With the kids at home and schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many parents are seeking out resources to keep their minds engaged while they are at home. We have put together a list of 10 exciting experiments that your kids can do using at-home materials covering areas of science ranging from osmosis to density of liquids to chemical reactions. All the activities are off our YouTube series, Sema’s Lab, which offers a diverse range of exciting STEM activities done by Kenyan actors Stycie Waweru and Seth Prewitt.

By doing these experiments, kids will get to learn about science concepts in a fun way. For each, we have included which area of science it teaches kids about, how difficult it is (easy/medium/hard), how messy it is (low/medium/high), and the materials you need to do the experiment.

1. Elephant Toothpaste Experiment 

Lesson: In this experiment, kids get to learn about chemical reactions.

Materials Needed:

  • Stirring Rod
  • Yeast
  • Dish Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Food Color

Difficulty level: Medium

Messiness: High

 

2. Making A Glowy Bouncy egg

Lesson: In this experiment, kids get to learn about the scientific process known as osmosis.

Materials Needed:

  • Flashlight
  • Food Coloring
  • Glasses
  • Vinegar

Difficulty level: Medium

Messiness: Medium


3. Coke & Mentos Experiment

Lesson: In this experiment, kids learn about chemical reactions 

Materials Needed: 

  • Coca Cola 
  • Mentos 

Difficulty level: Low

Messiness: High


4. How To Make Color Changing Flowers

Lesson: In this experiment, kids learn about a process known as capillary action.

Materials Needed: 

  • White Flowers 
  • Food Coloring 
  • Water 
  • Glasses 

Difficulty Level: Low
Messiness: Low


5. The Walking Water Experiment

Lesson: In this experiment, kids learn about a process known as capillary action.

Materials Needed: 

  • Colorless Cups 
  • Food Coloring 
  • Water 
  • Paper Towels

Difficulty Level: Low

Messiness: Low


6. How To Burst Balloons With Orange Peels

Lesson: In this experiment, kids learn about chemical reactions.

Materials Needed: 

  • Balloons 
  • Orange Peels 

Difficulty Level: Low

Messiness: Low 


7. DIY Lava Lamp 

Lesson: In this experiment, kids get to learn how to make their own DIY Lava Lamp

Materials Needed: 

  • Fizzing Tablet 
  • Oil 
  • Water 
  • Food Color 
  • Torch 
  • Glasses 

Difficulty Level: Low

Messiness: Low 

8. Making A Rainbow Density Tower

Lesson: In this experiment, kids get to learn about the density of liquids and why liquids do not mix

Materials Needed: 

  • Glycerine 
  • Dish Soap 
  • Water 
  • Honey 
  • Food Coloring 
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Jars 

Difficulty Level: Medium 

Messiness: Medium 


9. Glass and Candle Experiment 

Lesson: In this experiment, children will learn about air pressure and vacuum 

Materials Needed: 

  • Glass
  • Matchbox
  • Wet Napkin 
  • Glass
  • Candle

Difficulty Level: Medium 

Messiness: Medium


10. How To Make A Homemade Doodle Bot

Lesson:
In this experiment, kids get to learn how to make a homemade robot

Materials Needed: 

  • Cellotape
  • Plastic Cup 
  • Rubber 
  • Battery 
  • Motor 
  • Glue 
  • Scissor 
  • Google Eyes (optional) 

Difficulty Level: Medium
Messiness: Medium

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