Free Science Experiments

Here is a huge assortment of fun and educational science experiments that you can perform at home.  Best of all, they are free and simple, and most only require basic household items.

  1. Glowing Rubber Egg

    Glowing Rubber Egg

    Soak a raw- egg in vinegar and highlighter ink to transform it into a fluoro bouncy ball!

    Suitable for kids aged 4+ with parental supervision

     

    You Need:

    • Raw egg
    • Glass or jar, big enough to hold the egg
    • Vinegar
    • Highlighter ink for highlighter pen (this may require some pliers)
    • Ultra violet torch (otherwise known as a black light)

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  2. ‘Do Not Open’ Water Bottle Prank

    ‘Do Not Open’ Water Bottle Prank

    April Fool’s is coming up! Try this science prank on your family and friends.

    What you need:

    • Plastic bottle with lid
    • Water
    • Permanent marker 
    • Pin or thumbtack

     

    What to do:

    1. Fill a water bottle with water to the top and screw the lid on.
    2. With a permanent marker write 'DO NOT USE'.
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  3. Fizzy, Science Lemonade

    Fizzy, Science Lemonade

    Fizzy, refreshing lemonade that is full of science discovery! 

    What you need:

    • 2 lemons
    • Sugar or any sweetner
    • Baking soda
    • Water

     

    What to do:

    1. Juice 2 lemons.
    2. Add an equal amount of cold water.
    3. Add one teaspoon of sugar or any sweetener
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  4. Balloon Popping Trick

    Balloon Popping Trick

    Can you pop a balloon without touching it?

    Yes you can! All you need to know is the balloon’s secret nemesis- the humble orange (or lemon)! That’s
    right— latex balloons have a major citrus allergy.

    What you need:
    ● Balloon
    ● Citrus fruit


    What to do:

    1. Blow up a latex balloon.

    2. Take a peel from a citrus fruit (orange or lemon will work) and squeeze it hard enough to spray the oil
    from the peel at the balloon.

    OR scratch the zest off or a lemon, making sure you get plenty of zesty oil on your finger (invisible to the
    naked eye) and pop your balloon in front of your friends with a single, light touch- your friends will be
    lost for words!

    3. You’ll see that exposure to the citrus oil immediately pops your latex balloon.

    Why is it so?

    Well, there is a chemical in citrus fruits called limonene, which is a hydrocarbon that is actually used in

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  5. Gripping Rice Experiment

    Gripping Rice Experiment

    Can you pick up a bottle of rice without touching the bottle?

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  6. Growing Sugar Monster

    Growing Sugar Monster

    Grow an amazing sugar monster from common kitchen ingredients! 

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  7. Crystal Christmas Ornaments

    Crystal Christmas Ornaments

    Grow your own pretty crystal ornaments to hang with a solution of Borax.

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  8. The Oobleck Egg Drop!

    The Oobleck Egg Drop!

    Try this awesome combination of two classic science activities - Oobleck Slime and the Egg Drop. The result of this experiment might surprise you! 

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  9. Hatch a Dinosaur out of an Ice Egg!

    Hatch a Dinosaur out of an Ice Egg!

    This activity is perfect for keeping young dinosaur enthusiasts cool on a hot day.

     

    You Need:

    Some small dinosaur figurines (or other animals that hatch out of eggs, such as lizards or birds)

    Some round balloons (not water balloons)

    Scissors

    Some toy tools, or other safe objects for breaking or melting ice

     

    What To Do:

    Stretch a balloon carefully around the figurine, taking extra care not to puncture it with any spikes or claws. (Water balloons are too thin and can break at this point).

    Place the opening of the balloon over the end of a tap. Turn the tap on gently and fill the balloon with enough water to surround the figurine.

    Seal the balloon and place it gently in the freezer overnight.

    When your ‘ice egg’ is completely frozen, use the scissors to remove the balloon.

    Place the egg in a tray with appropriate tools,  and invite your young dino-e

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  10. Use Chemistry to Hatch a Dinosaur Egg!

    Use Chemistry to Hatch a Dinosaur Egg!

    Got a dinosaur enthusiast at your place? Make a dinosaur egg they can hatch with a chemical reaction!

     

    You Need:

    A packet of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda, from the supermarket)

    Some food colouring

    Mixing Bowl

    Water

    Gloves

    Small dinosaur figurines (or other animals that hatch out of eggs, such as lizards or birds)

    Baking tray with a sheet of baking paper or foil to line it

    Vinegar in a small cup or bowl

    Pipette (eye dropper) or small spoon

     

    What To Do:

    Pour the sodium bicarbonate into the mixing bowl.  Put on the gloves, then add a little water and a few drops of food colouring. Mix with a spoon or your hands to form a mouldable paste, adding more water if necessary.

    Take a handful of the paste and mould it into a small bowl that you can place a figurine inside. Place more paste on top of the figurine and mould into an egg shape, ma

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