Science can be fun for kids, seriously. We know, because, it already it. Science is a way of thinking about the world around us. Following the steps of a fun experiment gives us answers about nature. And, what are kids great at if not asking questions?
Have you ever had a kid ask too many questions? It’s the age-old comedy act: the child asks “why?” – You try to answer. The kid asks “why?” – You try to answer. And so on and so forth. The problem is that, with every “why,” the subsequent answers becomes more and more complicated.
Curiosity is one of the most fundamental qualities of humans. The less we know, the more we want to know. And that’s exactly what happens with children. They are at the age where almost everything on Earth is a mystery to them. And like true detectives, they want to unravel this mystery.
One of the miracles of the modern age is technology. It is one of the main means through which one can make science more interesting for kids. If you want to learn more about the benefits of technology in the classroom, you can read our article here. But now, we’re going to talk more about science experiments for kids, science projects for kids, and a few other fun things.
Super Cool Science Experiments for Kids
There are a lot of unbelievably cool experiments available out there. So let’s get right to it.
Make a non-Newtonian fluid and show how awesome it is.
This is an incredible experiment, and what’s more: it’s also straightforward to recreate! Your explorer into science will be blown away. Get some cornstarch and a little bit of water. Fill a bowl with ten parts cornstarch, and then slowly add one part water. While you’re doing this, get your kid to mix it in thoroughly. You will get a non-Newtonian liquid, remarkably similar to quicksand. While you are explaining to him what it is, demonstrate just how impressive its properties are. Get a speaker system and put some of it right on the membrane of one of them.
Science for kids does not have to be complicated.
Your children is sure to be amazed at the physical properties of something that defies physics. Another experiment sure to brighten their day would be one about surface tension. Spread a whole lot of pepper into a bowl of water and then touch it with a finger dipped in soap. This will break the tension of the water’s surface, sending the molecules of pepper flying to the edge of the bowl.
Another cool experiment: sucking an egg into a bottle.
To do this, be sure you are in a safe environment, get a big bottle so that the egg can fit, and be ready to mesmerize your kid. Throw a piece of burning paper into the bottle, wait for the smoke to reach its mouth, and then quickly put the egg on top. The narrow side should point down, and the egg must be hardboiled. A vacuum effect results and the egg will suck right in!
Remember, science for kids does not have to be boring! You can make it fun! The more interested the child becomes, the more likely it is that he will start studying the discipline passionately, and who knows, maybe one day he will be a physicist himself! Or a biologist, paleontologist, archaeologist, or even a rocket scientist!
How to Make Interesting Science for Kids
Entice the curiosity of the little ones’ minds. There are countless science projects for kids out there on the internet! Go look at some and try to recreate them! Make them interested by sending them science articles for kids, or science news for kids: there are a few links to these down below. Search for science fair projects for kids and try to help them do it, but never do it for them.
Whatever you choose to do, remember a few things that are mandatory for your little scientist to remain interested:
Make everything shiny, bubbly, fizzy, or explode.
No matter how noble the cause, the kid is sure to get bored if the things that you’re trying to create are not at all appealing. Shiny things always catch the eye. Bubbly things are just plain weird. Kids are bound to be drawn in by them. Fizzy things are exciting. And as for explosions, well… they’re a bit too exciting.
If what you’re doing is not exciting enough, make it!
Use baking soda and vinegar to create a volcano on the side, while your main experiment is in standby. Have a few chemicals at the ready and make a few whizz-bang experiments. Or if you’re less resourceful or imaginative, just bribe the kid’s interest by buying a few fizzy drinks for your break. You know, in the name of science. Unhealthy as they may be, they could motivate the next big breakthrough in subatomic physics, who knows?
Kids love to understand how things work.
Get the remote controlled car he has lying around from two Christmases ago and tear it apart. Or let the kid do it. It’s immensely satisfactory for him or her to see the inner workings of such a fascinating device. As he’s doing this, keep track of every step taken, and after it’s completely decomposed, try to make it work again. This will be inspiring for the child. Maybe he will turn into an engineer himself.
If your child is attracted to natural sciences, there are alternatives.
Get a fish tank. Let him create a colony of little fishes. Plant exotic flowers inside control environments, and look at how they grow. And you can also add a few ladybug or butterfly larvae. Or in the backyard pond, add tadpoles and observe them.
Make your kid keep a journal.
If he’s old enough to know how to write, make him keep a log of everything that happens in the experiments. Give him a model and make him put in a new log entry daily. These logs could show you which of the experiments has interested him the most, and then you can do further experiments like that one.
As promised, some useful links:
- More Science Experiments: here, here, and here
- Science News for Kids:
- National Geographic Kids: here
- SciShowKids: here (for the little ones)
- SciShow: here (for middle and high-school, and even for you)
- SciShowSpace: here (for the space enthusiasts)