"Magic" potions that fizz, bubble, change color, and dissolve are the perfect instruments to get kids interested in science! Here are 5 simple science experiments for little learners, using household ingredients. Done one per day, children have time to discuss results and the theme lasts a week. Children work alone or with a partner to ensure that each child gets hands-on experience. You will need to copy one student booklet per child to record the results of the experiments. Fold each page in half vertically, then staple together at the open ends to make a booklet. Experiment directions are included.
*clear plastic cups
*spoons for mixing
*citric acid (in the spice section of grocery stores)
*lemon juice (or lemon wedges to squeeze)
*food coloring or liquid watercolor
*colored dish soap (like Dawn)
Most of these materials are available at the dollar store.
Since the intended audience is pre- and emergent readers and writers, the instructions are oral and require teacher modeling. Similarly, the student booklet requires children to draw what they see instead of writing. To differentiate, have children who are ready label their drawings with words (for example, "red" or "bubbles").
NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3. CLOSELY SUPERVISE MATERIALS TO PREVENT EATING.
*These are the same experiments included in "Science Experiments for Little Learners."