What are the best science experiments for kids ages 3-9 and beyond? This is YOUR go-to resource for all things STEM and science all year round! You Make STEM and science exciting, educational and inexpensive for young kids with our easy and fun science experiments and STEM activities.
SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AND STEM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS!
SCIENTIST VS. ENGINEER
Is a scientist an engineer? Is an engineer a scientist? It can be very confusing! Often, scientists and engineers work together to solve a problem, so it can be confusing to understand their similarities and differences!
The topics of engineering and science are very similar, but the way scientists and engineers approach problems may be different. One quick and easy way to think about this is that scientists will often start with a question as they explore the natural world and build upon facts and discover new knowledge.
On the other hand, engineers may begin with a specific problem and apply known solutions to solve the problem. Engineers are very interested in how and why things work to apply that knowledge to solving problems.
ALL KIDS CAN BE SCIENTISTS!
So what exactly is a scientist? How can you encourage your kids to be good scientists without a whole lot of effort, fancy equipment, or complex science activities that create confusion rather than curiosity?
A scientist is a person who seeks to acquire knowledge about the natural world. Guess what? Kids do that naturally because they are still learning and exploring the world around them. All that exploring brings up a lot of questions!
A good scientist asks questions as they explore the natural world, and we can further encourage this with these super simple science experiments. Let’s help our kids with fun science activities that spark their inner scientist!
Kids are natural scientists!
- Kids love to ask questions
- Kids love to investigate things
- Kids love to come up with ideas test things
- Kids love to tell you what they find out
WHY IS SCIENCE FOR KIDS SO IMPORTANT?
Kids are curious and always looking to explore, discover, check out, and experiment to find out why things do what they do, move like they move, or change as they change! Indoors or outdoors, science is definitely amazing!
Science surrounds us, inside and out. Kids love checking things out with magnifying glasses, creating chemical reactions with kitchen ingredients, and of course exploring stored energy!
Check out scientific method for kids to help you get started.
There lots of easy science concepts that you can introduce kids to very early on! You might not even think about science when your kid…
- pushes a car down a ramp.
- plays in front of the mirror.
- laughs at your shadow puppets.
- bounces balls over and over again.
- fills up a bucket of water and dumps it out.
See where I am going with this list! What else can you add if you stop to think about it?
Science starts early, and you can be a part of that with setting up science at home with everyday materials. Or you can bring easy science to a group of kids! We find a ton of value in cheap science activities and experiments.
FUN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AND STEM ACTIVITIES
Science experiments, science activities, and STEM challenges are awesome for young kids! These activities are visually stimulating, hands-on, and sensory-rich for discovery and exploration!
My son is now 10 and we started around 3 years of age with simple science activities for kids. Here’s our very first experiment.
We show you what to work with from around your house. These activities and experiments are all parent-friendly and quick to set up. However, they provide so many wonderful sensory experiences. They are also excellent for building language skills and social/emotional skills as you work together.
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Tried and true, these science experiments are always in our top, most viewed science category! Why? Because they are just right for young scientists. Playful science is important to us!
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We love to encourage a love of science here and one fun way to do that is to give classic science experiments cool themes. As always our apple experiments and STEM activities don’t require much to get started but encourage hands-on learning and a little play too.
A terrific mix of science and engineering for kids to build whatever they can think of or the tallest tower possible! Fun ideas to try with both food and non-food items. These highly entertaining STEM challenges are always a hit with kids and groups.
We know chemistry is cool, so let’s show our kiddos just how much fun simple chemistry activities and experiments can be!
Are you a planner, a Christmas fanatic, or even a last-minute project setter upper? We have everything you need to make the Christmas holidays amazing for your kids with the best Christmas science experiments! From fizzing Christmas trees, crystal candy canes to Rudolph slime and more.
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It’s always so much fun to pair a great book with a fun science experiment. Combining literacy and science is perfect for hands-on learning that your kids will love to try again and again!
Explore the world around you with these neat Earth Day science experiments and projects, as you conserve water and energy, recycle and reuse, and tread lightly on our planet everyday.
Science you can eat! Yes, please! I don’t know about you, but I have a kiddo who loves science AND loves to eat! Really what’s better than edible science experiments? Not much!
Taste safe, borax-free, and somewhat edible (not snack-able) slime recipe ideas are a great resource for kids who love to make homemade slime! From gummy bear slime, marshmallow slime, starburst slime, pudding slime and more!
Eggs aren’t just yummy, they make great science too! There are tons of fun egg experiments out there that use raw eggs or just the egg shells. We think these egg STEM projects and experiments are great for Easter but really a little egg science is perfect anytime of the year!
Did you know that fizzing science is chemistry too? What makes the fizz and bubble, and the pop? A chemical reaction, of course! Explore awesome fizzing science experiments using common household ingredients.
Halloween + science = AWESOME Halloween science experiments and STEM projects! When you aren’t out pumpkin picking or cider donut eating this fall, why not try out a couple of Halloween science activities. From gelatin hearts, to wizards brew, erupting pumpkins, and oozing slime, there are tons of spooky science experiments to try.
Why kitchen science? Because everything you need is already in your kitchen cupboards. There are so many cool experiments to do at home with household items. These food experiments are sure to develop a love for learning and science with your kids!
We do a lot of fun science experiments that require a bunch of materials for indoors, but so much cool science can be found outdoors too! So we have an awesome resource for outdoor nature activities for kids.
We have tons of fun science ideas for when you are at the beach but also when you are learning about the ocean at home or in the classroom. Simple preschool science activities encourage kids to learn about and explore the world around them, including our amazing oceans!
Simple ideas for young kids and older kids too! Set up a week of STEM challenges that encourage kids to put on their thinking goggles and become junior engineers for the day. These paper bag STEM activities use lots of basic supplies you already have!
Physics for kids can begin at any age. There’s so much to explore even with the simplest for physics activities for kids.
When I think of spring, I think of planting seeds, growing plants and flowers, gardening ideas and all things outdoors! With these easy plant activities and science experiments even the youngest kids can explore, investigate, plant seeds and grow a garden!
Do you love pumpkins? If you want to do more with pumpkins than just carve them or make pumpkin muffins, check out our totally awesome real pumpkin STEM activities.
We love making homemade slime for science. Slime is fascinating chemistry, and there are fun ways to experiment with slime too!
STEM + Art = STEAM! When kids combine STEM and art, they can really explore their creative side from painting to sculpture! Try fizzing paint, sun prints, paper towel art and more. These easy STEAM projects incorporate art and science for a truly fun experience.
We definitely aren’t trying to rush toddlers into big kids. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised as you read through our article about toddlers and STEM activities! Go ahead and see for yourself.
Is STEM expensive? It doesn’t have to be. EVERY kid should be able to do STEM. See how we can make STEM affordable for any budget as we add in resources from the dollar store too! Perfect for teachers too.
If you have been hearing the acronym STEM or STEAM being thrown around like the word of the day, and you don’t know as much about them as you would like, this is the resource for you! An all in one awesome STEM resources guide that really helps to explain STEM, and it’s importance for kids! Plus, tonnes of easy STEM activities to try.
St Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to check out some fun science experiments and STEM activities for kindergarteners, preschoolers and beyond! These St Patrick’s Day activities include a fun mix of shamrocks, gold pots, slime, and colorful rainbows.
Awesome science experiments and STEM activities great for the summer months. Try a different theme each week, and banish the cries of boredom.
Don’t miss out on fabulous Thanksgiving science experiments this season. It’s the perfect side dish to your lesson plans or a weekend activity. Bread in a bag, cranberry secret messages, homemade butter and more.
14+ simple science experiments for Valentines Day! Using a combination of chemistry and physics, our Valentines Day science activities are absolutely kid friendly. All you need are basic, inexpensive supplies for these quick to prep science experiments for Valentines Day!
Fun science experiments with water to do at home or in the classroom. We love simple science activities that are easy to pull off, simple to set up, and kids love! What’s better than that?
Maybe you have snow and freezing temperatures, or maybe you don’t! Whether you are shoveling the white stuff or lounging by a palm tree, there’s still winter! When the weather turns chilly or not so chilly, why not try some playful winter activities for preschool and elementary kids.
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