5 Science Projects to Keep Kids Busy During Physical Distancing

With everything that is currently going on in our world, there is a good chance that our kids can sense the stress we are all feeling. Parents who used to go to work are now staying home with their children. Children who were in school are now stuck at home. Malls, pools, playgrounds, anywhere the public can gather and have a good time are all closed. Our lives have all been turned upside down. How easy is it for us to turn on the TV and let our kids binge on cartoons, Disney+, Netflix, or the latest gaming system and let the days fade into weeks? Instead of letting our kids stare mindlessly at the TV or computer screen, why not try some fun and interactive DIY crafts/science projects?

Not only are these fun science projects to do with our kids, they can also help calm them; and if you really want, they can be educational too, and as a bonus, adults will have fun with these activities as well.

Science Project Jars

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Galaxy Jar DIY – from Recipes and Amy

Not only is this something that can be customized to suit whatever colours your children like, it is something that can help calm our kids, not only with the current global pandemic, but also anytime they feel stressed or anxious.

Materials

  • Clean glass jar with lid
  • Tempera paint (minimum 2 colours)
  • Cotton balls
  • Fine glitter
  • Water
Science Project Eggs

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Crystal Egg Geode – from There’s Just One Mommy

It seems like all children have a fascination with rocks. I remember when I was younger I wanted to have my very own rock collection. So, why not let your kids make their own beautiful rocks to look at? Not only is this something that will be pretty to look at, but why not make it educational and do some learning about geodes while you watch your geodes grow?!

Materials

  • 3-4 raw eggs
  • Craft glue
  • Epsom salt
  • Food colouring
  • Small containers
  • Small paint brush
  • Toothpick
  • Water
  • Small pot and stove
  • Small screw driver (optional)
Science Project Glowing Rose

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Glowing Fireworks Experiment – from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Here is another great option to keep kids entertained. This would be great to do starting with 2 colours and adding more and more or doing several jars, all with different colours.

*This project does require a blacklight*

  • Materials
  • Empty jar
  • Cooking oil
  • Neon watercolour paint
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Blacklight
Science Project Foam

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Rainbow Rain Experiment – from Growing a Jeweled Rose

This project is a great way to teach your kids about the weather, clouds, and rain. Just because kids aren’t in school right now, doesn’t mean they can’t have educational experiences at home that are also fun to do!

Materials

  • Glass jar
  • Shaving cream
  • Food colouring
  • Cups/bowls
  • Eye droppers
  • Spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Water
Science Project Rock Candy

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Kool-Aid Rock Candy – from Growing a Jeweled Rose

This one takes at least two weeks for the rock candy to be fully formed, but your kids will love checking the progress of it each and every day. Your kids will love this one because at the end of the two weeks, the candy will be ready to eat! Remember to take progress pictures as you go along.

Materials

  • Water
  • Large pot
  • Granulated sugar
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Kool-aid packets
  • Glass jars
  • Clothespins
  • Spoons

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