Simple Science Experiments For 5th Graders – Do your kids attend science fairs or have science projects to do at school or at home? Need some inspiration to create an awesome science project? I’ve rounded up some awesome science project ideas for kids to get you started!
Kids of all ages, from preschoolers to high schoolers, can explore, experiment, and create cool science projects just for fun or to learn about chemistry, biology, physics, plants, ecology, and more.
Simple Science Experiments For 5th Graders
If you really can’t come up with an idea, try coming up with a science question you can answer and start from there!
Easy Science Experiments For Kids To Do At Home (using Materials You Already Have!)
Find out why cavities form and why they come in different sizes with this simple project where you use different sized balls of flour and hot chocolate powder.
Try one of these awesome space experiments, perfect for an afternoon of space fun, complete with free printables so you can gather your resources and go!
Learn how filters work by purifying dirty water. You can use a kitchen towel, coffee filter or sand and stones for this.
Make a red cabbage indicator and test the ingredients to see if they are acids or bases. You can even make your own red cabbage filter paper!
Cool Science Experiments For Kids
Make egg geodes like TinkerLab. We haven’t tried them yet, but they are on my bucket list for Easter this year.
How about experimenting with good old Coke and Mento? Be sure to put the Mento in the Coke as quickly as possible for a bigger blast. Lately we’ve tried lemonade and fruit mentos and that didn’t work, so I stick with the mint version and good old Coke!
Find out why eggshells are strong and learn about domes in this fun bridge building and testing game.
Test the viscosity of different materials in our giant viscosity run. In my new book Snackable Science, we test the viscosity of different ketchups to add some context.
Awesome Rainbow Science Experiments For Kids
Investigate why plants need water, where they get their energy, so the grower learns how to sprout beans in a jar.
Can you build a LEGO car powered by a balloon? It’s a bit tricky but totally worth the effort!
This Art Bot is a great electronics project for kids. We really enjoyed creating our illuminated street!
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Student Experiments Presented At Science Fair
These activities should be performed by children working with parents, guardians or other appropriate adults. Adults are solely responsible for the safe conduct of classes. Here’s a collection of cool science experiments that kids will love! I chose experiments that used simple materials and taught important basic science concepts.
Use these science experiments in your classroom or at home. Or use them to create a fun science camp or science week!
I know from experience that one obstacle to doing science experiments with kids is that they don’t always turn out the way they should. This can be a challenge, especially if you have a child who doesn’t have the patience to ask why it didn’t work!
All of our experiments are tried and tested and rest assured that I won’t share things that we find disappointing. But I want to say that there is no problem if the experiment does not go perfectly the first time. I mean, sometimes it takes a little trial and error to figure out exactly how an experiment works, and that’s normal.
Soap Experiments For Kids
And children learn a lot in the process of figuring out what went wrong. For example, yesterday we worked on some experiments with static electricity that we want to share with you. We couldn’t figure out what the balloons were supposed to do (push back) but I realized my son was letting the balloons touch each other. When the balloons touched, the charges between the balloons were equal and there was no more repulsion! My son learned that when objects touch, they transfer their electrical charge.
Another time, when trying to burn steel wool with a battery, we found that the thickness of the steel wool is important. In fact, it is very important. Once we have the correct pointer it works perfectly!
Anyway, a reminder that learning is sometimes messy, but it’s always a learning experience. And now … to the experiments!
Make some hot ice with baking soda and vinegar. This ice isn’t really ice at all…it’s a chemical solution that crystallizes as soon as it’s poured! So cold, I mean hot. It is really hot to the touch due to the heat given off during crystallization!
Outdoor Science Experiments For Kids
Test acids and bases by making your own red cabbage pH indicator. It’s really cool! Impressive results, easy and reliable.
This sand volcano is a fun twist on the classic baking soda and vinegar volcano! It’s much easier than papier-mâché, and kids can blow up volcanoes over and over again.
Make coins shine again with vinegar and salt! It’s surprising how bright and clean they become. Find your dirty coins and try this experiment!
If you haven’t tried blowing up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar, you really should! It’s fun for preschoolers.
Easy Science Experiments For Kids
Burn the steel wool with the battery. This project requires adult help and supervision, but it’s a lot of fun! Put the whole thing in a baking tin to make it super easy.
Show that air takes up space – It’s easy for children to think that air is “nothing”, but air is matter because it takes up space and has mass. Prove it with this fun show!
Here are two science experiments with density – the one with the ping-pong ball in the corn is really cool! It’s just great fun.
Bouncy Ball Science – Children investigate whether the temperature of a ball affects the height of its bounce. It is very easy to do and gives clear results. In other words, it’s a better, less frustrating science experiment!
Awesome And Easy Chemistry Experiments For Kids
Don’t melt the ice! Children design a device that prevents the ice from melting for a long time.
Build a Wind Turbine – Use cardboard coffee cans and other simple materials to build a turbine that spins in the wind.
Show the effect of friction on the speed of a rolling ball with this springform pan friction experiment.
Energy Transfer Experiment – Use a grooved ruler and some balls to demonstrate how energy is transferred from one object to another. This is another simple experiment with impressive results that will probably surprise the kids.
Easy Science Experiments For Preschoolers
Use toy pets to demonstrate how snowshoes work. Kids will really see snowshoes (or big paws) spread the weight and keep someone from sinking into the snow.
Build working gears – out of popsicle sticks and plastic lids! And a cardboard box. This fun mechanical design uses all recycled materials!
Use LEGO bricks to build some pulleys. Children really enjoy the mechanical advantage that pulleys provide. So cold!
Raise water with your own Archimedean screw. It requires some supplies from the hardware store (PVC pipe and plastic pipe), but it’s pretty cool. Kids are really impressed because seeing it, it’s hard to imagine it working. But it works really well!
Candy Science Fair Projects For Kids
Explore speed, mass, momentum and air resistance with these Hot Wheels car science experiments. Printable recording sheets are available for both experiments.
Make Magnetic Slime – This experiment combines chemistry (creating slimes) and magnetism! Under the influence of a strong magnet, the mucus really comes out.
Static electricity experiments with balloons – Two experiments are a lot of fun. Build an electroscope with materials around the house and use balloons to demonstrate the attractive and repulsive forces created by static electricity.
Use copper wire, batteries and a neodymium magnet to build a simple electric motor. It’s fun to watch your engine spin.
Kids Science Experiments Using Water
Use cornstarch and water to make jumping goop! It’s a derivative design with static electricity that kids really enjoy.
Make an Electromagnet – This is one of our favorite activities. This post is from 2012, but I still have this exact gear and we pull it out every now and then! My third son used this as a presentation for his collaboration class this year. Over 100 Easy Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home (Use Things You Already Have!) Mary Lee » Kids
Looking for fun science experiments to do at home with your kids? We’ve rounded up the ultimate list of cool science experiments for kids – most of which you can make with things you already have!
Children are naturally curious about the world