Snow Storm in a Jar

So many children’s science experiments fail. They don’t always do what they are claimed to do on some blogs. However, this one has guaranteed great results.

All you need is:

  • Baby oil
  • White ready mix paint
  • 2 x soluable tablets
  • Jar
  • Water

First, fill half the jar with the baby oil. Then fill the rest of the jar up with water. Cover the bottom with a thick layer of the paint. Then pop in 2 soluable tablets. Give the mixture a little stir. Watch as the mixture starts to rise up in blobs then drop back down like snow.

This is so easy it can be done at school, nursery and at home.

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Magic Milk

This is a simple experiment just using food. You can just watch how the colour disperses or manipulate the pattern by swirling with a cotton bud.

All you need for this experiment is:

  • A foil tray
  • Milk
  • Food colouring
  • Some cotton buds
  • Droppers

First, pour some milk into the foil tray. Then, using Droppers, drop some food colouring into the milk. This is more effective if you use different colours. Then either just watch what happens or use the cotton buds to swirl the food colouring in the milk (children prefer this idea).

Just 2 ingredients!

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Glitter Volcano Eruption

This is a ‘pretty’ science experiment, hence the involvement of glitter. Everything is more fun with a bit of glitter! Watch a volcano eruption before your very eyes!!

All you need is:

  • Glitter
  • Baking powder
  • Food colouring
  • Droppers
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Bowl

Firstly, empty some baking powder into a bowl. Using the droppers, add some food colouring to the baking powder. Then sprinkle on some glitter. Next, add some distilled vinegar to the food colouring drops with the droppers. Watch as the concoction starts to erupt!!

Shake that glitter!!

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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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