Step aside, atom mobile. Get out of here, basic volcano experiment. We’ve rounded up some way more exciting science projects that get kids hands-on and eager to learn about electricity, the environment and more.
These 10 Pinterest science projects not only provide perfect learning opportunities for kids — some of them are also truly stunning DIYs. From exploding paint and homemade robots to growing crystal rainbows and learning about the five layers of the ocean, it’s time to get your science on, kids.
1. Homemade wigglebot
With just a red Solo cup, some markers, batteries, a craft stick and a few other supplies, kids can build themselves a robot that vibrates, spins and draws when set on a piece of paper.
2. Glowing & exploding art
Anything that involves explosions is sure to elicit plenty of oohs and aahs from kids. This particular experiment involves creating glow-in-the-dark bags and watching them slowly expand and explode all over paper, creating a mesmerizing piece of art.
3. Walking rainbow
This experiment provides a fantastic opportunity to teach kids about capillary action and nature‘s processes as they watch water travel through paper towels dipped in Mason jars. At the end of the lesson, you can marvel at how pretty the colors are.
4. Layers of the ocean habitat project
Want to teach kids about the five layers of the ocean, how light travels and marine animals? This project is great for kids of all ages and allows them to construct their own ocean layers with just a few supplies.
5. Flower experiment
Kids can watch plain white flowers transform into a rainbow-hued bouquet — with the help of a little food coloring.
6. Rainstorm in a jar
Make “glowing rain” with this rainstorm-in-a-jar experiment that teaches kids about weather using shaving cream, neon paint and water.
7. Play dough circuits
Bet the kids didn’t know that play dough could conduct electricity — actually, you probably didn’t either. This fun experiment teaches about circuits, complete with light-emitting diodes and play dough.
8. DIY crystal geode eggs
Teach kids about how geodes form simply by using eggshells, alum (or Borax), dye and a few other materials.
9. Giant crystal rainbow
Another crystal science project, this one also uses Borax to form beautiful crystals, leaving kids with a giant sparkling rainbow to put on display.
10. Rainbow paper
Kids can learn about thin-film interference with this rainbow paper experiment using nail polish, water and paper. The paper changes color depending on how it is tilted and how the light hits it.