Science is really cool. There are so many amazing things in this world of ours. So many things that just make me stop and say, “whoa” … or “wow” … or “What the …!!” (depending, of course, on my company)
Children, as we know, are naturally curious. They naturally want to learn all about the world around them. This is part of the reason I adore doing Science with young children. Hearing the “whoas” and the “wows” (but not the “what thes…” thankfully) from my little ones is just awesome.
Here are simple science experiments that will do just that. A list of 43 Science Experiments that will BLOW your kid’s mind.
Ready? Let’s get right to them …
Super Cool Walking Water Experiment – A simple and beautiful look into absorption and color mixing. What a fun way to capture children’s natural curiosity.
Why Do Leaves Change Color? – This experiment answers a question that most kids ask during the fall! What a super cool, but super simple way for them to experiment and get the answer themselves.
How are Stalactites Formed? – Help children answer this question with a simple, hands-on science experiment! Kids will learn about saturation and mineral deposits along the way.
Dancing Oobleck from Housing a Forest – This delightfully messy experiment explores how oobleck interacts with sound waves. There is even a video of the oobleck “dancing” and moving all around!
How Many Balloons Can Lift a Bag? from Mess for Less – Grab some helium-filled balloons to answer this question. Perfect for a birthday party or any day!
Simple Earthquake Science from The Chaos and The Clutter – If your house is like mine, you have Lego bricks and building blocks accessible. This experiment turns those materials into an exploration of tectonic plates in a super easy and fun way.
Why are There Craters on the Moon from I Can Teach My Child – A super hands-on way to determine why the moon has craters. So easy to set up, but packed with meaningful information to answer kids’ questions.
Making Ice Grow from Teach Preschool – Whoa, this experiment is seriously cool (cool, teehee). Children can create their own mini ice towers.
DIY Crystal Landscapes from Babble Dabble Doo – Create gorgeous, delicate crystals using a few household ingredients. This experiment touches on the concepts of crystallization and evaporation, and it is just a cool process to watch!
Fun Flower Science Experiment from Happily Ever Mom – Let the kids pick some flowers, then bring out the hammers to explore the concept of pigments.
Easy “Quicksand” Density Experiments from LalyMom – Have you ever wondered what would happen to Hexbugs in quicksand? A rather funny premise to an experiment, with really interesting results!
Scented Rainbow Science from Fun-A-Day – Grab a few ingredients from the kitchen to set up this colorful, and deliciously-scented, science experiment. The kids will “ooooh!” and “aaaah!” as they jump right into testing chemical reactions.
Tornado in a Jar from Coffee Cups and Crayons – Show the kids how to wield the forces of nature in a pickle jar! I love how simple this experiment is, and how captivating it is to children.
Chewing Gum Science from Meet Penny – What kid wouldn’t want to grab some gum for a science experiment?
Ice Cube Experiment from Mess for Less – Can you pick up an ice cube with a piece of thread? Super simple kitchen science that is sure to wow.
Physics for Kids: Water, Mirrors, and Reflections from My Nearest and Dearest – Encourage kids to find out how moving water distorts images.
Rainbow in a Jar from Playdough to Plato – Make your own rainbow in a jar while delving into the topic of density. Kids will love seeing their science experiment turn into such a beautiful result.
Expanding Ivory Soap from Happy Hooligans – Explore what happens when you place Ivory soap in the microwave! This experiment always leads to wide-eyed, excited children, and they’re learning about how air molecules expand in heat.
Magic Milk Science Experiment from Laughing Kids Learn – Make colors dance and move in milk during this fun experiment!
Coloring Wild Carrot from Fireflies and Mud Pies – Test out evaporation and capillary action while creating beautifully colored plants.
Balloon Experiments with Candy from Learn~Play~Imagine – Mix candies with soda to blow up balloons! Which candy will create the biggest reaction?
Exploding Baggies from Inspiration Laboratories – A few simple ingredients and kids can make these exploding baggies! Add some paint and they can create art at the same time.
Experiments with Air Drag and Streamlined Shapes from Sugar Aunts – Test out air drag using toy cars, a blow dryer, and paper!
Melting Ice Science Experiment with Salt and Color from The Artful Parent – Experiment with how salt melts ice, then watch as the colorful liquid highlights the process even more. Beautiful mix of art and science!
Underwater Sound Experiment for Kids from Still Playing School – Little ones learn how sounds change underwater with this simple but engaging experiment.
Visual Science Experiment for Kids – Fire Needs Oxygen from Mama Smiles – In addition to being an easy, engaging experiment, it also touches on fire safety.
Make a Lava Lamp Science Experiment from Hands-On: As We Grow – The kids are sure to love this colorful, bubbling chemical reaction! We just did this one today at a friend’s birthday party and boy was it a hit!
Pepper Science for Kids from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails – The materials for this experiment are found right in the kitchen! Explore surface tension using pepper and dish soap.
Hopping Corn Science from One Time Through – Make corn “hop” using a simple chemical reaction. Kids will love measuring, pouring, and observing!
Rainbow Paper from Science Kiddo – Explore color theory while making some seriously cool art! Just a few ingredients are needed for this project, which is even better.
Easy Friction Experiment from Carrots Are Orange – Can a jar of rice be picked up using just a chopstick? Children explore the concept of friction as they answer that question!
Rainbow Science for Kids: Exploring Prisms from Buggy and Buddy – Grab some prisms and set about learning about light refraction.
Homemade Invisible Ink from Fun-A-Day – Test different liquids and see which work best as invisible ink. A simple experiment that uses household items and pulls the kids into scientific thinking.
Make an Egg Bounce from Science Sparks – Children know that an egg cracks when it’s dropped, but do they know how to make an egg bounce? They can find out in this kitchen science experiment.
Apple Science Experiment from Pre-K Pages – What happens to apples when they come into contact with different liquids? Let kids discover the answer using items on-hand in the house.
Pine Cone Experiment for Kids from Lemon Lime Adventures – Experiment with how pine cones open and close! What a fun way to find out more about nature.
Elephant Toothpaste from Fun at Home with Kids – A foamy exothermic reaction that is sure to impress the kids!
Salt Water Density Science Experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands – Children try to make items that had previously sunk in water float using a simple ingredient from the kitchen.
Make a Sun Print Shirt from KCEdventures – Test the effect of the sun while create wearable art.
Blubber Experiment from Gift of Curiosity – Kids can experiment with how arctic animals stay warm in the winter!
Dry Ice Bubbles from Not Just Cute – This amazing experiment lets children explore dry ice to make bubbles. They can try the bubbles on different surfaces to see what keeps them stable and what makes them pop.
Ice Cream in a Bag from I Can Teach My Child – The kids will love this science experiment that ends in a tasty treat.
Colored Ants from Life With Moore Babies – This is definitely an amazing experiment to share with the kids! Use food coloring in sugar water, then test to see if ants’ stomachs show the coloring!
There you have it! 43 “Wow’s” or “Whoa’s” to engage and inspire those little curious minds (and the bigger minds too!)
Science is SO cool.
I want to thank my friend Mary Catherine, of Fun-a-Day, for helping me compile this awesome list of science experiments. She is going to be helping me gather resources to share with you. Be sure to check out her site if you are a preschool teacher – it is packed FULL of awesomeness. You can also follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.
Thank you so much for joining me here friends, hope you are having a lovely week.