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"Minute" Must-Do Science Experiments That Kids Love

This bench is easy to construct and is portable. It is an excellent spot to enjoy some cool breezes and hear the sounds of nature.

Volunteer

Maybe you can volunteer to conduct these at your child's school or in your homeschool group. You will be very welcome and you will be a hit.

Learning and Having Fun at the Same Time

These little quick science experiences are easy to do which is a huge plus.

They are fun and simple to duplicate.

Kids of all ages find they want to repeat them and want to show others.

Have fun giving these a try.

Easy, Quick, Kid-friendly

To complete these activities you need things that are usually in your home---most of what you need is listed below:

  • paper towels
  • dish washing liquid
  • food coloring
  • q-tips
  • glass plate
  • lemon
  • baking soda
  • plastic or glass jars or cups (same size)
  • sugar
  • vinegar
  • chicken bones
  • mentos
  • diet cola


Paper-toweling acting as a wick

Place one end of paper toweling wick in water, the other drape over the other plastic cup. Be patient.

Place one end of paper toweling wick in water, the other drape over the other plastic cup. Be patient.

Here are two cups 12 hours later.

Here are two cups 12 hours later.

Children of all ages find experiments in science a highlight of their school day whether they are home schooling or whether they are in public or private school. It is an opportunity to be actively involved, hands-on time.

There are many sources that you can check to find experiments. Check into AiMS activities on line. They have many inexpensive stimulating science activities for kids of all ages.

It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. I searched and searched until I found experiments that I thought my grandchild would find captivating and fun. I home schooled him. Try these "10 must do science experiments" at home with your kids, too.

Baggie Xplosion

  • To do this experiment you need:
  • a baggie
  • baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • a tissue or small portion of paper towel

As explained in the video, place the water and vinegar in a baggie. Place 2 tbsp. baking soda in a piece of paper towel or tissue. Fold to make a little pocket. Place in the baggie and quickly zip the baggie. Place in the sink or on the ground if you are outside and watch.

This is so much fun. The vinegar and baking soda work together to make the gas which causes the baggie to 'pop.'

The water moved...

To do this experiment, you need:

  • two clear plastic or glass cups (or more if you want pairs of children in your home school or classroom to do this).
  • two paper towels rolled tightly to make a wick

Fill one cup with water. Leave the other one empty.

Place one end of the wick in the water, Drape the other end over the empty cup. Be patient. This takes a while...about 30 to 45 minutes. I left mine set up overnight and the results did not change.

* Capillary action causes the water to travel along little spaces in the fibers of the paper towel thus moving the water from one cup to the next.

VARIATION: You can make your wick thinner to see if it changes the results. Of course you can also make it much thicker too.


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Colored milk

  • To do this experiment you need:
  • a plate
  • milk
  • dish washing liquid
  • food coloring
  • q-tips


Pour milk into a plate. Place a small drop of four food colorings in the center of the milk. Then place a q-tip with nothing on it in the center of the drops of food coloring. Talk about what happens.

Then place the end of the q tip in dish soap and then place it in the center of the food coloring (do not stir). Watch what happens.

* What causes the food coloring to travel across the milk is that the dish soap does not mix with the milk. As it spreads out it carries the food coloring along with it.

Lemon fizz

To do this experiment, you need:

  • a lemon
  • sugar, if desired
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • water
  • drinking glass

Squeeze your lemon and place in the drinking glass.

Add water and sugar. Add baking soda and stir. It will make a fizzie lemon drink. When you drink you are aware of the 'fizz' but not so much. It is not really very tasty but I imagine you can experiment to further to improve the taste.

Knotty bones

For this experiment, you will need:

  • some left over chicken bones (wash them so you are using only the bone)
  • vinegar


Place the bones in vinegar for 24 hours. Remove from vinegar. At this point you will be able to tie the bones into knots. Set them aside to dry and they will harden again.

Will it overflow?

For this experiment, you will need:

  • ice cubes (enough for each child who is doing the experiment)
  • Cups
  • warm water

Have children predict what will happen when they place the ice cube in a glass of water.

Then have them place the ice cube in the glass. Go back and observe when the ice cube has melted. Talk about what happens.


**The glass will not overflow because when water freezes it contracts thus making it take up less space. When it is placed in the warm water and thaws, it does not take up as much space as anticipated.

Mentos and diet cola

To do this experiment, you need:

  • several bottles of diet cola
  • mentos
  • brave souls to do the experiment

Place mentos in diet cola and you will have Old Faithful right before your eyes.


If you are doing this with young children, explain that the mentos reacts with the soda (like vinegar and baking soda when combined only BETTER).

If you are doing this with older children, have the children research and find out what causes this to happen.

egg floating in sugar water

egg floating in sugar water

egg floating in salt water

egg floating in salt water

plain water...egg rests on the bottom of the cup

plain water...egg rests on the bottom of the cup

Can you make an egg float?

To do this experiment, you need:

  • three eggs, uncooked
  • three jars of water
  • one jar of water, add sugar
  • one jar of water, add salt
  • one jar of water...leave plain

Place an egg in each jar. See if the egg floats in any of the jars.

If not, try adding more sugar or salt to the jars.


Sparkly sugar

To do this experiment, you need:

sugar cubes

  • pliers
  • plate or dish
  • dark dark dark room

Go into a dark room...no light visible. Wait a few minutes until your eyes adjust to the darkness.

Then smush the sugar cubes with the pliers. Watch what happens.

**the blue green light that is emitted is called triboluminescence...that a fun word for a spelling bonus word!!

It is thought by some that smushing the lumps of sugar creates uneven electrical charges. Then when the charges get together, they make the flash of light.

TIPS: Be patient and keep trying. I had never done this so wanted to before I published this article. I went into a room that wasn't as dark as a night with no moon, I saw no sparkles.

Then I went in to a closet and

tried it and was too impatient and saw........n o t h i n g.

So this morning I got up and went into the closet again and I leaned over, very close to the dish as I thought maybe I wasn't close enough. And I saw a tiny light show. This is worth doing!! What fun!!

Here is another list of 10 to view:

10 Real Life Math Activities for Kids plus Math Races




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Comments

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 02, 2021:

This comment was left years ago...I do not know why I did not see it. But thank you for reading it andcommenting.

Thank you for stopping by. I do not know how I have not seen this although I have not been on here much in the last three years. I appreciate you and will try to do better. ps

chr

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 26, 2018:

THAT IS very true....there are enough messes without creating one. Angels on the way this morning bright and early ps

Robert Sacchi on June 24, 2018:

I appreciate your thought but you might not want to do that. There's no sense making a mess.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 24, 2018:

There is actually probably a way to flub it...I have not tried that one for a bit...I will have to see if I can make it NOT work. thank you for stoing....angels are on the way ps

Robert Sacchi on June 20, 2018:

You're welcome. That school project where student make a "volcano". Is there a way to flub the project and make a real mess?

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 20, 2018:

How cool is that. Maybe I can find it to show my friend's grands. Thanks for sharing. Angels once again on the way. ps

Robert Sacchi on June 19, 2018:

Thanks for the angels. Saw a cute experiment at the Udvar-Hazy center last Saturday. They put a marshmallow in a chamber and sucked out the air. The marshmallow expanded. Then they let the air back in and it shrunk much smaller than its original size.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 19, 2018:

Thank you again for stopping....I am retired from a profession I adored but still share these experiments with my friend's grands (who are my 'grands' too). They are especially fun in the summer. Angels are on the way to you ps

Robert Sacchi on June 17, 2018:

These seem like fun experiments. Thank you for posting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 13, 2017:

Kids may have some extra days off from school over the Christmas holidays. These are some good ideas in keeping little ones occupied and happy. In addition they will be learning some science lessons at the same time. Thought that it is worth bringing this to people's attention once more. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 09, 2015:

You are so right, RTalloni. They are fun diversions to do in the summer when the b word may slip out (bored).

thank you for visiting

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 09, 2015:

Yes, I do (have clean drains) :D Baking soda is my friend.

And what fun it is to do these with Little Man and my great nieces and nephews.

Thank you for the shares, Peggy.

Hoping all is good in 'Texas tonight.

Angels are winging their way to you bringing many blessings. ps

RTalloni on April 08, 2015:

It's important to have a stash of these ideas handy for summertime activities to use with kids!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2015:

Science experiments can definitely be fun and hopefully it creates enthusiasm for the kiddos (or adults) to learn more. Nice to have that fizzy water going down your drain in the example of the video at the top. You must have nice clean drains! :)) Up votes and happy to share+.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 08, 2015:

These really are fun. I am (supposed to be ) grown and I think they are fun every time I do them!!! Kids never tire of doing them and sometimes will ask to repeat them even if we have done them several times, Rebecca.

Thanks for visiting

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 08, 2015:

Thanks AuFait for visiting.

It is so much fun to do these even as an adult. My baby grandson thinks we are having a 'science party' when we do these.

My kinders loved them as did the older children.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 07, 2015:

I use to LOVE doing science experiments in school with the kiddies. Thanks for the memories. AWESOME!

C E Clark from North Texas on April 07, 2015:

These ARE great experiments. Home school parents especially, should find these helpful and useful in their science instruction. Voted up and AUI, will share with followers and pinned to my 'Education' board.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 23, 2013:

These are fun and inexpensive two of my favorite words.

I hope you have some young ones that you can do these with. If not, you can bring out the child in YOU as you do them.

Still more Angels headed your way ps

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 23, 2013:

10 "Minute" Must-Do Science Experiments for Kids a wonderfully presented hub and well thought of for kids and the video is so explained to the point. Great ideas and a helpful hub.

Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on April 17, 2012:

I've done a couple of these and they're so much fun - for adults as well as children. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

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