to put it together properly.

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Science Word Search

  • Supplies Needed: White Stock Paper, Pens/Pencils

Word Searches are always fun, especially when they have words you know in them. They are even easier to create for yourself if you’re that type of person. The best way to do this is with white printer paper, but white card stock paper might be best as it’s often just made better.

Next, all you need to do is make a box and put words inside of it that are science-related. Once you do that and make sure to have it as scrambled up as you can, but within the realm of an actual word search, it’s ready to go. Kids will love searching for words while competing to see who can find the most.

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The Memory Game

  • Supplies Needed: None

As we’re sure you’re well aware of by now, the Memory game is both fun and slightly crazy. The reason for this is that memory is a tricky thing. History proves this quite literally. One of the most interesting science games for kids, the idea is to tell a secret to someone in their ear. Then they tell it to the person beside them all the way down a row. The one at the end tells the secret.

Most of the time, they will have a similar story but either new words will be added in or they will have something that’s missing key information. This shows the key to memory issues, especially when things are not written down. When people tell stories to others, they also add their own spin. Now consider how much different real stories can be from the spun version.

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JENGA

  • Supplies Needed: JENGA Blocks

Similar to LEGOs, the idea of JENGA is to help kids understand portions of Geometry. Except when you play with JENGA blocks, you’re aiming to see how long you can get something standing by taking something away. With LEGOs, it’s all about addition.

JENGA will teach kids about structures and how long something can last when you take away from it. In the end, it will not only be a science lesson but also slightly philosophical. This is important to teach your children about too, as philosophy is technically a “social science.”

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Operation

  • Supplies Needed: Operation Game

Growing up as kids, most of us had the Operation game. If you did not, then we’re sorry for your terrible childhood. If you’ve never heard of it before, Operation involved a man that needed you to remove body parts. However, you have to be careful as moving them the wrong way will shock you.

While it is not a real man, nor are the shocks real, the game would vibrate like crazy when you messed up. The key is, clearly, not to mess up in the first place. Obviously, this is one of the most important science games for kids that you could possibly have them see. To most of us, this is an infamous childhood game, so why not share it with your children, right?

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Science Escape Room

  • Supplies Needed: None

Escape Rooms are incredibly fun and have been on the rise in popularity for a few years now. The idea of most escape rooms is that they have a theme to them. Most of the rooms are decked out in things related to that theme. You may even have someone in the room with you to help out or give clues if it is taking too long.

The doors are locked and no one gets out until all three keys are found. However, some have more or less depending on where you go. Imagine this same concept, but with science questions and terms. That could be one of the most fun science games for kids imaginable. Plus, parents could enjoy this too! It’s a win/win in our opinion.

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Bamboo Growing Game

  • Supplies Needed: Bamboo Plant Seeds

While it would be foolish to try and make a game out of growing plants due to how long it can take, things differ when it comes to bamboo. Essentially, bamboo grows incredibly fast. There have been some that grow up to 35 inches in a given day, which is around 1.5 inches every single hour. This is why the bamboo game is a fun science game for kids.

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You could sort of push the idea that your bamboo must reach a specific marker in a given day or week. The bamboo that gets to it first will be the winner. Of course, in spite of how fast bamboo can grow, not all bamboo will grow as quickly every single day. That said, both will still show a major difference from day-to-day. However, the rate will depend on the bamboo itself.

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Body Part Bingo

  • Supplies Needed: White Construction Paper, Pen/Marker, Crayons, Scissors

Body Part Bingo can be a lot of fun and it’s a great way for kids to learn about human anatomy. When you play Bingo the normal way, there will be roughly 25 boxes on each specific Bingo Card. 24 of them are unmarked with one square usually colored black. It is often the box in the middle, but you might see something else depending on the Bingo you’ve played.

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Simply use construction paper (white is best), and draw out the Bingo Cards. Cut them out when finished and either draw the body parts or simply list their name inside each box. Of course, be sure to make all Bingo Cards different. Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of everyone winning. This is the cut-throat world of Bingo, moms, you must have one winner only. Bingo like this can be played in many ways, and it’s always one of the science games for kids that everyone can enjoy.

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The Soda Geyser Challenge

  • Supplies Needed: 2-Liter Soda Bottle, Mentos, Goggles, Video Camera

It is always a crowd favorite to make a mini-explosion happen. Before you freak out, we’re not creating a real explosion at all. Rather, we’re making a relatively safe one. That said though, if you have kids involved in this, you’ll need goggles for each one to have over their eyes. This is mostly to protect their eyes from soda getting in them. In this game, you’re teaching them a little about chemistry.

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Mentos mints happen to interact with most soda. This is due to what the two are made of. As mentos fall to the bottom of coke or other soda, they create carbon dioxide bubbles that continue to build. The rising bubbles then react with the CO2 still dissolved in the soda. This causes even more CO2 to be freed, making more bubbles, thus creating the eruption. The game is simple. Get two 2-liter bottles, put Mentos in both, and see which one goes the highest. Your video camera will help there.

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Reaction Time Challenge

  • Supplies Needed: Everything & Nothing

Our reaction time is something that can consistently improve. It is not based on age, sex/gender, or anything other than our brain. Yet your brain is like a muscle and you need to work it out all the time for it to be strong. As a result, reaction times change as we get older because we begin to grow as people. Athletes have fantastic reaction times due to having to think split second about when to do things. Due to this, kids need to work on their reaction time.

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What better way is there to do this than by making a cool game out of it that even parents will enjoy? To play the game, you need at least two people competing and another person to throw objects at the children. When we say objects, we mean things that won’t hurt them because obviously. You’ll throw something like a stuffed animal and continue to do it faster and faster, testing their reactions. The winner is the one with the most objects at the end.

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Paper Airplane Contest

  • Supplies Needed: Paper & Potentially glue, among other supplies you wish to use

To make a paper plane, you really only need paper. However, some people like to make their paper plane a bit fancy. As a result, you might want to invest in some glue, glitter, buttons, or little stuff that will trick out your specific plane. However, you’ll want to be careful about all you add. In the Paper Airplane Challenge, it’s all about distance.

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This is one of the most fun science games for kids because it’s very simple to do and every kid can enjoy it. The paper planes will need to be put head to head. They will both be thrown at the same time where the winner will be the paper plane that manages to fly the furthest. You can even make it a best out of 3, 5, or however many you’d like.

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Science Hangman

  • Supplies Needed: Paper, Pen/Pencil

Hangman is a game we likely all played at least once or two billion times when we were kids. It’s a simple game to play as well, making it perfect for kids. The goal of the game is to guess what a person has chosen as a word or phrase, a lot like Wheel of Fortune without the “Wheel” part. The way you win is by guessing a letter in the word or phrase. Every time you are wrong, the little hangman gets a body part added. You lose if the hangman becomes fully developed.

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In this version of Hangman though, we’re going to allow you to offer hints or have your child answer questions. If you choose the question lane, you’ll want to make them science-driven where the letter you use will be in the answer. Since that can be complicated, the hint works too. You’d just choose a science word or phrase, and they’d guess the letters connected to it just as they would in the normal game. This will allow you to tell them about important science terms.

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Swinging Water Game

  • Supplies Needed: Water, Bucket w/Handle

Have you ever heard of something called “centripetal force?” If you have not, it’s actually quite a fascinating thing to discuss with people. Simply put, it’s a force that acts on a body moving in a circular path, which is then directed toward the center around where the body is moving. This force allows you to keep things in place, acting on gravitational laws. Of course, centripetal force falls within the world of physics. Technically, all force is influenced in some form by gravity too.

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In this game, you’ll want to have two or more buckets with a handle on them. We’d recommend the smallest ones you can find, such as one a kid might play in a sandbox with. You’ll add water to this and swing around the bucket as fast as possible. The game comes into play to see how long someone can do it. Losing any water ends the game for that person. See, this force we referenced will keep water from falling out of the bucket as long as you keep swinging. That’s why the winner lasts the longest.

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The Catapult Game

  • Supplies Needed: Long Sturdy Boards, Paint Cans or Cans Of Equal Size, Helmets

While your average catapult used in combat or hunting can be dangerous, we do not want you to use those types. Rather, you’ll be creating your own using some sturdy wood. In order to use it, one side has to have something on it while a person jumps on the other end. The force from their jump will send the supplies on the other side flying. The larger the catapult happens to be in this case, the higher/further the object can potentially travel.

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Of course, the amount of force you use will be key. That is where the game comes in. This can be one of the most fun science games for kids because it’s so easy to do and a real blast. You’ll want to put a helmet on your child’s head depending on the supplies you’re using on the other end. The game comes in when you load the same supplies on two catapults. The winner will be the one that sees their supplies go the furthest or highest, depending on what you’re using.

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Science Matching Game

  • Supplies Needed: Various Household Supplies

You all know how the matching games work by now, so you do not need us to tell you too much. However, the basics of this specific version might have a small learning curve but nothing drastic. Essentially, you grab a bunch of supplies from around the home. This can include cleaning supplies, video games, etc. You could also add sticky notes to numerous objects around the home too. It’s up to you here.

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The goal is to have your child form a list of all the supplies and match them based on science. You’ll give them terms such as “things that clean” and so on. From here, they’ll match all your cleaning supplies as well as soap in that section. You might have another for “technology.” They will then match all the technology. You can get more specific each time you play and you can even do so with different things from around the home. This form of matchmaking can be a helpful learning experience.

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The Egg Drop Challenge

  • Supplies Needed: Fresh Eggs, Popsicle Sticks, Paper, Plastic Straws, Glue, Rubber Bands, Cotton Balls

Another fantastic game to play will also have to deal with force. The goal of the game is to create a barrier that can guard an egg against breaking or cracking after it is dropped from a high surface. If you have two children, this can be a great way to test their creative and problem-solving skills. If you do not have another child, you can likely play this game with them or invite one of their friends over to play. What can protect an egg the best? That is truly up to you to decide.

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There are many models that have worked over the years, with the best often involving similar things. The top ones usually have a circular or square barrier, can bounce when dropped, as well as hold up as pretty light on their own. The heavier models tend to not have as much give, which then puts too much force on the landing for the egg, cracking or breaking it. This is why you need the bounce – because the force is reduced on the egg.

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