Let’s be honest, we all have our favorite subjects to teach and explore with our homeschoolers. And, while grammar is important (it really is!), it’s often homeschool science that brings the excitement to our days. From studying nature and exploring physics to learning about our bodies in anatomy, science tends to be one subject that families love because it provides endless opportunities to explore God’s creation in engaging, hands-on ways. Through science students learn without even knowing it and spend time with one another discovering, which is what makes homeschool science experiments so special. Grab your goggles, read about the scientific method, and take time out this week to make your homeschool science routine POP with one of these fun homeschool science experiments!
7 Homeschool Science Experiments that Rock!
- Drinking Plants- Grab a few white carnations, food coloring, and glass cups. Fill the cups halfway with water and a few drops of food coloring in each glass making each a different color. Place the stem of the carnation into the water and wait. Within 30 minutes the carnation will begin to change colors after “drinking” the water. Discuss how plants consume nutrients, like water, to help them grow! Want to try some other variations of this experiment or want more scientific explanations? Check out this site!
- Musical Magic– Play around with music and water! Fill the same type of glass bottles with different amounts of water. Dip your fingers in and make music on the rim of the glass. What happens? Then have students blow over the top of the bottles. Are the sounds the same? Compare the level of water to the sound it makes! You can also do this experiment with water glasses! And don’t forget to research how sound and resonance works scientifically!
- Light It Up– Light up your night and learn all about turboluminescence with a little sugar and this awesome experiment from BBC!
- Slime Time– It only takes a few ingredients to make slime! Follow these homeschool science directions then teach your students about colloids and non-Newtonian fluids. They’ll be as engaged by the information as the slime!
- If You Build It– Building models is a wonderful way to illustrate concepts you’re learning about in your homeschool science curriculum. And the options are endless from a 3-d model of the earth’s layers with a Styrofoam ball to a diorama of a habitat, models are the perfect science projects! Use your homeschool science curriculum and a unit you’re already studying as a platform to get you going. Or, get started with these awesome Jell-O cells!
- Egg-cellent Eggs– Your students will fall in love with science (if they aren’t already!) through these 10 fun egg experiments. From growing crystal geodes to exploring heat and gravity, homeschool science experiments have never been easier. Just grab an extra dozen eggs next time you’re at the grocery store and get cracking!
- Vinegar Chemistry– We’ve all seen the vinegar volcano, but there’s so much more to discover about chemistry and chemical reactions using this common household substance. You’ll even learn about digestion by making a CO-2 sandwich!
Homeschool science experiments are the ticket to helping our students become little (and big!) scientists and to keeping homeschooling fun! How do you incorporate experimentation into your homeschool routine? Tell us in a comment below!