How to Find Science Experiments for Kids

Kids of all ages are always curious about how the world works, why things are the way they are, or how stuff works. By engaging their attention with a fun science experiment, you can help them understand the world around them, and hopefully have fun at the same time. Unless you’re a teacher or scientist though, it might be tricky to know what experiments are best, what materials you need, or what to look for in an experiment. Luckily, if you know where to look, you just might have access to lots of great kids science experiment ideas in places you visit everyday.

Public libraries or school libraries often carry books geared toward children full of fun and age appropriate projects. Be sure to look for one with good instructions and pictures to help you along. Your child’s teacher or science teacher might also be a great resource for finding a science experiment. Asking a teacher is also a good idea, as they might be able to help you find a kids science experiment idea that is relevant to what your child’s class is studying in science at that time. Finally, the internet has many websites geared toward science experiments for kids. Searching for kids science experiments will yield tons of helpful results, many of which are free like the science project guides you can find at  http://www.24hourscienceprojects.com/guide.pdf  Remember to have fun by doing a project your child is interested in, and always be safe!

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Fun Science Projects

Don’t look now, but it’s science fair time – time to search for those fun science projects…that also have to be educational. They’re not easy to find, but they do exist. Here are some wildly fun science projects. Some of these are so cool that you’ll do them later just for the fun of it!
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Finding a fun science project isn’t impossible. Whether you’re looking for an experiment or a demonstration, there are some great ideas that don’t cost a lot, are easy to do, and will teach your child basic scientific practices. We have four sons, and over the years we’ve done more projects than we can count. Here are some of our boys’ favorites:

• Find out which citrus fruit has the most Vitamin C? Make a solution with iodine and starch (it’s EASY to do!), and test different kinds of citrus juices to see which contains the most vitamin C.

• Take the shell of an egg – without boiling it. This wildly fun project is so cool you’ll do it over again for the sheer fascination of it! Soak a raw egg in vinegar, and the shell will come off. The egg membrane is so tough that the shell-less egg will bounce!

• Show how yeast gives of gas. Place a yeast and sugar solution into a bottle, put a balloon on top, and watch the yeast have so much gas that the balloon blows up!

• Watch static electricity work. Grab your wool socks, make a little piece of aluminum foil bounce between your finger and a pie plate.

• Use toy cars to find out about friction! Set up a hot wheels track, and find out how far they will roll across different floor surfaces.

• Are two ears better than one? Hide a ticking clock in a room, and send your friends in to find it – half using both ears, and half with one ear blocked with a cotton ball. (Birthday party idea?!)

These science projects are part of all the fun science projects in the 24 Hour Science Project package. They are easy to design on your own, visit 24 Hour Science Projects to find out how to purchase step by step instructions for each.

Elementary Science Projects

elementary science ProjectsElementary School teachers almost always require students to do at least one science project before they finish the fifth grade. Elementary science projects are easy to find, but finding the right project for your child can be a challenge. Here are five hints to help you find the best project for your grade school child.

1. Find out what type of project your science teacher requires. There are many types of projects, and most elementary schools give a range of choices. Does your teacher want an experiment, a demonstration, a collection, a report, or a model? Knowing what kind of project you need will narrow down your choices considerably.

2. Make a list of things that interest your child. What subjects catch your child’s eye on television or in books – space, animals, buildings, computers, explosions? Does your child need instant gratification? Consider a chemistry experiment with dramatic results, such as “Which Fruit has the Most Vitamin C?” Is your child concerned about the environment? Find out which toilet tissue is most biodegradable, or which type of insulation works best.

3. Set your budget for money – and time. If you don’t have a lot of money to invest, and if your time is limited, there is no need to look at anything that requires special metals to be imported from the Far East. Decide on how much cash you’re willing to spend, and create a generous time line for getting supplies. Keep in mind that you have to actually do the project after the supplies arrive.

4. Keep in mind that this is a science project for elementary school. Don’t choose a project with complicated instructions. You want your child to do the project with your help – and not the other way around.

5. Provide four or five science project choices. Ever notice how it takes longer to decide on an ice cream flavor when there are 31 flavors? Give your elementary school child a limited list of science project choices, and you’ll both be happier.

Parents, get a free guide to science projects– including how to find experiments with step by step instructions – at Elementary Science Projects.

Our project guides are easy and fast, and will help you submit an outstanding – and maybe winning – science project for elementary school.

What Grade Level is This Science Project?

Blue Ribbon at the Science Fair

Blue Ribbon at the Science Fair

“My son has a science project due next week and we need help. He’s in the third grade. Are the 24 Hour Projects 3rd grade level? If not, do you offer any at that level? Thanks.”

We often get this question about our projects. The answer is almost always, “Yes, you can use our project guides for your child’s grade.” With few exceptions, our guides can be adapted for use for any grade in elementary through middle school. The references we provide are on several levels – from very elementary to more complicated. The science experiments themselves are all very easy to do; the explanations that go on your display board must be grade appropriate.

Fast and Easy Science Projects

“Fast and Easy Science Projects!” It sounds like an infomercial on late night television. What it is, however, is the desire of every mom who has faced the looming deadline of a science fair.

Most science projects aren’t fast, and if they’re too easy, the teacher won’t accept them. Kids have great ideas, but most of the time they aren’t appropriate. They either won’t work, are too expensive, take months to do, require materials from outer space, or they don’t follow the scientific method. So it’s up to the parent to try and find a science project.

One year one of my boys decided that for his science project, he wanted to test which metal conducted heat the best. The teacher loved the idea. And, frankly, so did I, until we tried to find five samples of different metals. Talk about expensive! We finally found a metallurgist who was able to help us. We developed a testing method that involved wax and our stove. The project worked, but our stove still has wax scars ten years later…

The science projects guides in 24 Hour Science Projects aren’t like that. The project guides were developed from experiments that were easy, were fast, that worked, that didn’t break the bank, and that the teacher liked. Try them out. We promise – all five of the guides really are for fast and easy science projects.

The Science Project Idea that Made Us Rocket Scienctists

For many years, no matter how hard we tried, every time we came up with a science project idea, it was rejected. The teacher thought it was too easy or too hard, it didn’t follow the scientific method or our sample wasn’t big enough. The science project idea that we thought was terrific was a failure before it was even done.

So we’d visit the library, and discover that every science project idea in the books was either too hard or too easy, needed supplies that had to be ordered from Outer Mongolia, or was on a topic that didn’t interest our boys. To make matters worse, most of the science project books were full of demonstrations, and our school science fair demanded experiments. The internet wasn’t much better. Whose idea was it to require a child to do a science project anyhow?!

Finally, one year we hit on a science project idea that worked. We could find the supplies, we could get the science experiment to work, we could graph the results and find lots of research material. Best of all, our teacher though that it was a great science project idea, too! I can’t remember if we won at the science fair; just being able to find a project that was approved on the first try made it a winner in my book.

The following year, with a bit of experience (and confidence!) under our belts, it was easier to come up with a science project idea. We felt like rocket scientists when our project idea was accepted once again on the first submission!

We know that we’re not the only family that has a hard time finding a viable science project idea. Since we’ve done it all before, we decided to take our best science project ideas and make them available to others. We chose five projects and made them into a package of science project guides that we sell online at www.24hourscienceprojects.com. Each science project idea has step by step instructions, preformatted charts and graphs, reference helps, and easy to find supplies.

We’ve been in your shoes – in fact, we’re still in them, because our boys still have to come up with a yearly science project idea. You can take a look at our project guides at www.24hourscienceprojects.com. Our projects may mean that you won’t have to be a rocket scientist to come up with a great science project idea!

Twenty Five Science Projects & We STOPPED Counting

One year I decided I would do a science project called “Do Science Projects Cause Maternal Insanity?” That was the year we sent one of our sons to the neighbor’s house to do his science experiment. It was one of the years that each of our four boys had to do science projects.

Thirty five years ago, when I was in elementary school, it was easy to do a science project. You made a trip-tik science board out of a cardboard box, hand wrote your topic and procedure, then made a model of a volcano or made an egg squeeze into a bottle. Your teacher had never heard of the scientific method, and your mother never even knew your science project was due.

Those were the good old days. Now, children are expected to choose a science project topic, submit a proposal, form a hypothesis, perform an experiment with three trials, graph and chart the results, develop and present an abstract, give an oral report, and pretend they did all this without help from parents.

It really is enough to drive a mother insane.

But smile, mom! You’ve discovered a secret weapon to help you conquer the dreaded science project. If you’re at this blog, you’ll find it easy to click over to 24 Hour Science Projects and sign up for a free copy of “The Non-Scientist Parent’s Guide to Science Fair Projects”, a guide that will answer almost every question you have about doing a science project with your child.

We’ll help you as you choose the perfect science project, wade through the odd vocabulary, deal with the scientific method, and design an award winning science board.

And the great thing is that you’ll find out that your science project really can be done by your child, with you as a teacher and a guide.

The 24 Hour Science Project Blog

Science projects are a big part of most elementary and middle school science programs. Most schools require that a student either participate in a science fair or do a science demonstration for their class. Whatever the assignment, science projects can be stressful on the parent! Deciding on a project topic, choosing the science experiment, gathering the supplies, conducting the research, keeping a science log, preparing the display board…it’s a lot!

Welcome to the first blog post for 24 Hour Science Projects! In this blog, I’ll be sharing the science project experiences of some of our customers and friends.

Our family has four sons, and we used to struggle year after year with out science projects. But a funny thing happened on the way to the science fair. Over the years, we discovered some science projects that were easy and fun to do, but that satisfied the strict requirements of the science fair – and our science teachers. We put these projects together into a package called 24 Hour Science Projects. We have sold our science project packages to thousands of students and parents, helping them have learn and have fun, avoiding the frustrations that often go along with a science project.