Kids love science experiments – to them science can seem just like magic! The tricks you can show your children with simple science experiments for kids will get them excited about science and about learning. Amazing science topics to start with could include the following two questions: 1) How are colours made? And 2) What happens when you add bicarbonate soda to a liquid?
Trying some science activities at home with your child is great for their development and will encourage them to take an active interest in science lessons at school. Here are two fun science activities for kids that involve experimenting with colours. Don’t worry if they get messy while playing with colours; Surf excel Liquid Detergent can help you tackle tough stains. Take a peek at the stain removal section for handy advice.
Simple Science Experiments for Kids
Chromatography, the separating of colour mixtures, is a fascinating new concept for your kids to learn through trying out this science experiment for kids. This activity can also be turned into a creative craft making it double the fun! You’ll need:
- Assorted colours of non-permanent markers
- White coffee filters
- A pencil
How to do this simple science experiment:
- Cover the table with newspaper to protect it from any runaway colours.
- Place your coffee filters on top of the newspaper and draw a thick circle on the flat centre of each filter in a different colour marker. Tip: Brown and black will give the most exciting results!
- In the centre of your circles, with a pencil, write the colour that has been used so you can tell what the original colour was later.
- Start with one coffee filter and fold into halves making sure it forms a cone shape.
- Pull out the cone shape and balance it in the top of a cup filled with water. Make sure the tip of the cone just touches the water. Repeat for all your coffee filters.
- Now sit and watch the science happen! As the water begins to seep up the paper the colours will disperse and produce vibrant patterns. Tip: Before you begin this section, get your little ones to guess what colours they think each original colour is made off.
To make this science activity into a butterfly craft to decorate your little ones room with, follow these steps: Once the colours have reached the top edges, unfold the filters and place on the newspaper to dry. When dry, take an individual coffee filter and scrunch it up in the middle – this will become your butterfly’s patterned wings. To make its antennae, wrap a pipe cleaner around the centre. Tie some string to the centre and hang your beautiful creation!
Natural Watercolour Paint from Fresh Flowers
Now for some more fun science with colours! There are certain chemicals within flowers that produce colours. You can show your children the wonder of natural dyes with this science activity. Let them watch in awe as they see colours appear before their own eyes, just from some ordinary flowers and a bit of heat.
- Pick some flowers from your garden or purchase them from your local flower market – the brighter the flower the more vibrant the colour will be.
- Separate the flowers by colour and place each colour into a re-sealable plastic bag – only use the petals, although the stems can be used also to make a bright green.
- Fill a cup with warm water (not tooe hot, in order to avoid any burnt fingers!) and carefully divide the cup of water between the bags.
- Next squish each flower bag with a rolling pin and leave to sit for a couple of hours.
- Now you’ll find your petals and water have transformed into brightly coloured liquids. Empty your homemade watercolours into clear pots so you can see the colours and begin painting!
Did you have fun with these colourful kids’ science experiments? Share with us your experiences in a comment below. And here are some more science experiments for kids that you can try out at home too, enjoy!