Science Experiments To Do At Home

Fun DIY Science Experiments To Do At Home!

We’ve all got some extra time on our hands right now. That’s why we put together a list of some exciting experiments you can do at home! These experiments are simple and use common household objects so they’re easy to do! Plus, they’re a great way to teach your kids about how fun science can be!

 
 

Create a Movable Drawing with a Homemade Dry Erase Board

Materials:

  • A glass bowl
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Use a dry erase marker to draw a simple drawing inside of the glass bowl close to the edge. This will work best if all the lines connect – try a stick figure!
  2. Give your drawing a few seconds to dry.
  3. Tilt the bowl slightly such that you will be able to pour the water in the bowl without having the water touch your drawing.
  4. Pour the water into your bowl until the water level is slightly below your drawing.
  5. Slowly level out the bowl so that the water goes under the drawing. This should lift the drawing from the bowl.
  6. Great Job! Now it’s time to play with your drawing!

The Science Behind the Magic!

  • The marker leaves behind mixture of pigments and a type of alcohol mixed together. The alcohol dissolves and the pigments are left behind as a solid. Glass is so smooth that the solid slides right off when it gets wet!

Create an Exploding Volcano!

Materials:

  • 10 ml of dish soap
  • 100 ml of cold water
  • 400 ml of white vinegar
  • Food Colouring of Choice (this will be the “lava” color)
  • Baking Soda Slurry (fill a cup about 1/2 with baking soda, then fill the rest of the way with water.
  • Empty 2 litre soda bottle

Instructions:
Note: It is recommended to do this experiment outside as it can create quite a mess.

  1. Combine the vinegar, water, dish soap and 2 drops of food colouring into the empty soda bottle.
  2. Use a spoon to mix the baking soda slurry until it is all a liquid.
  3. Pour the baking soda slurry into the soda bottle quickly and step back! This should cause an enormous volcanic eruption!

The Science Behind the Magic!

  • A chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda creates a gas called carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the same type of gas used to make the carbonation in sodas. What happens if you shake up a soda? The gas gets very excited and tries to spread out. There is not enough room in the bottle for the gas to spread out so it leaves through the opening very quickly, causing an eruption!

Create a Bite-Size Biome!

Materials:

  • Big glass/plasitc container to hold biome/terrarium
  • 1 cup of pebbles
  • 1-2 cups of potting soil
  • Moss
  • 3-4 small plants
  • Water

Instructions (video below):

Create Homemade Play Dough!

Materials:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of salt
  • 6 tspn cream of tartar
  • 3 tbsp of oil
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions:
Note: Please ask an adult for help with this experiment!

  1. Dissolve salt in the water.
  2. Pour all ingredients into a large pot.
  3. Stir constantly over a medium heat until a ball forms by pulling away from the sides.
  4. Knead the dough mixture until the texture matches playdough (1-2 minutes)
  5. Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.
  6. Tip: You can even try adding a package of Kool Aid to give the play dough colour and a nice scent!

The Science Behind the Magic!

  • Salt and flour combined together produce a ‘mixture’ – they are physically combined but no reaction has taken place. When the water and food colouring mix completely they form a solution. When all the ingredients are heaped in together and kneaded, a new substance is formed because chemical reactions have taken place.