When your school laboratory is the same kitchen you prepare your family’s dinners in every evening, the word “experiment” can be a little unsettling. Visions of fires, explosions, and poisonous gases may dance in your head. Still, we know that science is at its best when it jumps off the pages of the textbook and allows students to experience it firsthand. Here’s a few things to think of when planning at-home science experiments:

1. You don’t have to break the bank.

There are a lot of great companies out there that you can order materials from for your science projects, but a lot of times (especially before the high school years) you simply don’t have to. There are plenty of fun and highly educational experiments out there that utilize materials that you can buy inexpensively during a trip to Wal-Mart. Better yet, many of them use materials that you probably already have around the house.

2. It doesn’t have to be messy, but a lot of times, it’s going to be.

If you are a neat freak about your kitchen, some of these experiments will likely leave your countertops spotless. A lot of them won’t, but watching your kids’ reaction as they get excited about learning will make it worth it, even if there is a clean-up process after the fact. These years are going to fly by, so let go a little and let your children be amazed.

3. You won’t have to have the fire department on standby.

Most experiments you find that are designed to be done at home are going to be easy to execute safely. Still, use precautions. If the directions call for safety goggles or gloves, wear them. If the recipe explicitly states “Make sure not to mix Substance X with Substance Y,” keep those chemicals a safe distance from each other (even if you’re wearing safety goggles).

4. Pinterest is amazing.

I’m sure we can all agree on this. For those of us who can’t always think outside the box, we can be thankful for some amazing, blogging mamas out there who do. Search “homeschool science experiments,” and your boards will soon have more pins then you could possibly hope to tackle in 12 years of schooling.

 

So what does your science lesson look like this week? Here are some of my favorite tutorials I found while exploring ideas on Pinterest!

 

 

Rainbow in a glass

Super easy:

– Naked Egg

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/19496/egg-experiment-3

– Surface tension of liquids

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2013/04/24/surface-tension-of-liquids-easy-science-experiment-kids/

-Why do I need sunscreen?

http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/06/why-do-we-need-sunscreen-experiment/

-How plants absorb water

http://pagingfunmums.com/2013/07/09/fun-science-experiment-learning-how-plants-absorb-water/

-Rainbow in a glass

http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistrydemonstrations/ht/rainbowinaglass.htm

-Freezer Bubbles

http://homeschoolgameschool.com/2013/09/04/freezer-bubbles-an-easy-science-experiment/

Slightly more involved:


Homemade Lava Lamp

– Make crystal geodes

http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com/2013/03/how-to-grow-your-own-crystal-geodes-cool-science-experiment-for-kids/

-Dry ice bubbles

http://notjustcute.com/2014/01/30/playful-science-smoky-dry-ice-bubbles/

– Biome in a bottle

http://www.sciencenc.com/event-help/eventphotos/BottleBiome_picture_page.php

– Lemon Battery

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/28028/lemon-battery

– Water Rocket

http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/07/water-rocket.html

– Homemade Lava Lamp

http://homechemistry.blogspot.ca/2011/05/homemade-lava-lamp-new-and-improved.html

 

If you try any of these ideas, PLEASE comment and tell us about it! Also, share some of your favorite experiments that you have tried in the past!