In the immortal words of Bill Nye the Science Guy, “Science rules!”
Children love learning about science, and what better way to do that than with some DIY science experiments that you can do at home? These simple experiments shed some light into the laws that govern the natural world while entertaining your child with some cool and sometimes surprising outcomes.
Get your child excited about science with these DIY science experiments!
The Power of Sunscreen
It’s the perfect experiment for the summer season! To do this easy science experiment, get a black piece of construction paper and some sunscreen. Put some sunscreen on the piece of paper but do not cover the whole page. Place the paper out in the sun and leave it there all day.
When you return to the paper, you will notice that the part with the sunscreen on retains most of its color, whereas the part not covered in sunscreen will have faded.
What does this show? The sun’s radiation damages anything that is exposed to it. Sunscreen protects whatever it is put on. Putting it on the piece of paper shows just how effective sunscreen is at blocking those harmful rays!
For this experiment, you will need a few different color food dyes, three glasses, water, and celery. Cut the celery but leave one leafy end. Meanwhile, fill up three glasses with water and add different color food dye in each. Stick the celery in the glasses with the leafy side above the water.
You will notice that over time the food coloring will move its way up the celery and eventually dye the leaves at the top. This is a great way to show children how plants use water. However, if your child is allergic to food dyes, consider skipping this experiment!
One of the classic science experiment, this fun project is easy to make and dazzles children again and again. Take two 2-liter soda bottles, a bit of duct tape, and some water (food dye is optional). You want the soda bottles to be clear so you can see inside of it.
Fill one bottle up with water and add dye if desired. Turn the other bottle upside down so that the opening lines up with the opening of the bottle with water in it. Duct tape the bottles together until the seal is tight.
To perform the experiment and make your own twister, turn the bottle upside down so that the bottle with water is on top and start rotating the bottle in a circular motion. A tornado will form inside the bottle as the liquid drains into the other bottle.