Ready to get started with science at home or with a group? Do you suddenly find yourself needing to add more learning time to home time? Don’t quite know where to start? I have my 20 best tips to get you on the right track for exploring science with kids in a very fun way.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to share simple science activities at home or in a classroom. You just need to be prepared! This science at home guide for picking the right science experiments and activities should help put you at ease.
20 TIPS TO ENJOY SCIENCE ACTIVITIES & EXPERIMENTS
EASY SCIENCE AT HOME
It’s clear from all the media that science or STEM is the thing to get involved in as early as possible. You can read more about why that is the case here! Plus science can be a really awesome way for families to spend quality time together.
We want to share with you how easy it is to set up and enjoy home science activities with your kids if you keep our tips in mind.
EVERY KID IS A SCIENTIST!
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
I have put together a list of 20 tips on how to enjoy home science activities with your kids as well as a few printable science journal pages to get you started. Make a science binder and fill it with all of your home investigations.
20 TIPS FOR HOME SCIENCE ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIMENTS
I am hoping these simple tips will get you in the right frame of mind to feel comfortable setting up science experiments at home. There are definitely some points to consider which is why I wanted to share these science tips with you!
There are a few areas where things can go wrong, but there are easy ways to fix it and try again.
- First is SET UP time
- Next is PLAYTIME.
- Then comes UNDERSTANDING OF CONCEPTS
- Last is INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION.
Our science tips will easily work with kids ages 3-10.
Younger kids will enjoy the simplest of activities while the older kids will enjoy our printables to go along with experiments.
Find all of our favorite science experiments for kids right here.
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20 TIPS FOR HOME SCIENCE:
Let’s get started together! Whether you are looking to get more into science experiments at home or you suddenly find your self needing to fit in more learning time, do it successfully!
- Keep your science experiments easy and quick to set up.
- Limit the number of supplies you need to do any experiment. Having a ton of items you have to use at the right time can get confusing for everyone.
- Don’t purchase a ton of equipment that needs to be put together and taken apart each time you want to use it. In fact, set up a home science lab for your kids. Take a peek at ours!
- Gather simple supplies into a home science kit like the one we have here. Your pantry is a great place to start for simple science at home.
- A magnifying glass and safety goggles make any kiddo feel like a scientist.
- Little scientists are more likely to enjoy and stay engaged with highly playful science activities.
- Limit the amount of information you need to hand out about the experiment regarding concepts. There will be plenty of time for that later.
- Don’t choose a science project that uses a lot of step by step directions mostly led by an adult.
- Don’t pick an activity where your child is only watching you do the activity.
- Do pick a science activity that is very hands-on for your kids to get involved with too.
- Do pick a science activity with plenty of room to explore without danger.
- Make sure to allow enough time for really enjoying your home science activities!
- Alternatively, make sure you don’t pick a science experiment that takes way too long for your child to stay interested in.
- Open-ended science activities work really well for short attention spans!
- Science kits are great but not always age-appropriate. Homemade science activities are often better for younger kids. Check out some favorite science activities here.
- Ask questions instead of leading the discussion. This is the perfect opportunity to get your child thinking and asking their own questions. Help them make a prediction, make observations, and draw conclusions all while having a simple conversation. Guide them but don’t provide the information for them. You can ask even the youngest scientist what they see or what they think will happen.
- Ask your kids what they are interested in learning more about. What are they curious about? Often times this will lead to finding an interesting book, doing a google search, or finding a neat experiment to try. This is helpful for older kids too.
- Consider the holiday or season, is there a simple holiday science activity that you can do to go along with it? Young kids love the novelty of the holidays.
- Learn more about the difference between an experiment and an activity? This is fun for the older kids to come up with an experiment that uses set variables to determine results. Learn more about the scientific method here.
- Part of enjoying home science activities is to practice safe science and make sure to wash hands and clean surfaces thoroughly after you are finished.
- Make sure to enjoy the time with your kids. Get into it. You may even learn something new too.
LET’S GET YOU READY TO ENJOY SCIENCE AT HOME!
Click on the photos below for some pretty cool home science activities!