Easy Experiments: Valuable How To Resources for Home and School
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Inside: Easy experiments are a fun way to connect with your kids or classroom. Materials are easy to find or already on hand. Try a few today.
Easy Experiments Require Easy to Find Materials
“Mom, do spiders have red blood like us? How do birds fly all that way without a map? Those were just a few questions I use to bombard my mom with when I was a little girl.
When I was just a bit older I’d sneak off early Saturday morning to the school next door and investigate its puddles for whatever little creatures I could find and sketch. My deepest desire was a microscope so I could look at the puddle water or aquarium water up close. My mom did relent for my 10th birthday and get me one. I filled journals with notes and pictures of what I saw just like Anton van Leeuwenhoek a scientist who was Dutch just like me.
Later on I had my own kids…three boys. They loved hikes in the woods. All of them asked the interesting, sciency (is that a word?) questions. My middle son wanted to know if there was a tiny man inside the traffic lights changing its colors. He laughs about that one now as he majors in Integrated Science and Physics and McMaster University in Hamilton.
I loved experimenting at home. My own kids loved experimenting at home. It is a great way to spend time with your kids, very young or not so young. Experimenting at home or in the classroom is a fantastic way of capitalizing on the insane curiosity of young kids.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or involve expensive or hard to find materials. Sure, you might want to invest in a few well-considered purchases. A few strong bar magnets and a microscope for the avid scientist would make a good investment. The easy experiments listed below are possible with equipment and supplies most of you will have on hand.
Some Useful Resources for Easy Experiments
Amazon has a wide variety of useful resources. If you don’t already have a magnet to use in the activities listed, choose one that has labelled north and south poles. There are a variety of activities possible with these magnets some of which you will see in updated posts. If possible choose a magnet with a mid-range price. Check out the reviews. On our Canadian site, I chose a lower price item to try ( Ajax Scientific Steel Rectangular Bar Magnet, 100mm Length x 12mm Width x 5mm Thick). This magnet was not as powerful as I had hoped although it did suffice for what I needed it to do. It would not be a magnet I recommend.
If you choose to invest in other equipment, the same advice follows. Check your reviews. As I try more items from our Canadian site, I will update with my honest opinion as to its working value.
- Kidsites.com has great links to kid friendly science sites including a brief description of each.
- Great Websites for Kids sponsored by ASSOCIATION FOR LIBRARY SERVICE TO CHILDREN –a division of the
American Library Association has links to some fantastic science sites.
- Interactive Sites for Education has links to some fantastic interactive sites. Keep in mind many of these sites will still require flash so may not be compatible with IPads or tablets.
- 50 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff
- Astronomy at Home: A Guide for Exploring Outer Space from Your Backyard
- Free Field Trip Ideas for Homeschoolers contains many cool ideas for free field trip ideas for the homeschool family or classroom.
- The Home-Based Safari Guide: How to Safely Observe Wildlife from Your Home when to go, what to wear and safety concerns. All you need to know to safely watch wildlife.
- 10 Best Science Apps for Kids
- Pre-K – 12 Student Geometry Lesson Plans
- SciShow Kids YouTube Channel This great collection of kids’ videos explores all sorts of science topics. Use them alone, or to introduce an in-depth science plan.