Top 10 Summer Science Experiments for Kids

I’m so excited to join up with over 30 bloggers as part of the second annual School’s Out – A Top 10 Summer blog hop!  We’re bringing you over 300 summer activities for fun and learning all week long.  My contribution focuses on summer science experiments for kids, so on with the show . . .

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science experiments for kids to do this summer

Let me begin by saying it was TOUGH to narrow this list down to 10!  If you’re a regular reader of Fun-A-Day, you already know how fond we are of science experiments around here.  What I share on Fun-A-Day is about a tenth of the science fun we actually try out, too!  With that being said, here are our top 10 science experiments for kids to try out this summer.  Engineer helped me decide on the list, so it’s officially “kid-approved”!

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1. COLD CHEMICAL REACTIONS
Let the kids explore chilly science experiments on a warm summer day. A fun way to cool down and learn about science while playing!  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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2. SANDY SCIENCE
The beach is synonymous with summer for me, so let the kiddos add some sand to their science (or some science to their sand)!  Some suggestions:

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3. WEATHER EXPERIMENTS
Learning about the seasons is an important lesson for young children.  Introduce a few summer weather experiments to the kids in playful ways.  Here are some we are going to try this summer:

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4. BUBBLE CONCOCTIONS
What would summer be without bubbles?!?!  Not nearly as fun, that’s what.  Encourage the kids to test out different bubble solutions and bubble wands.  Keep track of their findings in a summer science journal, then compare!  What did the children observe, and what bubble solutions were their favorites?  A few bubble ideas for you:

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5. WATER PLAY SCIENCE
Let the little scientists explore water’s properties in various ways this summer.  Here are some of our favorites:

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6. NATURAL SCIENCE
Science is about observing, questioning, and investigating the world around us.  What better way to do that than outside in nature?  Which of these will you try first?

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7. HOMEMADE CHALK TESTS
Kiddos love getting outside and creating with chalk.  Why not lead them through a science-based exploration of which chalk recipes they like the best?  They can write or draw their observations in a summer science journal, then compare and contrast their findings.  Which recipes were their favorites?

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8. MELTING ICE SCIENCE
Set up science experiments for kids to explore melting ice.  It will cool them down on hot summer days, as well as teach them how ice turns back into water.  Here you go:

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9. FLOAT AND SINK EXPERIMENTS
This oldie-but-a-goodie science experiment allows children to explore how objects interact with water.  It’s fun, but it also touches on the concept of density.  Some variations on that theme:

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10. MESSY SCIENCE
Get messy outside in the name of science!  Why not let the kiddos bring out their inner mad scientists in the summer weather?  It’s a lot easier to clean up the mess outdoors!  See how their favorite play recipes’ ingredients work together to make new substances.  A few ideas for messy science:

What summer science experiments for kids would you add to the list?

Be sure to check out all of the other awesome Top 10 Summer posts this week!
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