Science Experiments for Year 1 and Year 2 (KS1 or Elementary School)
These quick and easy science experiments are perfect for young scientists from ages 5 to 7! From buoyancy to chemical reactions, every experiment teaches a key concept and sparks spark curiosity about the world around us. Keep your kids’ brains busy and inspire innovation, whether you’re in the classroom or at home!
Explore why some things float and some items sink using this fun superhero challenge.
Learn more: Super Hero Buoyancy Experiments
Submerge eggs in vinegar to make a bouncy egg.
Learn more: Egg in Vinegar Experiment
Fizz, fizz, zoom! This baking soda experiment boat is easy to build and fun to race. If you’ve ever dropped a fizzy tablet into a cup of water or made a baking soda volcano, you’ve made the same chemical reaction used here. But this time, we’re using that reaction to power a soda bottle boat!
Learn more: Baking Soda Powered Boat
This simple experiment uses milk and food coloring to produce an explosion of colors!
Learn more: Milk Swirl Experiment
Create your own underwater firework spectacular and learn about density.
Learn more: Underwater Fireworks
It is time for these little bears to grow up…and out with this gummy bear science project! Watch as gummy bears grow and shrink in different liquids in this kid-friendly experiment.
Learn more: Gummy Bear Science Project
Blow up a balloon and rub it against your hair to create static. Then, float the balloon over a DIY jellyfish’s tentacles and watch them move with the balloon! Experiment with different lightweight papers, and see what happens!
Learn more: Electric Jellyfish
Fall is coming, which means apple season is right around the corner. We love eating apple slices as a healthy snack. Try out this apple experiment with some basic kitchen goods to see how you can keep your slices from browning!
Learn more: Apple Experiment
All you need is starch and glue to make this simple squishy slime.
Learn more:Easy Slime
Use this recipe to make unpoppable bubbles! All it takes is a few common ingredients, and a bit of hands-on science.
Learn more: Unpoppable Bubbles
Pull a couple of cereal boxes from the shelf and test their iron content with this simple experiment. It’s fun to see your breakfast whiz across the surface of milk using a magnet.
Learn more: Magnetic Cereal
Art Ideas for KS1
Ready to stimulate your child’s creativity? Time for hands-on fun with these art ideas for KS1 kids! From melted crayons to ice sculptures, kids will love these interesting, textured projects. As a great bonus, they’ll get to explore new techniques and make some practical decorations!
Create nature-inspired paint brushes while learning about all kinds of leaves.
Learn more: Leaf Paint Brushes
Macrame wall hangings are popular crafts and home decor, but learning all those knots can be complicated. Start with this easy macrame project that’s perfect for kids!
Learn More: Kid-Friendly Macrame Wall Hanging
Melt crayons into a work of art!
Learn more: Melted Crayon Art
Make your own moon surface with flour and oil and then drop meteorites (small rocks and pebbles) from varying heights to create your own craters!
Learn more: Moon Craters
For a backyard craft, transform simple rocks into bugs and other animals.
Learn more: Paint Rocks
In this science experiment, kids will be amazed by the beautiful way that salt melts ice into awesome patterns!
Learn more: Painting Ice Sculptures
This kind of art making technique is called process art. It’s a non-traditional method that focuses on the process of making instead of following a predetermined composition or plan. Give it a try, and create something beautifully unique!
Learn more: Pulled String Paintings
Place seeds in a bag with a wet paper towel and watch the seeds sprout and grow .
Learn more: Window Greenhouse
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