For the folk at Westbridge Academy, Battersea

Easy peasy science experiments

I love the idea of doing fun science based experiments with Amber but in reality I am often put off by the effort and mess involved. If you’re the same as me, fear not as I have sifted through lots of these types of activities and selected some really easy ones that you can do with things already in your homes but that will still make your Westbridgers say “wow!”.

Early years:

  • Paper cup bubble machine - bubbles are forever cool and this experiment shows children how they can use a straw as a tunnel to move air from their mouths into the cup and blow bubbles.

  • Skittles kaleidoscope - all you need is a bag of sweets and some warm water to make this amazing kaleidoscope. The tricky part may be stopping your kids from eating the sweets first!

  • Sink or float? - this fun game introduces your little ones to the concept of density. They can choose whatever objects they like and then guess if the object will sink or float.

  • Oil and water experiment - this is a fun way to show how some substances, like oil and water, do not mix together.

  • Rainbow eruption - this experiment demonstrates the magic of chemistry and how mixing certain substances together can make them change and do exciting things like fizzing and erupting!

KS1 and above:

  • The leak proof bag experiement - what happens when you poke sharp pencils through a bag of water? Find out with this fun and exciting experiment!

  • Underwater volcano eruption - this fun experiment demonstrates the fact that hot water rises and cool water sinks.

  • Water cycle in a bag - with a ziploc bag, some water and a sunny window you can create your own mini water cycle.

  • Bouncy eggs - this is so weird but so cool too! This experiment takes 24-48 hrs so the hard part may be the waiting!

  • Grow a rainbow experiment - this one is so simple but really effective! An easy activity which will require very little supervision.

  • Volcano eruption - this classic chemistry experiment using biocarbonate of soda and vinegar is a real blast! In this tutorial they have used modelling clay to make the volcano but you could also use playdough, sand or even make a papermache model to get similar results.

  • Oobleck slime - I really tried hard to not include slime to the list but I just couldn’t resist this really easy and interesting one! Oobleck is different to normal slime - it has both liquid and solid properties so you can slowly dip your fingers into it like liquid but then when you squash it or squeeze it, it will feel solid. I think the kids will love it but I am sorry for the mess!

Hope this inspires you to get a little experimental in your homes!