This is really a must have for curious kids if you can pull it off. We have everything you need to know learn how to set up home science lab for kids!

I can’t tell you how much fun it is to carve out a dedicated space to leave out our science gear and equipment for easy use. Your kids simply can’t get bored if they have access to materials and simple science experiments that will fuel their curiosity.

How to set up home science lab for kids including space, materials, projects, and tips for cheap STEM activities to try.


*NOTE: No hazardous chemicals are used in this article on how to set up home science lab for kids. Taste safe, kitchen pantry supplies are all that are needed. Adults should supervise the use of any other materials when making slimes or performing chemical reactions that require ingredients for example like borax powder, liquid starch, or hydrogen peroxide.*


There are a few important things to consider when you decide to start this project! The most important thing is how to set up a home science lab appropriate for the age kids that will be using it.

Different age groups will need more or less supervision, are more or less capable of handling materials on their own, will need more or less direction. So the space you choose for setting up a kid’s science lab is a space you feel comfortable with if your kids need to be left along for a few minutes or even an hour.

An older child will be more capable of opening and closing boxes, cleaning up spills, measuring out ingredients, etc. You may be able to choose a space in a play room, home office, out of the way nook, or even in the basement.

NOTE: If you don’t have anywhere to permanently set up a science table, we still have great suggestions here.


So we talked a little bit about space above and how it’s partially dependent on the age of the kids using the science lab. Since my son is 7, I am going to go with this age group. He is old enough to be independent and only needs an occasional hand to help with something.

He has many of his own ideas but also loves when we have something interesting planned. Because of all the easy science activities we have done together, he is used to the ingredients and science tools we use. He can pick up his spills for the most part and he is respectful of his surroundings.

Whether you have an extra corner in the kitchen, a playroom or office, or even the basement, you don’t need a whole lot of space. A little bit of good organization goes a long way. What you do need is the actual science table!

A folding table or a desk is the perfect. I picked up a smaller wooden desk, painted white on our local swap site for $10 and it’s been perfect. At the time we tucked it into a corner of the kitchen. We have since moved and the home science lab shares my new office with me.

A few other things to take into consideration is lighting, windows, and ventilation. Good lighting is important for a young scientist. Being by a window or in a room with a window also allows for ventilation if needed. A window is also a great way to add seed science experiments too!


When you are learning all about how to set up home science for kids, you need a few good science tools or science equipment to have handy. I have added all of my favorites below!

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Some of these items are perfect for preschool, especially the Learning Resources kits, and go well into early elementary school as well. This year we will be adding a nice new microscope to our set up.


Fun science table activities usually include using some essential kitchen pantry items. We always have these items on stock too. It’s up to you to determine what will be appropriate to store with your science table and what will be the items you provide as requested by your kids.

My son, age 7, can appropriately use our favorite kitchen science ingredients that include salt, baking soda, oil, vinegar, fizzing tablets, food coloring, water, and cornstarch, and any left over candy. He can carefully pour these ingredients and clean up spills.

These items can be stored in clear, plastic containers. They could also be put in their own gallon size zip lock bags to further prevent any tipping and spilling inside a main container. Make sure to add a couple sets of measuring cups too.



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Other materials to consider including would be many of the items that we use in our STEM kits like balloons, recycled items,   styrofoam, toothpicks {great for building structures}, cookie cutters, coffee filters, pipe cleaners, straws, string, tapes, paper clips, and so much more.

A notepad, drawing paper, rulers, scissors, and a variety of drawing and writing tools is also an excellent addition for kids who wish to take notes, record data, and draw observations. We also have a variety of free printable science worksheets you can use for the interested kid!

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We do love to make slime and grow crystals as well as try out thermogenic reactions, density layer experiments along with other neat experiments.

These ingredients I prefer to keep out of our home science lab. They include liquid starch, borax, hydrogen peroxide, yeast, and rubbing alcohol. Sometimes we will use lemon juice, but that stays in the fridge.

I would prefer to do these science activities with him, and I like to be the one that measures these chemicals or highly supervise his use of them so that correct practices can be followed for clean up.


Additionally we have a few kits that we have enjoyed using together that can added to your home science lab set up. He simply will ask me to help him or sit with him.


Now as careful as my son is, spills, overflows, and eruptions are going to happen and the potential for small messes to large messes will also happen.

This is certainly something to keep in mind when choosing a space! You can easily put a dollar store shower curtain under the table or workspace to catch spills. Rinse and reuse!

During the warmer months, you can set up an outdoor science lab much the same way. We set up and outdoor science lab last summer and had a blast.

We made sure to pick items that could just stay outside in plastic bins. Other ingredients we kept in a bin indoors that could be carried in and out easily.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER: AGE APPROPRIATE PROJECT IDEAS We have put together a few great resources {listed below} of science projects you can browse through. Pick out one or two for the week and give them a try! Make sure to subscribe for our science experiment of the week.



Other wise you can always set up a potion mixing activity, color mixing play, magnet tray, or just collecting nature and rock samples to examine. My son enjoys the classic baking soda and vinegar any day!

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