When it comes to science fair projects, it can be difficult to help your kids find balance. Too often, kids want to take on something that takes TOO much time and resources! While other kids may go for projects that have been done time and time again, and provide little to no challenge for them. Ta, da… Introducing our list of easy science fair projects with simple tips to help make your kid’s science fair project a big success this year!

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT IDEAS

HOW TO CHOOSE A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT

We know that you are looking for a fast and easy science fair project that is also cool! Below you will find simple tips for how to choose the best science fair project, as well as some unique and super easy science fair project ideas.

These science fair projects really don’t require a ton of supplies. Most can be completed with items you can find around the house. Instead you will find interesting and fun ideas that are suitable for kindergarten, to elementary and older.

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Make sure to read up on the engineering design process, scientific method for kids and the best science and engineering practices explained. These processes of asking questions, collecting data, communicating results etc. will be invaluable as a framework for a science fair project.

START WITH A QUESTION

Science fair projects are at their core problem-based learning. You start with a great question that attempts to solve a problem.  The best questions can’t be answered just by searching for answers online but rather with experiments and results.

Effective questions include questions asking about causes and effects. For example, “What effect does changing how often I water have on plant growth?”

Questions that focus on causes and effects make for realistic and achievable science fair projects and lead to tangible and easy to interpret results.

EXAMPLES OF QUESTION BASED SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS

Click on the titles below for more information about each project, including a supplies list and step by step instructions.

WHAT MILK IS BEST FOR MAGIC MILK EXPERIMENT?

Turn this magic milk activity into an easy science fair project by investigating what happens when you change the type of milk used.  Explore other varieties of milk including reduced fat milk, heavy cream, and even non-dairy milk!

HOW DOES WATER AFFECT SEED GERMINATION?

Turn this seed germination jar into an easy science fair project by exploring what happens to seed growth when you change the amount of water used.  Set up several seed germination jars to observe and record growth, depending on how much water you add to each jar.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A LEGO RUBBER BAND CAR TRAVEL FURTHER?

Turn this STEM challenge into an easy science fair project by coming up with a few modifications to your LEGO rubber band car design to test.  Alternatively, you could explore whether changing the size of the rubber bands make a difference to how far your car travels.

LEGO Rubber Band Car Superhero STEM Book Inspired LEGO Challenge

WHY DO LEAVES CHANGE COLOR IN THE FALL?  

Explore why leaves change color in the fall with this easy leaf chromatography experiment you can do at home. Learn more about why leaves change color.

easy science fair project

HOW QUICKLY DO SKITTLES DISSOLVE IN WATER?

A bit of research, a bit of fun playing with skittles in water with this colorful science fair project idea.  Investigate how long it takes for skittles candy to dissolve in water and set up an experiment to compare water to other liquids.

plates of skittles for skittle science activity

WHAT MAKES ICE MELT FASTER?

Conduct your own ice melting experiments and investigate what solids added to ice will make it melt faster.

Ice melting science projects

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HOW DO YOU STOP APPLES TURN BROWN?

Create an easy apple science project with this apple oxidation experiment.  Investigate what stops apples from turning brown. Does lemon juice work the best or something else?

Apple Science Project

FOCUS ON RESEARCH

The best science fair projects often start with research about the main concepts and background. Generating a question is important, but finding information on the topics in the science projects is just as worthwhile. 

You cannot just expect kids to know how to do research. Instead teach them how to choose keywords for their topic, and how to search them online.  Focus on words that answer who, what, where, and when of the topic.

Remember that searching a complete question can limit results. Instead of searching “What does the frequency of watering have on plant growth?”, your kids will do better to search “plants and water consumption”.

Using the library to research a science project is also an important skill.  Teach kids how to use the library to find books related to their topic as well as research databases that their school subscribes to.

Remind them that the purpose of research is to build background on their topic and find out how to conduct experiments. They should still complete the project on their own and not copy what others have done.

EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH BASED SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS

HOW WATER TRAVELS THROUGH A PLANT

Research how plants move water from the ground to their leaves and what plant structures are important for this process.  Then use this color changing leaf activity to explore capillary action in leaves for an easy science fair project.

easy science fair project - capillary action in plant leaves

TORNADO SCIENCE PROJECT 

Research what a tornado is and how they are formed with this easy weather science fair project.  Then make your own tornado in a bottle.

Tornado bottle hands on science

WATER CYCLE SCIENCE PROJECT

Find out about the water cycle, what it is and how it works.  Learn about where rain comes from and where it goes.  Then create your own simple model of the water cycle within a bottle or a bag.

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INEXPENSIVE MATERIALS

Encourage your kids to choose science project materials that are easily available at school or home. There is no reason to buy expensive electronics or chemicals for a science project. 

Experiments can be done with water, plastic bottles, plants, food coloring, and other easy to use and find materials at home.  Inexpensive science project materials are everywhere. See our list of must have STEM supplies for more ideas!

EXAMPLES OF SCIENCE PROJECT IDEAS

PULLEY SCIENCE PROJECT

Create a hand crank winch from recycled materials you have at home with this easy simple machine project for kids.

Also check out our engineering activities for more things you can make from inexpensive supplies!

pulley science project

CATAPULT SCIENCE PROJECT

Build a catapult from inexpensive materials like Popsicle sticks and rubber bands.  Investigate how far different weights will travel when flung from your catapult.

catapult for kids

EGG DROP SCIENCE PROJECT

Investigate what household materials protect a dropped egg from breaking.  For this egg drop project, all you need are eggs, plastic zip lock bags, and your choice of materials from around the house.

Egg Drop Challenge Set Up Egg Zip Locks Bags Cereal Ice Water Paper Cups

Kids can create easy science fair projects when they know how to formulate questions, focus on research, and find affordable and accessible materials. Give kids time to research, experiment, and present their amazing project ideas to show their scientific expertise!

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EASY SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS FOR HANDS-ON LEARNING!

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Science experiments and activities for kids

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