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Science Projects for Kids

Hands On Science


Our list of science projects for kids provides hours of hands-on science. It's better than computer games; so check out some of the ideas and cool science equipment that will stimulate their thinking


Hands-on science engages the brain.


What kind of science projects will kids find on this page?

We have cool stuff that makes science irresistable.

There are the MatchCard Science Unit Studies which make science a kid's favorite subject.

Check out some science experiments for fun and learning.

Resources for human anatomy are pretty cool too. (We kind of discourage experimenting on siblings though.)



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If you want them to learn art, you provide art supplies. If you want them to learn science give them science gadgets. It's not guaranteed to make physicists out of them, but science concepts will be less foreign if they have used them in real life.

Gyroscope

gyroscope The gyroscope is both a simple gadget and a complex piece of machinery. It's spinning will amaze the entire family, including your dog or cat.

In scientific terms, one could say that the gyroscope is rule by the conservation of angular momentum. Your kids will likely say its controlled by the string they wrap around the center and pull.

So what can you do with a gyroscope. Of course, for starters you have to master wrapping the string and pulling quickly. Takes a little practice.

The gyroscope will spin for several minutes, eventually slowing down from friction and falling over by the force of gravity. Watching it's random behavior as it slows down is entertaining of itself.

Another phenomenon can be observed if you use the small black stand that comes with it. It will rotate at 90 degrees from it's original axis.

And then there are those gyroscope-masters who get it to spin on their finger, on a tight string, or do other tricks.

Long after the battery operated toys and remote control cars are forgotten (or broken), your gyroscope will still be waiting to confound you with it's ability to simultaneously revolve and rotate.

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Idea: Science Projects for Kids with Gyroscope
How much does the speed of pulling the string affect the length of time the gyroscope spins?

You will need a gyroscope, person with a stop watch, and some good mathematical skills to chart this experiment.

Make Your Own Litmus Paper

Diagram of Test Tube Rack That's right, with a simple red cabbage you can create your own litmus paper. Then you can test substances in your house (and outside as well) to see if they are acids or bases.

So grab a cabbage, and make your own litmus paper.

Idea: Science Projects with Litmus Paper
1. Use safe household liquids for this test. These can include: orange juice, milk, water, carbonated water, lemon concentrate, bleach (don't get it on you). Ask people to smell the chemical then guess if they are acids or bases. How accurate are their guesses? Are smell and ph related? (Reminder - don't smell any chemicals unless you know they are safe. For this experiment, you should include a sign indicated that only safe, common household substances are being used.)

2. Check the rain water in your area. Over several months, collect rain that falls and use the litmus paper to test the ph. Does it matter if the rain water set outside longer? What if you collected it before it touched any solid object, or as it was running down the road?

Triangular Prism

prism Prisms are another fascinating science project for kids. Make your own rainbow by letting white light enter one side and refract out the other. Two prisms will allow you to return the rainbow back into a beam of light again. Learn more about using a triangular prism to study the properties of light.

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Idea: Science Projects for Kids with Prisms
Will changing the watt of the light bulb change the rainbow produced by a prism?

You will need a prism, a toilet paper tube with one end covered with black construction paper, and different light bulbs to conduct this experiment.

Is Differentiation Different for Different Ages

Differentiation refers to the ability of a person's nervous system to detect whether one or two objects are touching their skin. If two pinpointws are touching them, but the points are close together, it feels like only one point. This is because there is only one nerve root under the two pins.

Some skin has greater sensitivity, or greater differentiation. You have more nerves in your finger tips and more in your tongue. Therefore, the person is able to differentiate the touch of two pins with them closer together.

Idea: Science Project with the nervous system:
For this experiment, you will need three brave subjects of three different age groups (child, teenager, adult) for a total of nine individuals. See if the point of differentiation (how far apart the two points are when they recognize them as two points) changes with age.

You can also test them on different points: palm of hand, back of hand, fingertips, forehead, and tongue. (Please use new pins on the tongue, okay?)

Fat, Milk, and Color

You won't need to invest much money in this science experiment. Use milk, dish soap, food dye, and a pie pan to determine if the amount of fat in the milk will change the behavior of the hydrophobic/hydrophilic soap molecules. Fun with Fats and Food Dye

Pet Tornado

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Learn how real tornados form with this little bottled wonder. Two different substances (both clear) are contained within the pet tornado. With the right turn of the wrist, your own miniature corialis effect will produce a miniature tornado - right in your hand.

This is one of those science gadgets kids use over and over. However, we have several projects using a pet tornado. There are a number of things you can do with this pet tornado. Instructions are also given for making your own tornados as well.

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Idea: Science Projects for Kids with Pet Tornado
Does the temperature difference of the two substances in a tornado jar change the size or duration of the cyclone?

You will need to make your own pet tornado. Measure and change the temperature of the two substances to see if impacts the size or duration of the tornado. Caution: do not put boiling hot water and ice water into a glass as it may break.

Absorbent Crystals

Absorbent Crystals These synthetic polymers hold 100 to 300X their own size in water. You can do experiments trying to measure what the maximum amount of water the crystals can hold. Try adding food coloring or other liquids for more fun.

If you add just water, you can reverse the experiment and watch how long it takes the water the evaporate and the crystals to shrink to their own size. Yes, that's right, it is reusable and can be used over and over.

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Idea: Science Projects for Kids with Absorbent Crystals
Will lima beans grow faster in the crystals, in soil, or in a 50/50 mixture of both?

You will need the beans (or any other seeds), three containers, soil, crystals, and patience. Use a camera, and a ruler to record your results.

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Science Experiments and Projects

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MatchCard Science: Homeschool Science Unit Studies

MatchCard Science is a hands-on homeschools science unit study curriculum. Check out the 12 MatchCard Science Unit Studies.

Our unit studies include astronomy, botany, zoology, force and motion, light and energy, human anatomy, geology, oceanography, technology, health and safety, weather, and chemistry.



Human Anatomy Resources

Okay, we don't want them dissecting humans, but we have models, puzzles, and games which will make the study of the human body a little more concrete. Check out the materials for human anatomy for kids.


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