Kids are curious creatures. Experiments, like these erupting chemistry science activities fuel their curiosity for the world. Observing, predicting, comparing, and experimenting are amazing tools for the future! Plus kids love Fizzing Science Experiments {grown ups too}. These types of experiments also increase practical life and fine motor skills not to mention math and literacy skills. We have tons of simple science experiments and STEM challenges to share with you!

CHEMISTRY SCIENCE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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INVITATION TO EXPLORE CHEMISTRY

Our son remembers these experiments as being chemical reactions. I think his words are along the line of “when two things meet, something happens!” EDITED: He is now learning so much more about chemical reactions and what happens when an acid and a base mix to form a gas which causes the fizz!  We started out with many simple preschool and kindergarten science activities! Young kids love novelty, visual stimulation and the ability to experiment which is why we have tried out so many different fizzing science experiments for different seasons and holidays. Each of these experiments is unique and involves different but simple ingredients and have varying levels of hands on play too! 

BACKYARD BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR SANDBOX VOLCANO

This sandbox volcano is super easy to set up! We thoroughly enjoyed this. Click the link in blue or photo to see more details! A volcano is chemistry science activities at it’s finest!

Sandbox Volcano Quickest Easiest Eruption Ever

Take a look: WATERMELON VOLCANO

MENTOS AND DIET COKE ERUPTION

There isn’t a whole lot of kid involvement here for younger kids, but it sure was fun to watch. The fun is quick, so it isn’t a play with me kind of activity like the volcano was afterwards! Check out this website for the all the how to’s of diet coke and mentos science experiment with some extension work for older kids.

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LEMON AND LIME JUICE BAKING SODA SCIENCE

We used a muffin tin to test the classic baking soda and vinegar fizzy science. I knew that lemon and lime juice would also produce reactions, so we put them to the test. I put a tablespoon of baking soda in each compartment and set out little containers of vinegar, lemon juice and lime juice. I did add a little food coloring to the lemon and lime juice to make sure we could tell the difference! Liam chose to grab his magnifying glass and calculator. This is a perfect hands-on experiment for a preschooler with lots of room for play and learning.

Take a look: CITRUS CHEMICAL REACTIONS

eruption chemistry science activity baking soda vinegar lemon and lime juice

ALKA SELTZER ERUPTIONS

I had no idea as to what to expect from this experiment. I needed to fill a half hour before Dad got home from work!  I wondered if it would actually erupt if we used enough Alka seltzer. I chose this vase with the narrow neck to help push the eruption upwards and out! Make sure to put a tray underneath. He added red water, about a cup and a half of cup of oil. First we noted the separation of the two which is a great density experiment all in itself! We broke up some tablets and let them drop. I suggest having a few ready to go and get them going all at once!

Take a look: HOMEMADE LAVA LAMPS

eruption chemistry science activity alma seltzer oil water

CREATING CURIOSITY. BUILDING VOCABULARY. INCREASING OBSERVATIONAL SKILLS

Help your child increase his/her ability to explore and wonder with simple open ended questions during these chemistry science activities. You can also ask what they think will happen before starting the experiment, and then you can compare it to what actually happened at the conclusion of the experiment. Check our science experiments resources and checklists guide!

GREAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

  • Tell me what you are doing?
  • How does that feel?
  • What does it sound like?
  • What do you see?
  • What do you think will happen next?

SIMPLE CHEMISTRY SCIENCE ACTIVITIES KIDS LOVE!

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Open the kitchen cupboards and start experimenting with simple science at home today.

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