Marble Painting

This is another great easy science experiment that also doubles up as messy play. Messy play allows children to get creative so this activity ticks all the boxes!

All you need is:

  • shaving foam
  • food colouring
  • a spoon
  • plain white paper

We always use a tuff spot to conduct our messy play/science experiments as it contains the mess. Check them out here:

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First, spray the shaving foam into the middle of the tuff spot. Then drop some different colour food colouring onto the shaving foam. With the end of a spoon, let the children swirl the food colouring into the shaving foam. Once happy with the pattern created, let the children take their piece of paper and place on top of the pattern. Tap down gently, then carefully remove the paper. The pattern on top of the shaving foam should transfer onto the paper to reveal a marble effect painting. Allow the pattern to dry.

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Fizzing Colours Experiment

This is another great science experiment to do with children to develop their problem solving skills and broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world. Plus, this science experiment has very minimal mess as it’s all contained within the tray.

All you need is:

  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Food colouring
  • A foil baking tray
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Droppers

First of all, line the tray with the baking paper, then sprinkle the bicarb to cover the bottom of the tray. Then using droppers, drop some different colour food colouring into separate sections. Lastly, on top of the food colouring, drop some distilled vinegar and watch those colours fizz!

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Minimal mess

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Walking Water Experiment

Here is another really easy science experiment to do at home with the children or with your children at nursery or school. It is simple and cost effective. It also provides children with great problem solving skills as ingredients used may need to be swapped out for better results. For example, we used kitchen roll in our science experiment and we did have to be quite patient to see the results. However, I have since researched that other materials such as wet wipes may produce better and quicker results.

All you need for this experiment is:

  • 3 clear glasses
  • food colouring (2 different colours)
  • material such as tissue to transfer the water from the glasses

First, place the glasses side by side with a little gap. Then fill them with water. Put some food colouring into the two end glasses but leave the middle one clear. Make sure you use different colour food colouring for each of the end glasses to see that the water has transferred. Roll some tissue longways then put each end into the glasses that are next to each other. As the material absorbs the water, it should travel from one glass to the next.

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Skittles Experiment

This is a very popular experiment that you see splashed all over Pinterest and it is no surprise given how cheap and easy it is with great results. Plus, you can still eat the Skittles afterwards! YUM!

All you need is

  • A bag of Skittles
  • A plate (we used white paper plates)
  • A jug of water

First, arrange the Skittles around the outer edge of the plate. Then pour some water onto the Skittles. Watch how the water travels to the middle of the plate fetching with it different colours from the Skittles.

Easy and tasty!

The children loved this experiment and gave it a big Thumbs up👍

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Make your own Snow – Messy Play

This is another super easy children’s science experiment plus a great idea for messy play.

All you need is

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Shaving foam
  • A bowl

First, put some bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Then add shaving foam. Mix together well with hands.

N.B You will need lots of shaving foam and bicarbonate of soda to make lots of snow.

Simple!

We did our experiment on top of a tuff spot as it can get very messy!!

Messy Play is so important for a child’s development. It inspires their curiosity and allows them to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

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Glow Stick Experiment – Creativity

Being creative provides children with new ways of thinking and problem-solving skills. It gives children the opportunity to try new things and encourages them to express themselves. This glow stick experiment is a very simple science experiment that allows you to be creative.

All you need for this experiment is:

  • Glow sticks
  • Clear glass
  • Scissors

IMPORTANT! Please supervise children at all times during science experiments. Do NOT use toxic substances. Check the packaging of products carefully and provide protective equipment such as gloves and googles where necessary!

Simply snip off the end of a glow stick with the scissors and tap away at the glass to empty the contents onto the glass. Use a mixture of different colours and methods of emptying the glow stick to create different patterns.

Simple and cheap!

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Lava Lamp Experiment – Sensory bottle idea

The lava lamp experiment is another simple experiment to do with your child at home, at school and at nursery but please supervise your children at all times when using disposable aspirin. This experiment is not only fun to do but you come away with a great sensory bottle that your child can keep.

Come away with a great sensory bottle!

The ingredients you will need are:

  • vegetable oil
  • an empty bottle
  • water
  • food colouring
  • dissolvable aspirin

First of all fill your bottle up with vegetable oil to before the nape of the bottle neck starts. Then pour in some food colouring. Fill the rest of the bottle up with water before adding one dissolvable aspirin (Please see video above).

Sensory bottles stimulates the senses for children, especially for children with sensory processing disorder. They can also be used to calm children down as watching the lava move around slowly helps calm breathing and regulate emotions.

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