Learning STEM: 5 Fun Indoor Science Experiments for Kids
We’ve posted cool science experiment ideas on Learning Liftoff before, but now we’re featuring five fun science experiments that promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Sometimes, the best way to learn is by doing, so why not try these experiments with your kids to supplement their important STEM education? I remember Bill Nye sparking my interest in the world around me and how it ticks when I was in school and, in the same way, these experiments may help develop a budding scientist in your child. If you’re stuck inside during these cold months and need even more fun ideas, you can check out these LEGO experiments, too!
Build a LEGO Electric Motor
This one involves a bit more effort, but the payoff is very cool and it’s a great idea for any upcoming science fair. Using regular LEGO blocks, magnets, and wire you can create your own working electric motor.
Build a Baking Soda-Powered Boat
(via Science Sparks)
Here’s a simple experiment you can do with items you probably already have in your home. Believe it or not, you can create a water bottle boat that powers itself with baking soda and vinegar.
The Non-Popping Balloon
(via YouTube – The Telegraph)
As this one requires fire, it’s probably one you’ll want to demonstrate for your child as they assist (like “glamorous Daisy” in the YouTube video). The result is very cool—how can you keep a balloon from popping when met with a flame?
Egg in a Bottle
A tried-and-true classic you may remember from your own childhood, this experiment shows how you can get an egg into a bottle using heat. (Again, this one requires fire, so you’ll want your little scientist to assist and observe.) Teacher and science-toy designer Steve Spangler has been on The Ellen Show many times showcasing his fun science experiments, so check out some of his other videos!
Make Your Own Snow
If you’re in a climate that doesn’t get snow, get your kids together and create your own mini-blizzard. This one is easy enough for little ones, but can be messy, so be sure you’re never too far away from the experiment or you may be cleaning up snow for months!
Be sure to share your photos and video of your little scientists on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or in the comments section via Facebook. Do you have any favorite indoor science experiments? Share your ideas in the comments below!
Liz Hooker is a member of the K12 marketing team and a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff. She's always had a soft spot for working with kids, stemming from growing up the oldest of six children. Her youngest brother is on the autism spectrum, so she feels very strongly about learning tailored to the needs of the child. Liz's love of literature and writing has followed her through her stints working at bookstores and she hopes to one day be a novelist—if she can just put down the video game controllers long enough to write her masterpiece.
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