As a parent it’s imperative that your child has fun at school and develops a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. The best way to do this is by getting your child involved in science from a young age with the help of a few easy science projects for kids.
Not only will kids love the hands-on experience it offers them, but they will also love how the projects get their creative juices flowing and soon desire to explore more about the world of science! Here are a few such science projects for your kids to do that are simple, but will get them hooked on the beautiful world of science!
- 1. Create Salt Crystals
Crystals exist everywhere. They are in your salt, pencils and even your jewelry. So what can be more exciting to a child than growing their own crystals? There’s not much you need to grow crystals besides water, salt, a little patience and some time!
Make a salt solution by filling a cup with warm water and adding salt to it until the water will not dissolve any more salt. You will know you reached that limit when the salt just drops to the bottom and sits there. Now pour some of this solution on a saucer and let it sit for a while. The salt crystals form as the water evaporates and keep growing as you pour saltwater onto the saucer.
- 2. Grow Sugar Crystals
Another fun Crystal growing technique is to do exactly the same as above, except use sugar. Once you have a super saturated solution of water and sugar (same thing as saying the hot water you used to dissolve the sugar will not dissolve anymore of it and the sugar just sits on the bottom). Now tie a string to a pencil and make the string just long enough to almost reach the bottom of the cup or glass. Set the pencil on the top of the cup and make sure the string hangs down into the sugary liquid. Set it aside and look at it every couple of hours. You will see the sugar crystals begin to form on that string. After a day or two, you should be able to pull the string out and look more closely at the crystal formations. And what’s cool about this project is you can eat that crystal when you’re done!
- 3. Understanding Water Tension
Small insects can walk on water because of water tension, which you can show to your child through experiments using a glass, some water, a paperclip and some pennies. Fill a glass with water and drop the clip into it. Let it drop to the bottom, pull it out and gently lay it on the water. If done correctly, the paperclip floats on top of the water.
The second experiment involves filling the glass with water and then carefully adding a few pennies to the glass, one at a time. The water starts rising over the glass in a dome shape, without spilling out. You can teach your child how a drop of dish soap can disrupt water tension when the water tension ‘breaks’ on adding the dish soap, and water starts spilling over the glass edges.
See! These experiments are not only easy to conduct; they are preformed using everyday things any child can find and use at home!
… Or … Here are some kits you can buy to make crystals as well: