With the current virus that is affecting the world, you may find yourself spending more time with your kiddos at home. While Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center is still open for the time being, we know that besides school, your children may not be taking part in a ton of activities currently. While it can be hard to be cooped up with kiddos all day, we wanted to help!

You can play only so many board games and do so many crafts before everyone loses interest, and it may be too cold to head to the park or play in the backyard. Luckily, there are so many fun things that you can do to keep your kids entertained. While we have given you some ideas for crafts in previous blogs, we wanted to switch it up a bit.

In this blog, we are going to talk about some fun science experiments that you can do with young kids! These experiments are fun, easy, and exciting. Read on to learn more and contact Yellow Brick Road today with any questions you may have.

DIY Lava Lamps

Lava lamps used to be a cool bedroom decoration that you likely had in your own childhood room. They were fun to watch but they are even more fun to make! This is a simple science experiment that your kiddos will love.

For this experiment, you will need:

  • Clear jar or cup
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Food coloring (bright or primary colors)
  • Original Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Cups

Have your child pick the color they want to use for their lava lamp and start by adding their food coloring to half a cup of water. Each of your children can have their own clear cup. You can use mason jars, vases, or just a small cup.

Take an Alka-Seltzer tablet and break it into smaller pieces and set them aside for now.

Next, fill your lava lamp cups about ¾ full with the vegetable oil. Pour your colored water into each cup, leaving about one to two inches at the top of the cup, this will help ensure that your experiment doesn’t overflow!

Everyone knows that water and oil do not mix, and food coloring is water-soluble, which is why the oil doesn’t change colors too. Now you have colored water floating around in a glass. While this is already pretty neat for your children to see, adding the Alka-Seltzer tablets will make it even more fun!

Have your children put some of the Alka-Seltzer pieces into their cups. These pieces will react with the water to create carbon dioxide bubbles, which attach themselves to the blobs of colored water and rise to the top of the cup. At the top of the cup, the bubbles will pop and the color blobs will fall back to the bottom. You can have your child add some more Alka-Seltzer pieces as one slowly becomes less active.

This is a fun and simple experiment that will keep your children entertained and help them learn something new!

Color Changing Flowers

Do you know that you can color flowers with food coloring and water? This is a fun experiment that your kiddos will absolutely love!

For this experiment, you will need:

  • White carnations
  • Food coloring
  • Clear cups
  • Water
  • Scissors

Start by filling your cups with water, you will only need to fill them about half full. It is best to use shorter cups rather than tall ones, so the flowers fit better. Add a different color of food coloring to each cup. We suggest using about 10 to 15 drops to each cup and then stirring.

Take your white carnations and cut the stems. You will want to cut the stems so that they fit in the cup so that the flower is sticking out above the rim of the glass and the stem is touching the bottom.

Let your kiddo place one or more white carnations in each of the cups with the colored water. This is a fun experiment because the results are not instant, so your children will be excited as they wait to see the results. In a few hours check the flowers.

You will begin to notice colored streaks on the petals! You can leave your experiment for a few days to really see fun results. Each day your flowers will become more and more vibrant as they drink up the colored water! This is a fun experiment that will keep your children interested for a few days and can teach them about how flowers drink water!

Rain Cloud Jar

Rainy days can lead to the kids being stuck inside with nothing to do. But it doesn’t have to be that way! This rain cloud jar experiment is fun and entertaining for your young kiddos!

For this experiment, you will need:

  • A large jar
  • Shaving cream
  • Gel food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Droppers
  • Water
  • Small cups

Start by mixing the food coloring in with some water in the small cups. You can use multiple colors or just one, let your kids pick! Be sure to make a cup for each color. Add a dropper to each of the color cups.

Fill your large jar with water until it is about ¾ full. When your children are ready to do the experiment, spray a bunch of the shaving cream in the jar. The shaving cream will float on the water. Add shaving cream until some of it is sticking out of the top of the jar.

Have your children pick the color they want to add to the cloud and have them fill their dropper and then squirt the color onto the top of the shaving cream. Have them repeat this two or three times. Make sure they are watching the bottom of the cloud as well!

Eventually, the colors will begin to leak through the bottom of the shaving cream cloud into the water below, making it look like colorful rain!

As your children add color to the shaving cream, it will saturate it and become heavy. When the color is too heavy in the cloud, it will seep through the bottom, creating the raining effect! This is a great way to teach your children about rain and weather!

These are only a few of the many fun and simple science experiments that you can do with your young children during days spent inside and weekends spent at home. Try these out the next time your children are bored and want something fun to do! Chances are you will have fun doing these experiments just as much as they will.

Our team at Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center knows that it can be hard trying to keep your kids home for long periods of time. Hopefully, these experiments can help you plan some fun activities and inspire even more science experiments!

With locations in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and Minnetonka, you can find the child care center that is near you! Contact us today with any questions you may have.