Do you know how to make an egg bounce? Or how plants drink? Or how to make your own butter? We have teamed up with Discover Primary Science to bring you some simple science experiments for kids to try at home that will get them excited about science and wow their friends!
How to Make Your Own Butter
I remember as a child my grandmother making her own butter. She had a butter churn and we used to take turns helping to turn the handle. But head over to Discover Primary Science to see how you can make your own butter at home using a jar, cream and strong arms! This fun science experiment can be done by kids of all ages and only takes about 20 minutes to complete.
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How Plants Drink
Did you ever wonder how plants drink? They don’t have a mouth but to stay alive they need to drink water, so how do they do it? Discover the secret of How Plants Drink using celery or a flower with white petals, water and some food colouring. This is a fun science experiment for kids to do at home.
How to Make an Egg Bounce
This is a really fun science experiment for kids to do at home or at school. It takes 48 hours so you will have to have patience, but the wait is worth it!
You will need
- 1 egg (in shell but uncooked)
- A glass or cup (that the eggs fits in)
- Vinegar (regular clear or malt vinegar)
To make your egg bounce you simply cover it in vinegar and leave for up to 48 hours. When you remove the egg it will be bouncy!
The science behind the experiment
The shell of the egg is made up of calcium carbonate, which is a base. When you add the vinegar, which is an acid, it produces carbon dioxide and a salt, you will see the gas displayed as bubbles around the egg, and this eats away at the shell and solidifies the egg, making it bouncy!
Reading Minds – An Amazing Maths Experiment
Amaze your friends with this fun maths puzzle. It works every time and they will never guess how you can read their minds to know their number…..unless you tell them.
- Ask your friend to think of a number and not to tell you what it is (for younger children it can be between 1 and 10 but any number will work)
- Tell them to double it (multiply it x 2)
- Ask them to add 6
- Then tell them to half the number (divide it by 2)
- Then take away the number they started with (subtract the number they stared with)
- And their answer will be 3
The science behind it
At step 3 always ask them to add an even number, any even number, and the answer will always be half of that number. The rest is just simple maths!
Discover Primary Science and Maths have resources for fun science experiments for kids and parents to try and home and resources for teachers and educators to download and get children excited about science and maths from a young age.
They also run annual SFI Discover Science and Maths Awards that will get the whole school excited about STEM and they will receive a DPSM Certificate & Plaque of STEM Excellence.
Some other fun science experiments for kids to do at Home
- 18 easy science experiments perfect for per-schoolers and older kids
- 5 fun science experiments for kids to try at home
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- How to make a lava lamp
- 5 fun Halloween science experiments
- 5 summer science experiments for kids
- Invisible Ink
- Make your own play dough
- Make your own bubble solution
- Make your own honeycomb
- Read – Headstrong, 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World
- Science for kids – handy links
Have you tried any of these fun science experiments for kids at home? Let us know how you got on in the comments box below.