Science is such a fun subject for a lot of kids. One of the areas that is universally covered in school is the cycle of life and how things change and grow. Keep reading to see which easy at home science experiments you can do to satisfy those curious minds.
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Having Fun with At Home Science
Currently many of us are teaching our kids at home through distance learning. It is certainly a different way of getting an education for those used to a classroom setting, but pretty amazing that we have the technology for teachers to reach our kiddos the way that they are.
That being said the normalcy of the school year is not what we are experiencing. However, as parents who are doubling as schools teacher we are all trying our best to give our kids a stable and fun “classroom”.
So when my third grader expressed his disappointment over not getting to dissect owl pellets as they had planned to do in class, I wondered if it was something we could do anyway.
Sure enough I was able to order a kit so that he could still get his hands on science in the comfort of our home.
After that I began to look for more experiments and activities that he and my other school age kids could engage in.
Here’s what I found:
Teaching About Life: Science Experiments To Do At Home
This is the activity that my son was so excited about. The kit comes with six owl pellets for kids to dissect. They can search for bones and learn about owls through the free e-bone charts and owl e-book. This activity also teaches about the food chain and animal habitats.
My kids have done this project in a Ziplock bag but I thought using a jar was even better. Plus, its a great way to reuse a food jar rather than tossing it in the recycling bin right away.
My kids have all been able to do this one in preschool or kindergarten. However, having it at home lets them watch the transformation even closer. This activity helps kids to understand the life cycle of a butterfly and how living things change and adapt.
Here’s another one that is easy to do at home with supplies you already have. By building a habitat for roly polys kids can learn about the bugs environment, activity, and how to document their research. The article has some additional facts and a downloadable observation chart.
The Botany kit above lets kids build their own green house, grow plants from seedlings, and conduct experiments to learn more about plants cells, how they grow, and more!
This past Easter we got my daughter a fairy garden like the one below and she loves it. Everyday she waters her plants and enjoys watching them grow and mature.
This one will help kids learn how plants use water and its pretty cool to see how the colors appear in the flowers to create a rainbow bouquet. You can have your little scientists write down their prediction of what will happen and see if they are right.
With a ladybug environment kids can watch the life cycle of a ladybug. The kit comes with live ladybug larvae and all the food they need to grow in their personal observation dome.
Here’s a simple way to learn about animals who live in colder climates. It’s easy to do and you probably already have everything at home to find out how polar bears and penguins stay warm in those frigid temperatures.
This is a great experiment to do when kids want to learn about helping the earth and how food can be put back into the soil. It does take a while for changes to occur so I suggest taking pictures each week to see the progress your compost in a bottle is making. Who knows, maybe this science project will be your inspiration to create a full sized compost in your backyard.
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Hi, I’m Megan, the creative voice behind DIY Detectives. Within these pages you will find bits and pieces of my life as a wife to a former Marine and a mom to five kiddos. I love sharing tips, trips, and tutorials of all the things we take on at home. After all, life in general is just one big DIY project.
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