Monday, July 20, 2015


Top 10 Back to School Science Experiments and Activities

I love back to school time!  And, I love to start a new school year out with a science project bang!  Exciting and puzzling science experiments capture the kids' curiosity and energy and engage them in the learning process right at the start of the year.

So, I thought I'd share some of our favorite science activities from the last couple years.  Any of these would be a fantastic way to start out a day, week, or year of school!  I have even more challenges and puzzles planned, but these have captivated hundreds of kids in my classrooms, daycare, and parties throughout the years.  You can follow any of these activities by letting your kiddos do their own experiments, having a group discussion, or journaling/writing about the activity or their reaction.

First, of course, "Elephant Toothpaste!"  This is has been a favorite for years, and is always one of the most popular experiments on this blog!

The Diet Coke and Mentos Geyser is hard to beat for an impressive reaction!

The Sparkly Explosion is super easy to pull off and kids love to help put it together!

Milk Fireworks are on a smaller scale, but they make such a fun reaction that everyone loves it!

Frozen Water Magic Science takes some precision planning, but it is absolutely stunning to see liquid water freeze right before your eyes!

You may want to step outside for the Burping Bags, but it is totally worth it!

These rockets should also be outside, but won't want to miss them!

This electricity lab is so captivating that you can do it with kids 2-12!

Nut and bolt sculptures can also be built at desks and also appeals to a huge age range!

And finally...Bubble Science is incredibly fun with pumpkins, but you could also use apples!

And if you're planning more science projects and activities, be sure to check out our Science'll find over 100 fantastic science experiment ideas!!

How do you like to start your Back-to-School season?  I'd love to hear about your plans!

We also have a great collection of Back to School ideas from a group of fantastic bloggers!  Be sure to check out these ideas:

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Top 10 Back To School Printables from The Pleasantest Thing
Top 10 Tips for a Stress Free Back To School Organization from Words n Needles
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I may share at any of these parties!

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Terri Steffes said...

Awesome fun!! I love these and will be posting on my FB page! Hope you have a great day!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Terri, Thanks so much for sharing them! You totally made my day!!