Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers
Science is so much fun when learnt through practical experiments. For your little ones, we are here with some brilliant ideas on easy and cool science experiments for toddlers, which you can enjoy doing at home.
Given below are the pros of performing experiments at home followed by several basic science experiments.
Benefits of Science Experiments for Toddlers
- It develops problem-solving skills in children.
- Science experiments make them more aware of their environment and its elements.
- It develops more curiosity in kids.
- It enables kids to come up with unorthodox ideas and creativity.
- Science experiments allow children to explore and use a wide range of objects and offers them a first-hand experience of how things work.
- Understanding the theories becomes way simpler when children already have seen the same processes happening practically in front of them.
Best Science Experiments for Toddlers
1. Glitter Vs Soap
What you would need: glitter, liquid soap and a container.
Fill a container with water and put some glitter on it. Pour some liquid soap at the centre of the container and watch the glitter move away from the centre of the container.
This is how soap particles are repelled by glitter particles.
2. The Magic Behind
What you would need: a glass bottle, paper, a pen/a pencil and a table.
For this experiment, you would need to write a number, for example, 108 on paper and paste the paper on a wall.
Bring a table in front of that wall and put a glass bottle filled with water in such a way that the bottle is in front of the wall.
Look at the glass bottle and try to read what is written on the paper. You would see “801” and not “108”!
3. The Power of Concentration
What you would need: a magnifying glass, paper and a sunny day!
Please note that this experiment strictly needs to be carried under the guidance of an adult.
In this experiment, we shall see how the concentration of the rays of the sun at one point can burn paper!
All you need to do is place a magnifying glass in front of a piece of paper such that the sun is behind the magnifying glass.
Now, move the magnifying glass and ensure that a little circle forms on the paper kept on the floor. After a while, you will see some smoke coming out of the paper and the centre of the paper begins to darken and if kept in the same way for a longer period of time, the paper would start to burn!
4. Making colorful bead-like structures with oil and water
What you would need: vegetable oil, food coloring, glass, spoon, water and droppers.
For this super colorful activity, you would need to put water in 4 glasses. In these glasses, pour in different food colorings (or you can also use liquid watercolors) and stir them with the help of the spoon. Put droppers in each of these glasses.
Now, fill half of another glass with the vegetable oil. Put drops of the colored water from different glasses into this glass. You would see that these drops form bead-like little structures and don’t get dissolved in oil.
Oil and water never mix or dissolve in each other.
5. Fun with liquids
What you would need: cylindrical glass or jar, honey, corn syrup, liquid soap, water and vegetable oil.
Watch kids get amazed at this brilliant experiment in which they would see liquids forming layers on top of each other.
Ensure that you pour in the liquids at the centre of the cylindrical glass. Honey, corn syrup and liquid soap should not touch the sides of the glass.
First of all, pour some honey into the glass and let it settle. Next, pour some corn syrup slowly and let that settle too. Then, pour some liquid soap on top of the corn syrup and let that settle.
Now, pour some water from the inner wall of the glass using a dropper. Let it settle.
Next, use the dropper to put a layer of vegetable oil from the inner wall of the glass on top of the layer of water. Let the layer of oil settle.
And, there you have got a glass with multiple visible colorful layers!
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