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Experimenting With Physics For Kids

By Yann, published on 22/12/2018 We Love Prof > Academia > Physics > Fun Physics Experiments For Kids

Kids love to explore, discover and ask questions.

Even by the age of two or three, when they first start speaking, many children begin to respond to anything you say to them with ‘why?’! Even before they are mobile, a child will still spend time trying to get their head around how things in this world work, like switches, flaps and doorknobs, and so on.

Their curious minds develop from the moment they are born and they spend their first years trying to take in as much about the world as they possibly can. This doesn’t stop or slow down when they start school and begin to learn about entirely new subjects and concepts, in fact, this only makes them keener to explore more about this world they live in.

It's never too early to start teaching your child about science and physics! Babies begin exploring the world around them from inside the womb and they become more curious as they become more mobile and their mind develops. Photo credit: quinn.anya on Foter.com / CC BY-SA

In an ideal world, parents and teachers want to encourage children in the care to:

  • listen
  • observe
  • explore
  • experiment
  • reinvent
  • test
  • evaluate
  • question
  • think critically
  • and more…

Thankfully, Physics as a school science subject helps to answer many of their big questions, such as our place in our solar system, how cars work, how an airplane stays up in the sky and more. What’s more, it forces them to do most of the above without even giving it a second thought.

From catapults to rockets, stars to planets, you will find something that will get children excited about learning about Physics at home or in the classroom, you simply need to keep the momentum up!

Just take a look at some of the fun experiments, games, and quizzes that we’ve discovered which can add to the fun of educating your kids about Physics!

With the help of these hands on science activities, encourage your kids to make predictions, discuss what they’ve seen and learned, and re-test their ideas to absorb as much information as they can.

Science is often a mysterious thing for children to behold and, naturally, they just love to figure things out on their own (with your help and supervision, of course!).

Fun Physics Experiments For Kids

There are so many different types of interactive science experiment that can be attempted either in the classroom or at home, but here’s just a few project ideas that should start to get the ball rolling in terms of discovering more about this amazing Science and what science tricks can be done.

What’s more, most people will have the equipment needed which means that this can easily be set up as a quick daytime activity after school, during the weekend or in the school holidays.

Lego Balloon Car (courtesy of Little Bins Little Hands)

What will you need?

  • Lego
  • Balloons
  • Small Tape Measure
  • Craft/ Beading or Nails and Screws Box

How does it work?

Lego is so entertaining for kids, whether they are simply building a single-storey house for their toys or they are using it for a greater purpose. This easy to make Lego Balloon Car is, therefore, a perfect trick to enable your child to learn about Physics matters. The activity combines simple science and engineering to make an incredible learning activity that will provide hours of fun and a positive learning outcome.

All you need to do is encourage your little one to build a car, help them blow up the balloon and let their Lego car go! The accompanying adult should make a car too so that the following questions can be considered.

“How far will your balloon car travel? Grab a measuring tape and see whose car went the farthest! Great for math skills too.

Why did this car go farther?

Why do you think this car was slower?

What if we tried it on a rug?

What happens if the balloon is blown up more or less?”

There are endless questions that you can all ask to explore this fun activity, in fact, the more questions you can think of the better!

Use lego in a variety of ways to teach children about maths and physics. You can create fun science activities for your kids by using simple household toys like lego. Photo on Foter.com

Create a rainbow in a glass

What will you need?

  • A tall glass
  • Different coloured liquids
  • Sugar

How does it work?

This cool science experiment takes advantage of density to create a rainbow effect in a glass. Still unsure how it works? When you add sugar to a liquid, it makes the solution more dense. So, the more sugar you add to any liquid, the denser the solution is.

If you have four different liquids that are all different colours and densities, then the colours will layer on top of one other, with the denser, more sugary solutions of the lot sitting on the bottom and the lightest rising to the surface. Watch the look on your kid’s face when the liquids separate from one another!

Make a tornado in a bottle

What will you need?

  • Two bottles
  • A tube to connect the bottles
  • Water

How does it work?

You may need to look up images and instructions online to help you get this experiment set up, but the gist of it is that when you whirl some liquid in the top bottle, it creates a vortex as it drains into the bottle below. That’s because, as the water flows downwards, air must, in turn, flow up. The end result is a spiralling tornado right before your eyes!

To add interest and fun to this experiment, you can add glitter or food dye to the bottle to make the tornado even cooler and colourful.

On the subject of bottles, if you have any bottled fizzy drinks like Coke or Diet Coke, then you can create more fun experiments involving things exploding!

Make Your Own Kids Science Experiments With Food

What will you need?

Take a look in your food cupboard, cupboard, or fridge, for instance, and see if you have any of the following. This will be a good start! A word of warning to the science teacher in command – it could get messy!

  • Food coloring
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Egg shell
  • Marshmallow
  • Raisins
  • Tea bag
  • Dish soap
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste

How does it work?

Much fun can be had with food and other household items (think about products erupting, melting and the fun of inventing recipes!), and you can teach your child about how certain foods are made using a chemical reaction. All you need to do is search the Internet for some baking ideas that you and your family can do together, and usually with these very simple ingredients mentioned.

School Science Project Fair Tips

1. Pick the right project

Firstly, one of the most important science fair projects for kids tips is to try to encourage them to answer a question surrounding something they are interested in. This will ensure that it is child-led and that your child will be as keen as you to get to the bottom of this experiment and find the answer.

You can find details on how to do small Physics experiments at home by using the Internet. Kids love anything cool so why not help them to make slime? Photo credit: RDECOM on Foter.com

2. Don’t do the project for your child!

Many parents tend to jump in and make children’s work cleaner and more presentable, or simply get too involved so that it is no longer the child’s work. Instead, let them do the learning (which will also improve their ability to do scientific research and present their findings in the future) and the work in their own way. Think of yourself as a helpful guide who facilitates the project rather than controls it.

3. Together, choose something age appropriate.

When your child has the freedom to choose their prep, homework or science fair project, then choosing the idea they want to try is important but it must also be vetted by an adult to make sure it’s not too ambitious a feat! Simply make sure your child is capable of completing the steps of the project themselves, with minimal input and supervision from you.

4. Use STEAM ideas

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, and the buzzwork STEAM has ‘stemmed’ from this. STEAM concepts incorporate science projects that crossover into art, math, engineering and more, so be sure to look up ideas online before you march ahead with your science project!

As with most things, you can easily search for inspiration for science projects for kids online by using keywords or relevant questions, For instance, you might like to Google science videos on how to make slime, how does a lava lamp work, how to create a balloon rocket, how to construct simple machines, how to make dancing raisin, what happens when you mix diet coke and mentos, and other ideas for kids.

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