Kids of a certain age seem to love science experiments, but it can be difficult to come up with ideas for experiments off the top of your head.
Andrea Scalzo Yi has collected 100 easy setup science experiments you can make with supplies you probably already have in your house in her book Super Simple Science Experiments for Curious Kids.
The book is divided by types of experiments: those involving liquids, solids, gasses, and light, color and sound.
Experiments are rated by simplicity level on a scale of 1 to 3. Materials and instructions are listed, as well as how and why the experiment works and variations you can try.
These projects can be done with parental help even by little kids, but older kids can handle doing some of them on their own.
A random sampling of projects includes:
- fluffy slime
- making a mobius strip
- drinkable density experiment
- wall marble run
- spinning pencil
- potato skewer balance
- DIY fire extinguisher
- wet and dry painting
- make a sunset
- sound you can see
Lots of these experiments are classics but there are some you might not have seen before. This book is a great reference for when kids want to do something but you don’t have anything particular in mind. It also allows you to slip in some science whenever you want. You can talk about what kids think will happen when you try different experiments, and because why they work the way they do is included in the book, you’ll be able to explain it to kids even if you don’t remember your own science classes!
About the book: 192 pages, paperback, 100 projects. Published in July 2022 by Page Street Publishing. Suggested retail $22.99. Buy on Amazon.