Hands on science experiments and crafts that incorporate the scientific process are valuable learning experiences that can give your child confidence and a foundation for understanding science in school. What better time to experiment and get messy than during school vacation! Here are some of my favorite scientific crafts to do with the whole family. These are all fun for toddlers, school aged children, and grown ups.
Do you remember building your own volcano for science projects in grade school? Here’s a fun tutorial to share with kids of all ages. This activity is both engrossing and a little messy…
Volcano Science Experiment – Love, Play, Learn
These are incredibly cool, and actually pretty easy to make. They make great gifts too, my 6 year old niece made one for her baby sister and her best friend according to their favorite colors. (Her baby sister doesn’t really have a favorite color yet, but we’re guessing yellow because she looks especially cute in yellow.)
Grow Your Own Geodes – Dollar Store Crafts
My preschoolers were fascinated by all things magnetic, so you can imagine our delight at finding this recipe for magnetic slime. They even made some to share with the younger classrooms at our daycare and taught the toddlers how it worked.
How to Make Magnetic Slime – Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Be sure to read all the great tips with this tutorial because this tornado in a jar is extremely cool, but it can be a little difficult to recreate in the first try.
Tornado in a Jar – Artsy Momma
This is a fun activity which uses the same materials as creating your own volcano, but it’s a little more process oriented and designed especially for young children.
Fun with Baking Soda and Vinegar – Project Mommie