We're starting a new monthly series on the blog today -- A Year of Simple Science Experiments!
Each month, we'll feature some fun science projects that can easily be done at home or in the classroom.
These hands-on activities will give kids an opportunity to learn about various science concepts and practice their skills in observation, testing and scientific inquiry (yep! asking all those questions is a GOOD thing ;)
All of our kids can use more exposure to STEM activities (science, techology, engineering & math) to peak their curiosity and keep them thinking.
January's activities are all self-contained which means LOTS of exploration with a small chance of messes. They can be done indoors or outside and most have a very easy set-up.
Get ready for -- Simple Science in a Jar!
20 Science Experiments You Can Do in a Jar
Experiments can be done in jars of all sizes -- I use mason jars (here's an affiliate link for more info in case you're not familiar with them) for many of our activities. You can also use empty food jars such as jelly jars, plastic pretzel/snack containers or those nice big pickle jars.
Choose a glass or plastic jar/container that is not tinted; it allows you to view the activity from all angles since they are clear.
Create Your Own Ocean Zones -- I Can Teach My Child
Mix Colors with Walking Water -- Coffee Cups & Crayons
Test Air Pressure with an Egg -- Science Sparks
Watch Grass 'Breathe' -- Parents
Make an Under-the-Sea World -- Edventures with Kids
Observe the Greehouse Effects -- Education.com
Create a Salt Volcano -- What Do We Do All Day?
Make a Cloud in a Jar -- Inspiration Laboratories
Create a Rainbow -- Playdough to Plato
Brew up a Snowstorm -- Growing a Jeweled Rose
Create a Galaxy -- Lemon Lime Adventures
Grow Bean Sprouts -- The Imagination Tree
Learn about Water Displacement -- Happy Hooligans
Conjure up a Tornado -- Juggling with Kids
Explore Chromatography -- Buggy & Buddy
Grow Crystals -- Babble Dabble Do
Observe Worms -- Not Just Cute
Learn about Water Absorption -- Paging Fun Mums
Make Your Own Rainforest -- Hike. Blog. Love.
Test Density: Sink & Float Experiment -- Edventures with Kids
If you're looking for some ready-made science kits, we love these science-in-a-jar kits -- they're especially nice for birthday gifts! Affiliate links are included so you can learn more about each one. And no worries - the 'jars' for these kits are plastic :)
Looking for more Simple Science Experiments? Try these!
Chemistry:How to Blow up a Balloon with a Bottle
Botany/Biology: How Do Leaves Breathe?