At-Home Science Laboratory Experiements and Ideas for Kids
Science experiments are a wonderful way to learn about physics, chemistry and biology in the world all around us. Many experiments are easy enough that kids can do them at home too, with their parents’ supervision, of course! A good way to learn from your experiments is to always make notes of the methods used and the results. Remember that science experiments are not only for kids. Many adults also work as scientists and perhaps you could too in the future if you love science. This article will help to inspire ideas on how to set up your own lab and perform many fun and educational experiments.
LABORATORY SAFETY RULES
When doing experiments, it is important to always remember certain safety rules to keep yourself and others safe, as well as the surrounding area. Always ask an adult to supervise the experiment. In case there are difficulties with the experiment or if anything goes wrong, they can help to fix it. Don’t forget personal safety as well, and always wear a lab coat, gloves and goggles while working. As an exercise to remember important lab safety rules, make a large chart listing the main rules and guidelines. Stick the chart on the wall of your laboratory and have a look at it quickly each time before starting a new experiment.
CREATE YOUR OWN SCIENCE LAB
Creating a science lab at home is a great way to assign a dedicated space for all types of kids’ science experiments, which tend to get messy at the best of times. A home science lab can be in a small corner of the house, in the basement or it can even be created by converting a playroom (see last link in this section). Apart from standard lab equipment and containers, keep the lab stocked with protective wear for the budding scientists and plenty of cleaning supplies such as garbage bags, diluted cleaning solutions and paper towels. It would be best if there is a sink and faucet in the lab space or at least very close to it. Keep a fire extinguisher in the lab area at all times, in case of any accidents with flammable materials.
EXPERIMENTS AND IDEAS
There are tons of different types of science experiments to try! All of the science ideas below involve household items or things that can easily be found around the home. Remember to ask your parents or siblings before using any of their belongings in an experiment. Keep a notebook to help keep track of the results and perhaps also a disposable camera to photograph each experiment. The great part about science is that just about anything can be an experiment. Think about fields of science that interest and excite you. It could be as diverse as life in the ocean, electricity, bugs, parts of the human body, crystals, weather or the environment.
SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS
One of the key things to remember when working on a science fair project is to start planning in advance. Make a list of all the materials needed and collect them early on. Don’t forget to include materials for displays where you can attach explanations, pictures, graphs or charts to help other students understand the experiment. Invite viewers to answer questions about the experiment or ask them to guess what might happen next. Above all, have fun with science!
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