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Fun Science Project Ideas to Do With Your Kids
When our children were growing up, our entire family enjoyed getting involved in their science projects. While children may study science in school, reading about science does not compare to the thrill children get from creating and carrying out their own science projects.
Children love to study all types of things, and they do not need to be complicated. One of the Blue Ribbon projects at our children's elementary school was done by a girl who spent weeks patiently getting wild hummingbirds to come closer and closer to her, until finally they would land on her finger. Her parents helped her by taking a series of photographs that she could put on her science board.
Further on I will share two of my own daughters favorite science projects. In addition, you may want to get a book on science fair projects. They are a wonderful way to give your child a good overview of their options, so they can pick out an experiment that will interest them.
You'll be surprised at how much they can learn from a science fair project, too!
Get a Wide Variety of Ideas for Fun Science Projects You Can Do Together
This book gives step-by-step instructions so everyone knows exactly what to do. They have plenty of different experiments you can try, too! Getting involved in the science fair is a wonderful way to give your children a life-long love of learning, too.
More Science Project Ideas
One of the easiest ways to come up with a science project idea is by using books. Our family poured through lots of books before our daughters were able to pick out the experiments that they wanted to try.
When you are choosing an experiment, it needs to be age appropriate and it needs to be something that really interests your child so that they will see it through to the end. The project also should be something that they are able to carry out on their own with only a little assistance from you. In addition, you may want to consider the cost of the materials. I have seen some very elaborate science fair projects that required a lot of expensive materials, especially those types of experiments that involve robotics or rockets. These experiments would not be appropriate for all families. Some of them can be dangerous and others can be expensive.
The experiments mentioned in this book sound like a lot of fun. What kid wouldn't want to float water or boil ice?
The Favorite Science Fair Projects of Our Family
The children in our family entered science fair projects every year they were in elementary school. Some of the projects turned out well and some were duds. However, there were two projects they did that won blue ribbons. Our daughters also had fun doing these projects. You are welcome to give these projects a try, too.
Examining our Local Water
Our daughter took three water samples. One came from our local creek. One came from the tap. One was from a bottle of distilled water.
She looked at all three water samples under a microscope, and drew what she saw. The distilled water was blank. The creek water was full of microscopic amoeba that were swimming freely about. Then, she checked our tap water and was horrified to discover that the tap water contained the same microscopic creatures; they just weren't moving around!
Our daughter's classmates were also fascinated by what she learned about our tap water!
Growing Healthy Cabbage Plants
Another daughter wanted to see if it mattered what she used to water plants, and she wanted to try all kinds of crazy liquids. We bought six cabbage plants that were as close in size and general health as possible.
She chose six different liquids to use when she watered them: plain tap water, tap water with plant vitamins, distilled water, Coca-Cola, pickle juice, and a cleaning solution.
The plants that were watered with pickle juice and cleaning solution died quickly. There was little difference between tap water and distilled water. The plant watered with vitamins looked great. However, the best looking plant was the one watered with Coca-Cola!
Create Your Own Experiments
Your kids may want to come up with their own ideas. If not, you may want to check out more science project ideas.