There’s no denying it: kids love science experiments. Whether it’s because they love learning or just love the mess, we’ll probably never know. But it can be hard to come up with new and exciting ideas. That’s why we’ve come up with three great kid-friendly science experiments you can do with your kids at home. Check them out below!
Three of the best kid-friendly science experiments
Make your own quicksand
To make your own quicksand, you’ll need 1 cup of cornflour, ½ cup of water, a plastic bowl and a spoon. To start off with, mix the cornflour and water in the bowl. Stir slowly and allow the “quicksand” to drip off the spoon so the kids can see what it does in liquid form. Now, mix it quickly or poke the liquid at rapid speed to show how hard it forms. You can have a look at the experiment here.
Create invisible ink
This is one of the easiest and quickest kid-friendly science experiments to do with your kids. All you need are a few drops of water, a cup or bowl, a cotton bud, a sheet of white paper, and a light bulb. Squeeze the lemon juice into the cup and then add the water. Mix it well and then dip the cotton bud into the mixture. Go ahead and use the cotton bud to write a message on your sheet of paper. After it dries, it becomes invisible. To show your kids the message, hold the paper close to a light bulb or heat source. Thanks to the lemon juice oxidising, the message turns brown and magically appears on the paper. To learn more about why this happens, follow this link.
Make your own lava lamps
To start this experiment, you need a clear plastic bottle and some vegetable oil. Gather some food colouring and any tablets that fizz, as you’ll need these too. First, fill the bottle with water until it is almost half full. Add oil until the bottle is almost full. When the oil separates from the water, add six drops of food colouring. Next, add the fizzy tablets. Bubbles will start forming and produce a lava effect in the bottle. If you’re not sold on the idea, you can follow this link to see how it works.