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FREE Science Printable Experiment Instructions

I’ve been busy collating all my science resources into one place so they are easy to find. I’ve now got quite a few printable science worksheets , eBooks and science experiment instructions available, but if there’s anything you’d like that’s not below, let me know and I’ll happily create them for you!

I’ve also got a FREE Super Scientist certificate you can download as a reward for brilliant science!

Super Scientist Certificate

I’d love you to take a look at my science books too! This IS Rocket Science is full of fun and easy space science activities and Snackable Science has 60 edible experiment and tests to try! New for 2020 was Gross Science which contains 60 ooey, gooey and sticky science experiment ideas.

Scroll down to the bottom to see my collection of science worksheets or click on the image or text under the science experiments below to download the experiment instruction sheets for each activity.

Free downloadable science resources

Science experiment instructions.

Baking Soda rocket Instuctions

EGG Experiments

tooth decay experiment

Plant Science Experiments

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Autumn Science Experiments

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Winter Science Experiments – Science Printable Experiments

Snow volcano - just one of the  science printable experiments available on Science Sparks.

Spring Science Experiment Printables

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Summer Science Experiments

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Climate Change Science Activities

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Top 10 Science Experiments for Kids

How many of our top 10 science experiments can you tick off the FREE checklist?

List of 10 of the best science experiments for kids. Children can work through each one, crossing items off the list as they go!

Tray a Day Science Experiments for Kids

The idea behind these activities is that you collect the materials and pop them into a box or tray ready for kids to use! Each activity uses very simple materials and should be easy enough for children to try with only a little bit of help. You can find the whole Tray a Day collection here!

Image of an easy science activity set up in a tray

STEM Challenge Cards

These easy STEM challenge cards are great fun for any time of year. Make sugar cube structures, treasure maps with tea or coffee, fizzy potions and lots more.

EASY STEM Challenges for kids - Free printable

Free Science eBooks

Download one of my FREE science eBooks. There’s Winter Science Experiments, Science for Early Years, Christmas Science Experiments and more coming soon.

Science for Early years

Space Science Worksheets

Download our space science activities  here. There’s a pdf of everything you need for a fun space themed science day .

Coding Club Plan

KS1 Coding Club Plan

Science Worksheets

General science experiment worksheet.

Use this to help write up an experiment. Perfect for Key Stage 1 Science – age 4-7 years.

Key Stage 2 experiment printable. Great science worksheet for key stage 1

Science Experiment Templates

Free printable lab report template

Fairy Tale Science Worksheets

Design a raft for the Billy Goats, grow a bean for Jack and more these these brilliant fairy tale investigation printable sheets .


Book themed science experiments

Alice in wonderland Science Experiments

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE is organized into four courses which include Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. These Worksheets, Study Guides and Vocabulary Sets are designed to help students prepare for higher level science courses, including college study.


Earth science.

Worksheets For Teachers

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Teacher worksheets for your science classes of all grade levels. Whether you are teaching biology, hydrology, botany, or chemistry, or just studying the lives and work of famous scientists in general, each of the following sets of worksheets contains multiple individual reading passages for your students. Two separate answer sheets are associated with each passage. One is a multiple choice worksheet and the other is a short-answer worksheet. Instructors may choose to use either or both question sheets (answer keys are provided for all worksheets). You will find a nice helping of reading in the content area sheets here too. The worksheets span a wide array of topics. The interesting thing is that we always find a way to cover elementary, middle school, and high school topics and leveled work.

Get free worksheets in your inbox, categories of science worksheets, to start getting your worksheets printing away, just scroll down and click on the topic or button., acids and bases.

A great look at the middle and high school level of this Acids and Bases.

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Animal Anatomy

A look at the function of many different parts in different members of the animal kingdom.

We look at questions that many school-aged children have on their minds. The questions are so simple, but many of have them.


These worksheets explore outer space and the things spinning around it.

The fundamental unit of all matter is explored in depth.

Bacteria and Viruses

The super small living things that are almost equally as helpful to humans as they are harmful.

Birds Reading Worksheet

Learn more about our feathery friends.

Cancer Reading Worksheet

When cells begin to divide in an abnormal manner.

Deforestation Worksheet

The Carbon Cycle

We look at all the processes that are involved in recycling this vital element for living things.

Discover the basic units of life.

Organelle Reading Worksheet

Cell Organelles

We look deep into the parts of cells.

Characteristics of Living Things

Meet some of the most primitive and complex organisms on the planet. We discuss the differences between living and non-living things.

Chemical Reactions

When compounds or mixtures come in contact with one another electron transfer can make a ton of different cool things happen.

We look at the study of matter.


Giving things proper names insures that we are all studying the same exact thing.

Collecting Data

Data collection is one of the fundamental processes in this subject area. We work on getting it right the first time.

These magnificent creatures of the past provide a huge wonder in all of us.

Earth Science

One the four main branches. We need to spend some time on understand the planet we inhabit.

Exosphere Worksheet

Earth's Atmosphere

Explore all six layers of this collection of gases that helps keep living things safe and protected.

Earth's Tilt and Seasons

Because the Earth axis is tile it has hug consequences for all parts of the planet.

Earthquake Reading Worksheet


What are all the variables behind these natural disasters?

Investigate how living things interact and share an area of land.

Frederic Clements Worksheet

Ecological Succession

We explore the natural and some unnatural ecological changes to a community over time.

Electricity Explained Worksheet

Electric Circuits

Explore the parts an function of all forms of electric circuits.


The movement of current along a circuit is complex and can be used to our advantage.

Periodic table Worksheet

Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures

We explore all these different classifications of matter and explain the differences for you.

Feelings Worksheet

Do you know how to identify the feelings of others?

Endangered Animals

Examine animals that are rare in nature and often forced to be in captivity to allow the species to continue on.

What is a Farm Worksheet

Farms and Farming

Where does your food come from? Learn how we create most of the human food supply.

Force and Motion

Newton's pesky laws come into play for the first time here.

Forensic Science

The application of all areas that is used as a tool to reconstruct events.

Forms of Reproduction

Survey how different organisms make copies of themselves to keep their species going.

Inspect all the layers of the past and what dead organisms and substances can tell us about that past.

Flying Animals

These aren't your everyday birds, in fact, there aren't many birds in here at all. You would be amazed by some of the animals that can take flight.

What is in your DNA? See how traits are passed on to offspring with this section.

Graphing In Science

An important skill in many disciplines, but we specifically focus on how graphing can be used to help you solve problems.

Food Label Worksheet

Habits that improve our overall health.

The human body is fascinating and we will assess how it works.

Human Senses

You have five of them to help you complete these worksheets.

Teeth Worksheet

Learn how to maintain your health through basic body care.

Arthropods Worksheet

This is really informative for students.

The most extensive network ever put together changed how we communicate for ever.

We have all of the people that shaped history in a major way here in here including: Bell, Biro, Edison, Ginsburg, Ford, Gutenberg, Whitney, Morse, Ben Franklin, The Wright Brothers

Kinetic Reading Worksheet

Kinetic and Potential Energy

Investigate how energy is stored and active in all phases of motion.

Often overlooked, this is how we collect data that will help us better understand what we are examining. It's probably important to know we can do it best and how to stay safe doing it.

Topography Worksheet

What are all the natural features of Earth?

Mitosis and Meiosis

How do body cells and sex cells make copy of themselves? These are the processes you need to know.

Moon Reading Worksheet

Learn all about Luna our only natural satellite.

Disasters Reading Worksheet

Natural Disasters

When chaos strikes Earth, these are usually the culprits.

Motion Reading Worksheet

Newton's Laws of Motion

Students explore the use and function of Newton's Laws of Motion.

North American Animals

There are some animals that often slip our mind and we take for granted that are right in our backyards. We take a look at those animals in this section.

Do you know how all organisms take in food?

We take a look at some really cool critters that are in that big, blue mystery. Includes: Sharks, Whales, Rays, Octopi, Dolphins, Jellyfish, Crabs, Coral, Seals, and Sea Turtles

What lives in the ocean? What are the key dynamics and physics behind oceans? For instance, "Where do waves come from?"

Examples of Osmosis Worksheet

Learn how solute and solvents tend to interact when divided by a membrane.

Periodic Table

A breakthrough that shows how elements have likenesses and differences.

Explore the biology behind our friends that we spend some much time with.

Phases of Matter

We compared various phases of the same substances.

Sun Worksheet


The process that provides the mass of energy for all living things.

The organism that doesn't move much, if ever, but can make their own food. Don't think I'd move much if I could make my own pizza without doing so.


This section tries to answer some common questions that many have about the return of water to planet Earth. These are things that we often take for granted like rainbows.

Did you know that over half of the world's plant and animal species live in rainforest areas, but rainforest only covers 2% of the Earth surface area?

Rocks and Minerals

The treasures of Mother Earth affect life on the planet a great deal.

Science Stories

Reading comprehension sheets to use with your reading in the content area courses.

Scientific Method

The fundamental approach to finding and determining the truth.

Influential Scientists

The revolutionaries who shaped the world and technology as we know it. Einstein, Galileo, Darwin, Newton, Hubble, Maxwell, Kepler, Pasteur, Dirac, and Fischer

Simple Machines

These machines have been used to help humans do work since the dawn of time.

Smart Phones

Those amazing super computers sitting in our pockets right now.

What is Soil Worksheet

Scrutinize the top layer of the Earth's surface that provides home for animals and plant life.

Solar System

Why not learn about things that are out of this world?

Grouping things is the first steps towards for classification.

Sun Reading Worksheet

It gives us warmth. Gives plants and algae food. We explore our nearest star.

Tectonic Plates

A look at the movement of the plates of the Earth.

We use this to better understand landforms.


A look at the various vehicles we use to travel.

Get very detailed with your understanding of these great structures left all over the Earth.

We look at the essential compound of life. We examine the chemistry, commercial, and common properties and applications of Hydrogen Dioxide.

Water Cycle

Look at how water changes form over the course of the planet.

Waves and Light

A look at the movement of light and the paths they take.

Created by the sun and the heat shifts created by warming weather affects all of us every single day.

How To Do Better In Science Class

Science is a daunting subject even for intelligent students. It is not just about the concepts that the scientists have passed down over the years. A good understanding is required for the reasoning behind each scientific theory makes a difference in your results.

What makes science so complex? In a typical textbook, you may find chapters from all branches of science, such as biology, chemistry, and physics. These branches are not just branches; they are whole new dimensions. The deeper you probe, the clearer the bigger picture gets. Studying science requires some extra tips and tricks, unlike other subjects. Here are eight secrets on how to study science effectively.

Seven Tips To Improve In Science At School

1. Go prepared for the class

Science is just like a pandora's box. Each class is essential since every concept is linked to one another. It is a smart move to go to a class with questions that only arise once you have read about it. Always do the assigned reading and extra credit research. It doesn't only boost your confidence in a subject, but also you have a good amount of credits to graduate early.

2. Work on the end of chapter problems

The end-of-chapter problems are extremely crucial; you need to work on each and note how the question is presented to you. Try to work out the problems in a quiet room and have an uninterrupted homework session.

3. Don't run from formulas

Formulas are the basics of science, especially in physics and chemistry. Most concepts end up in the form of a formula. It is easier to remember a formula once you have identified its use, such as the second law of Newton, which states force is equal to the mass times its acceleration, hence making it easier to understand the relation between two quantities.

4. Learn from diagrams

Diagrams are the visual representation of a topic. For example, a series of diagrams of a chromatograph to identify dyes in a mixture can help you visualize the framework behind the movement of the solvents.

5. Reference materials

The internet is a wonderful invention; it has made school easier. You don't need to spend hours in libraries or wait on a book. Everything is just one click away. Reference materials for every chapter can help give you information about the subject matter and show its advancements.

6. Try it out with a study group

Group sessions with the right party can lead to successful outcomes. Just like scientists work as a team to discover a scientific phenomenon, you can study as a team to interpret it. The exchange of ideas and information provides a healthy discussion session and makes you more confident.

7. Peer tutoring

If you want to test how much your memory retains a particular topic, you must opt for peer tutoring. It is a well-tested theory that more clarity about a subject is gained when someone teaches it.

We hope these points added to your study routine & will help you improve in science at school and make you fall in love with the subject.

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High School, Environmental Science Lesson Plans (7 results)

As humans we are part of the environment. With over 7.5 billion of us on Earth, our combined actions also have a big impact on the environment. As long as we are aware of the impact, we can do things as individuals, and working together as groups, to lessen the detrimental impact of billions of people. Explore important topics like air quality, water quality, the effects of climate change, and many others to make informed decisions about caring for our planet.

Explore Our Science Videos

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Ideas, Inspiration, and Giveaways for Teachers

We Are Teachers

70 Easy Science Experiments Using Materials You Already Have On Hand

Because science doesn’t have to be complicated.

Jill Staake

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to get your students excited, it’s a good science experiment! While some experiments require expensive lab equipment or dangerous chemicals, there are plenty of cool projects you can do with regular household items. Regardless of how empty your cabinets may be, we think you are likely to have at least some of these things lying around at home. Watch as your students engineer a bridge, solve environmental issues, explore polymers, or work with static electricity. We’ve rounded up a big collection of easy science experiments that anybody can try, and kids are going to love them!

1. Amplify a smartphone

DIY smartphone amplifier made from paper cups

No Bluetooth speaker? No problem! Put together your own from paper cups and toilet paper tubes.

Learn more: Mum in the Madhouse

2. Send a teabag flying

Empty tea bags burning into ashes

Hot air rises, and this experiment can prove it! You’ll want to supervise kids with fire, of course. For more safety, try this one outside!

Learn more: Coffee Cups and Crayons

3. Taste the rainbow

Skittles form a circle around a plate. The colors are bleeding toward the center of the plate. (easy science experiments)

Teach your students about diffusion while creating a beautiful and tasty rainbow! You’ll definitely want to have extra Skittles on hand so your class can enjoy a few as well!

Learn more: ToucanBox

4. Watch the water rise

Two side-by-side shots of an upside-down glass over a candle in a bowl of water, with water pulled up into the glass in the second picture

Learn about Charles’s Law with this simple experiment. As the candle burns, using up oxygen and heating the air in the glass, the water rises as if by magic.

Learn more: Team Cartwright

5. Set raisins dancing

Raisins floating in a glass of fizzy water

This is a fun version of the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment, perfect for the younger crowd. The bubbly mixture causes raisins to dance around in the water.

Learn more: 123 Homeschool 4 Me/Dancing Raisins

6. Race a balloon-powered car

Car made from cardboard with bottlecap wheels and powered by a blue balloon

Kids will be amazed when they learn they can put together this awesome racer using cardboard and bottle-cap wheels. The balloon-powered “engine” is so much fun too.

Learn more: ProLab

7. Crystallize your own rock candy

Colorful rock candy on wood sticks

Crystal science experiments teach kids about supersaturated solutions. This one is easy to do at home, and the results are absolutely delicious!

Learn more: Growing a Jeweled Rose

8. Make elephant-sized toothpaste

children are seen from the shoulders down standing behind three bottles that are overflowing with red, yellow, and green fluid. (easy science experiments)

This fun project uses yeast and a hydrogen peroxide solution to create overflowing “elephant toothpaste.” You can also add an extra fun layer by having the kids create toothpaste wrappers for their plastic bottles.

Learn more: Steve Spangler Science

9. Repel glitter with dish soap

Square dish filled with water and glitter, showing how a drop of dish soap repels the glitter

Everyone knows that glitter is just like germs—it gets everywhere and is so hard to get rid of! Use that to your advantage and show kids how soap fights glitter and germs.

Learn more: Living Life & Learning

10. Blow the biggest bubbles you can

Girl making an enormous bubble with string and wire (Easy Science Experiments)

Add a few simple ingredients to dish soap solution to create the largest bubbles you’ve ever seen! Kids learn about surface tension as they engineer these bubble-blowing wands.

Learn more: Scholastic/Dish Soap Bubbles

11. Make neon flowers

Eight daisies are shown in different neon colors. The water in the vases they are in are the same color as the daisies. (easy science experiments)

We love how simple this project is to re-create since all you’ll need are some gerbera daisies, food coloring, glasses, and water. The end result is just so beautiful!

Learn more: My Child Care Academy/Neon Flower

12. Build a Ferris wheel

Miniature Ferris Wheel built out of colorful wood craft sticks

You’ve probably ridden on a Ferris wheel, but can you build one? Stock up on wood craft sticks and find out! Play around with different designs to see which one works best.

Learn more: Teachers Are Terrific and eHow

13. Learn about capillary action

Glasses of colored water with paper towel strips leading from one to the next

Kids will be amazed as they watch the colored water move from glass to glass, and you’ll love the easy and inexpensive setup. Gather some water, paper towels, and food coloring to teach the scientific magic of capillary action.

Learn More: 123 Homeschool 4 Me/Capillary Action

14. Demonstrate the “magic” leakproof bag

Plastic bag full of water with pencils stuck through it (Easy Science Experiments)

So simple and so amazing! All you need is a zip-top plastic bag, sharp pencils, and some water to blow your kids’ minds. Once they’re suitably impressed, teach them how the “trick” works by explaining the chemistry of polymers.

Learn more: Paging Fun Mums

15. Design a cell phone stand

Basic cell phone stand made from wood craft sticks, paper clips, and rubber bands (Sixth Grade Science)

Use your engineering skills and items from around the house to design and build a cell phone stand.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Cell Phone Stand

16. Give a balloon face a beard

A pink balloon has a face drawn on it. It is hovering over a plate with salt and pepper on it (easy science experiments)

Equally educational and fun, this experiment will teach kids about static electricity using everyday materials. Kids will undoubtedly get a kick out of creating beards on their balloon person!

Learn more: Go Science Girls/Static Electricity

17. Re-create the water cycle in a bag

Plastic bag of blue water with a sun and clouds drawn on it (Easy Science Experiments)

You can do so many easy science experiments with a simple zip-top bag! Fill one partway with water and set it on a sunny windowsill to see how the water evaporates up and eventually “rains” down.

Learn more: Grade School Giggles

18. Conduct an egg drop

Egg surrounded by paper straws taped into place

Put all their engineering skills to the test with an egg drop! Challenge kids to build a container from stuff they find around the house that will protect an egg from a long fall (this is especially fun to do from upper-story windows).

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy/Egg Drop

19. Engineer a drinking straw roller coaster

Student building a roller coaster of drinking straws for a ping pong ball (Fourth Grade Science)

STEM challenges are always a hit with kids. We love this one, which only requires basic supplies like drinking straws.

Learn more: Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls/Straw Roller Coaster

20. Use apple slices to learn about oxidation

Several apple slices are shown on a clear plate. There are cards that label what they have been immersed in (including salt water, sugar water, etc.) (easy science experiments)

Have students make predictions about what will happen to apple slices when immersed in different liquids, then put those predictions to the test! Finally, have them record their observations.

Learn more: Jennifer Findley/Apple Oxidation

21. Build a solar oven

Solar oven built from a pizza box with s'mores inside

Explore the power of the sun when you build your own solar ovens and use them to cook some yummy treats. This experiment takes a little more time and effort, but the results are always impressive. The link below has complete instructions.

Learn more: Desert Chica

22. Float a marker man

Float a Marker Man on water with sharpie

Their eyes will pop out of their heads when you “levitate” a stick figure right off the table! This experiment works due to the insolubility of dry-erase marker ink in water, combined with the lighter density of the ink.

Learn more: Gizmodo

23. Discover density with hot and cold water

Mason jars connected at the mouths, with layers of colored water

There are a lot of easy science experiments you can do with density. This one is extremely simple, involving only hot and cold water and food coloring, but the visuals make it appealing and fun.

Learn more: STEAMsational

24. Find your way with a DIY compass

DIY compass made from a needle floating in water

Here’s an old classic that never fails to impress. Magnetize a needle, float it on the water’s surface, and it will always point north.

Learn more: STEAM Powered Family

25. Learn to layer liquids

Clear cylinder layered with various liquids in different colors

This density demo is a little more complicated, but the effects are spectacular. Slowly layer liquids like honey, dish soap, water, and rubbing alcohol in a glass. Kids will be amazed when the liquids float one on top of the other like magic (except it is really science).

Learn more: Wonder How To

26. Crush a can using air pressure

Student's gloved hand holding tongs over a crushed soda can sitting in a bowl of water (Seventh Grade Science)

Sure, it’s easy to crush a soda can with your bare hands, but what if you could do it without touching it at all? That’s the power of air pressure!

Learn more: Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls/Can Crush

27. Make homemade bouncy balls

Two children are shown (without faces) bouncing balls on a white table (easy science experiments)

These homemade bouncy balls are easy to make since all you will need is glue, food coloring, borax powder, cornstarch, and warm water. You will want to store them inside a container like a plastic egg because they will flatten out over time.

Learn more: Come Together Kids/Make Your Own Bouncy Balls

28. Build a Da Vinci bridge

Mini Da Vinci bridge made of pencils and rubber bands (Easy Science Experiments)

There are plenty of bridge-building experiments out there, but this one is unique. It’s inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old self-supporting wooden bridge. Learn how to build it at the link, and expand your learning by exploring more about Da Vinci himself.

Learn more: iGame Mom

29. Grow a carbon sugar snake

Giant carbon snake growing out of a tin pan full of sand

Easy science experiments can still have impressive results! This eye-popping chemical reaction demonstration only requires simple supplies like sugar, baking soda, and sand.

Learn more: KiwiCo/Carbon Sugar Snake

30. Create eggshell chalk

Chunk of pink chalk lying on paper towels (Easy Science Experiments)

Eggshells contain calcium, the same material that makes chalk. Grind them up and mix them with flour, water, and food coloring to make your very own sidewalk chalk.

Learn more: Kidspot

31. Make a basic sundial

a large piece of cardboard has a white circle in the center with a pencil standing upright in the middle of the circle. Rocks are on all four corners holding it down.

While people use clocks or even phones to tell time today, there was a time when a sundial was the best means to do that. Kids will certainly get a kick out of creating their own sundials using everyday materials like cardboard and pencils.

Learn more: PBS Kids/Sundial

32. Learn about plant transpiration

Plastic zipper bag tied around leaves on a tree (Easy Science Experiments)

Your backyard is a terrific place for easy science experiments! Grab a plastic bag and rubber band to learn how plants get rid of excess water they don’t need, a process known as transpiration.

Learn more: Teach Beside Me

33. Make naked eggs

Child holding a raw egg without its shell

This is so cool! Use vinegar to dissolve the calcium carbonate in an eggshell to discover the membrane underneath that holds the egg together. Then, use the “naked” egg for another easy science experiment that demonstrates osmosis .

Learn more: Making Memories With Your Kids

34. Make sparks with steel wool

Steel wool on fire in a tin pan (Easy Science Experiments)

All you need is steel wool and a 9-volt battery to perform this science demo that’s bound to make their eyes light up! Kids learn about chain reactions, chemical changes, and more.

Learn more: The Homeschool Scientist

35. Practice stop-motion animation

An image is divided into four separate images. There are small action figures in front of a tablet.

This is the perfect experiment for the budding filmmaker since they can decide on a backdrop, characters (toys), and story. Use a good stop-motion animation app to bring the film to life!

Learn more: Tinker Lab/Stop-Motion Animation

36. Turn milk into plastic

Student scooping plastic fragments out of a mug next to bottle of vinegar and measuring glass of milk (Easy Science Experiments)

This sounds a lot more complicated than it is, but don’t be afraid to give it a try. Use simple kitchen supplies to create plastic polymers from plain old milk. Sculpt them into cool shapes when you’re done!

Learn more: Science Buddies/Milk Into Plastic

37. Levitate a Ping-Pong ball

Student holding the cut off top of a bottle with a straw attached through the lid, with a ping pong ball floating over top

Kids will get a kick out of this experiment, which is really all about Bernoulli’s principle. You only need plastic bottles, bendy straws, and Ping-Pong balls to make the science magic happen.

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy/Floating Ping-Pong Ball

38. Launch a two-stage rocket

Two long balloons turned into a rocket with straws, rubber bands, and binder clips (Easy Science Experiments)

The rockets used for space flight generally have more than one stage to give them the extra boost they need. This easy science experiment uses balloons to model a two-stage rocket launch, teaching kids about the laws of motion.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Two-Stage Rocket

39. Pull an egg into a bottle

Empty bottle next to a bowl of eggs and a cup of matches with a plastic straw (Easy Science Experiments)

This classic easy science experiment never fails to delight. Use the power of air pressure to suck a hard-boiled egg into a jar, no hands required.

Learn more: Left Brain Craft Brain

40. Test pH using cabbage

Test tubes filled with purple liquid (Easy Science Experiments)

Teach kids about acids and bases without needing pH test strips! Simply boil some red cabbage and use the resulting water to test various substances—acids turn red and bases turn green.

Learn more: Education Possible

41. Clean some old coins

Pennies in containers of cola, vinegar and salt, apple juice, water, catsup, and vinegar (Easy Science Experiments)

Use common household items to make old oxidized coins clean and shiny again in this simple chemistry experiment. Ask kids to predict (hypothesize) which will work best, then expand the learning by doing some research to explain the results.

Learn more: Gallykids

42. Clean up an oil spill

Students sit around a table that has a tin pan filled with blue liquid wiht a feather floating in it (easy science experiments)

Before conducting this experiment, teach your students about engineers who solve environmental problems like oil spills. Then, have your students use provided materials to clean the oil spill from their oceans.

Learn more: Science After School Blogspot/Oil Spill

43. Blow up a balloon—without blowing

Two plastic water bottles with inflated balloons attached to the tops (Easy Science Experiments)

Chances are good you probably did easy science experiments like this when you were in school yourself. This well-known activity demonstrates the reactions between acids and bases. Fill a bottle with vinegar and a balloon with baking soda. Fit the balloon over the top, shake the baking soda down into the vinegar, and watch the balloon inflate.

Learn more: All for the Boys

44. Construct a homemade lava lamp

Plastic bottle with blobs of blue oil floating in water

This 1970s trend is back—as an easy science experiment! This activity combines acid/base reactions with density for a totally groovy result.

Learn more:

45. Whip up a tornado in a bottle

Upside-down glass bottle with a water tornado inside (Easy Science Experiments)

There are plenty of versions of this classic experiment out there, but we love this one because it sparkles! Kids learn about a vortex and what it takes to create one.

Learn more: Cool Science Experiments HQ

46. Explore how sugary drinks affect teeth

Four cups of different liquids with eggs floating in them (Easy Science Experiments)

The calcium content of eggshells makes them a great stand-in for teeth. Use eggs to explore how soda and juice can stain teeth and wear down the enamel. Expand your learning by trying different toothpaste and toothbrush combinations to see how effective they are.

Learn more: Feels Like Home

47. Monitor air pressure with a DIY barometer

Homemade barometer using a tin can, rubber band, and ruler

This simple but effective DIY science project teaches kids about air pressure and meteorology. They’ll have fun tracking and predicting the weather with their very own barometer.

Learn more: Edventures With Kids

48. Mummify a hot dog

Two hotdogs, one smaller and darker than the other, on a paper towel (Easy Science Experiments)

If your kids are fascinated by the Egyptians, they’ll love learning to mummify a hot dog! No need for canopic jars ; just grab some baking soda and get started.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Science of Mummification

49. Extinguish flames with carbon dioxide

Series of lit tea lights with a glass pitcher

This is a fiery twist on acid-base experiments. Light a candle and talk about what fire needs in order to survive. Then, create an acid-base reaction and “pour” the carbon dioxide to extinguish the flame. The CO2 gas acts like a liquid, suffocating the fire.

Learn more: Sick Science!/YouTube

50. Make a magnifying glass from ice

A child holds up a pice of ice to their eye as if it is a magnifying glass. (easy science experiments)

Students will certainly get a thrill out of seeing how an everyday object like a piece of ice can be used as a magnifying glass. Be sure to use purified or distilled water since tap water will have impurities in it that will cause distortion.

Learn more: STEAMsational/Ice Magnifying Glass

51. Do the Archimedes squeeze

Child dropping a ball of aluminum foil into a container of water (Easy Science Experiments)

It sounds like a wild dance move, but this easy science experiment demonstrates Archimedes’ principle of buoyancy. All you need is aluminum foil and a container of water.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Archimedes Squeeze

52. Step through an index card

Student stretching out an index card cut into a large rectangle (Easy Science Experiments)

This is one easy science experiment that never fails to astonish. With carefully placed scissor cuts on an index card, you can make a loop large enough to fit a (small) human body through! Kids will be wowed as they learn about surface area.

Learn more: Mess for Less

53. Stand on a pile of paper cups

Child standing on a stack of paper cups and cardboard squares

Combine physics and engineering and challenge kids to create a paper cup structure that can support their weight. This is a cool project for aspiring architects.

Learn more: Science Sparks

54. Mix up saltwater solutions

Glasses of basking soda water, sugar water, plain water, and salt water with red stones in them (Easy Science Experiments)

This simple experiment covers a lot of concepts. Learn about solutions, density, and even ocean science as you compare and contrast how objects float in different water mixtures.

Learn more: Science Kiddo

55. Construct a pair of model lungs

Plastic bottle with pink and black balloons inside, with student pulling a red balloon diaphragm (Easy Science Experiments)

Kids get a better understanding of the respiratory system when they build model lungs using a plastic water bottle and some balloons. You can modify the experiment to demonstrate the effects of smoking too.

Learn more: Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

56. Test out parachutes

Child standing on a stepladder dropping a toy attached to a paper parachute

Gather a variety of materials (try tissues, handkerchiefs, plastic bags, etc.) and see which ones make the best parachutes. You can also find out how they’re affected by windy days or find out which ones work in the rain.

Learn more: Inspiration Laboratories

57. String up some sticky ice

Piece of twine stuck to an ice cube (Easy Science Experiments)

Can you lift an ice cube using just a piece of string? This quick experiment teaches you how. Use a little salt to melt the ice and then refreeze the ice with the string attached.

Learn more: Playdough to Plato

58. Experiment with limestone rocks

Child pouring vinegar over a rock in a bowl

Kids  love to collect rocks, and there are plenty of easy science experiments you can do with them. In this one, pour vinegar over a rock to see if it bubbles. If it does, you’ve found limestone!

59. Recycle newspaper into an engineering challenge

Kids stacking a textbook into a cone of newspaper tubes (Easy Science Experiments)

It’s amazing how a stack of newspapers can spark such creative engineering. Challenge kids to build a tower, support a book, or even build a chair using only newspaper and tape!

Learn more: STEM Activities for Kids

60. Turn a bottle into a rain gauge

Plastic bottle converted to a homemade rain gauge (Easy Science Experiments)

All you need is a plastic bottle, a ruler, and a permanent marker to make your own rain gauge. Monitor your measurements and see how they stack up against meteorology reports in your area.

Learn More: NurtureStore

61. Use rubber bands to sound out acoustics

White plastic cup with rubber bands stretched across the opening (Easy Science Experiments)

Explore the ways that sound waves are affected by what’s around them using a simple rubber band “guitar.” (Kids absolutely love playing with these!)

62. Send secret messages with invisible ink

I Love You written in lemon juice on a piece of white paper, with lemon half and cotton swabs

Turn your kids into secret agents! Write messages with a paintbrush dipped in lemon juice, then hold the paper over a heat source and watch the invisible become visible as oxidation goes to work.

Learn more: KiwiCo/Invisible Ink

63. Build a folded mountain

Pile of layered towels being pushed together between two plastic tubs

This clever demonstration helps kids understand how some landforms are created. Use layers of towels to represent rock layers and boxes for continents. Then pu-u-u-sh and see what happens!

Learn more: The Chaos and the Clutter

64. Play catch with a catapult

Catapult and catcher made from plastic cups, pencils, and wood craft sticks (Easy Science Experiments)

Catapults make fun and easy science experiments, but we like the twist on this one that challenges kids to create a “receiver” to catch the soaring object on the other end.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Ball Launcher Challenge

65. Take a Play-Doh core sample

Layers of Play Doh with holes poked into it

Learn about the layers of the Earth by building them out of Play-Doh, then take a core sample with a straw. ( Love Play-Doh? Get more learning ideas here. )

Learn more: Line Upon Line Learning

66. Project the stars on your ceiling

Student poking holes in the shape of a constellation on the bottom of a paper cup (Easy Science Experiments)

Use the video lesson in the link below to learn why stars are only visible at night. Then create a DIY star projector to explore the concept hands-on.

Learn more: Mystery Science

67. Build a better umbrella

Cupcake liner turned upside-down over wood craft sticks with water being poured over top

Challenge students to engineer the best possible umbrella from various household supplies. Encourage them to plan, draw blueprints, and test their creations using the scientific method.

Learn more: Raising Lifelong Learners

68. Make it rain

Glass jar of water with shaving cream floating on top, with blue food coloring dripping through, next to a can of shaving cream

Use shaving cream and food coloring to simulate clouds and rain. This is an easy science experiment little ones will beg to do over and over.

Learn more: Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station

69. Use water to “flip” a drawing

Drawing of a hand with the thumb up and a glass of water

Light refraction causes some really cool effects, and there are multiple easy science experiments you can do with it. This one uses refraction to “flip” a drawing; you can also try the famous “disappearing penny” trick .

Learn more: Go Science Kids

70. Send a soda geyser sky-high

Students looking surprised as foamy liquid shoots up out of diet soda bottles

You’ve always wondered if this really works, so it’s time to find out for yourself! Kids will marvel at the chemical reaction that sends diet soda shooting high in the air when Mentos are added.

Learn more: Scholastic/Soda Explosion

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Science doesn't have to be complicated! Try these easy science experiments using items you already have around the house or classroom.

Jill Staake is a Contributing Editor with WeAreTeachers. She has a degree in Secondary English Education and has taught in middle and high school classrooms. She's also done training and curriculum design for a financial institution and been a science museum educator. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida where she often works on her back porch while taking frequent breaks for bird-watching and gardening.

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