The best thing about science is that it attempts to explain what is happening around us. Unfortunately, kids have a hard time connecting the little knowledge about science to the real world. Like the ones listed below, simple experiments can demonstrate to kids that abstract concepts can have a tangible impact on everyday life.
If you are looking for a fun activity for the kids to do indoors, the following easy science experiments will come in handy. Watch as your kids become amazed as their interest in science grows.
An Experiment about Surface Tension
Pour some milk into a shallow bowl and add a few drops of food coloring. Have an additional little cup filled with dishwashing soap. You will notice that the food coloring will stay as self-contained blobs.
Using a Q-tip, press the tip into dishwashing soap and then touch the food coloring. Immediately, the colors will start to swirl around, and that will impress the kids. It’s like magic.
The swirling around has to do with surface tension. In the beginning, nothing is affecting the surface tension of the food coloring, and so it stays still. Adding soap causes a chemical reaction that interrupts the surface tension, and hence the reaction.
In this age of corona virus, teaching your kids about hygiene is critical. One fascinating experiment with a lesson on hygiene is mold experiments.
Using different pieces of bread, you can add various additives such as vinegar and salt. It is also a great time to demonstrate how mold grows on bread touched by hands. Have the kids touch the slices of bread with dirty hands and then another slice touched by hands cleansed with soap and water or sanitizer.
The results of this experiment will possibly have your kids scrubbing their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Never leave your kids unsupervised when doing these experiments. Have fun!