Three simple science experiments which are great, easy to do and you can start right now! Use a roll of cotton to make clouds, make a flower picture and show how surface tension works with the magic of milk.
Let's start by with some simple flower science and then demonstrate surface tension with the magic of milk.
This is a simple but lovely idea from Monica - thank you!
Here's why I like this experiment so much:
This is one of those simple science experiments where all the stuff you need for should be in your kitchen cupboard.
Any brand of dish soap (washing up liquid in the UK) will do.
You may need to supervise the bit when your kids add the food colors as they can go a bit wild and muddy brown is not everyone's favorite color.
This simple science experiment is one of many kids science ideas you'll find here.
If you're interested in the homeschool science behind the experiment, you'll be pleased to know you've just used simple science to demonstrate the basic reason why pond skaters walk on water!
The molecules in the milk are attracted to each other and that bond makes an invisible 'skin' on top of the milk. That's the surface tension effect.
By adding dish soap you weaken the surface tension and the molecules move apart. That's how come this simple experiment shows your kids pretty colors as the food dyes mix together to make beautiful sunsets.
Here is a a free printable sheet of this homeschool experiment.
This is a simple weather science idea thanks to Ana's family.
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There is a sample inside Anne Rockwell's book to show you how to create the different clouds, but a bit of googling will soon show you the basic shapes.
Thanks Ana, lovely idea for a simple science experiment.
I learned a lot about home school science teaching, and the main thing I realized is that learning science is all about encouraging your child's natural curiosity and wonder in the world.
It's that sense of wonder and excitement which is the basis for getting your kids interested in science.
It's also the basis for our home school science lessons.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Find out all about the life cycle of a butterfly here.
Growing sugar crystals can be surprisingly tricky; avoid the pitfalls here.
Come and dig up a dinosaur here.
Go to the link to kids experiments to get a free e-book of ten simple science experiments that won't let you down!