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Outdoor Science Experiments For Kids

Kids are naturally curious creatures and doing creative science experiments with them is a great way to engage their critical thinking skills while also keeping them entertained with an educational influence! And as your kids will probably tell you, the messier the science experiment, the better! So head to the backyard to test out these outdoor science experiments for kids, and have a blast watching them ask questions, contemplate ideas, and learn something in the process. Educational fun has never been so easy!

Soda Balloons

Use the magical reaction between pop and candy to blow up balloons without using a breath!

What You’ll Need:

  • 12 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola

  • Nerds candy

  • Balloon

Begin this experiment by pouring your Nerds into your un-blown balloon. You may find a funnel to be useful with this step. Next you’re going to open up your bottle of Coca-Cola and attach the balloon to the top, making sure none of the candy falls inside the bottle as you do this. Once your balloon is secured onto the bottle you’re going to lift your balloon up so that the candy contents inside pours into the soda. Then sit back and watch your balloon amazingly start to expand!

Solar S’mores

Harness the power of the sun to create a classic camp favorite without the campfire!

What You’ll Need:

  • Empty pizza box

  • Tin foil

  • S’mores ingredients

Make your solar oven by covering an empty pizza box with aluminum foil, making sure to get the underside of the lid and the inside of the box itself. Next you’re going to want to place your DIY solar oven in direct sunlight and prop the box partially open with a stick or dowel. Then just place some graham crackers inside the box and layer them with chocolate squares and marshmallows. Let your solar s’mores sit for a while and when you return you’ll find a melty, ooey-gooey treat waiting for you!

Flower Fun

Learn about how plants drink water and have a colorful bouquet of flowers once you’re done!

What You’ll Need:

  • White flowers

  • Food coloring

  • Glass jars

For this simple experiment you’ll need to fill your jars up partially with water. Then add a few drops of food coloring, using a different color for each jar. Stick the stems of your flowers into the colorful water, setting one flower aside. With the flower you’ve set aside, use a knife to slice the stem in half lengthwise. Put one split end of the stem into one jar, and put the other side of the stem in a different-colored jar. Then let your flowers sit in the jars and out of the sun for a few hours. When you return, your flowers won’t look quite the same!

Rainbow Bubbles

Amaze your little ones by putting together this oh-so-fun psychedelic bubble experiment!

What You’ll Need:

  • Empty water bottle

  • Duct tape

  • Sock

  • Dish soap

  • Food coloring

Start by carefully cutting the bottom off of your empty water bottle. Then slide the sock over the bottle and secure it with your duct tape. In a shallow container, mix up some water and dish soap. Next you’ll want to dip the sock-covered end of the water bottle into the soapy mixture before adding a few drops of food coloring on top. Then blow into the mouthpiece of the water bottle and watch a stream of foamy multi-colored bubbles grow out the other end! As a note of caution, be sure that any young kids doing this experiment know to blow air into their water bottle. If they suck air out they will end up inhaling the bubbles and your outdoor fun with quickly be soured.

Ziploc® Explosion

Learn about chemical reactions and experience the mind-blowing explosions that result!

What You’ll Need:

  • Ziploc® freezer bag

  • Baking soda

  • Vinegar

  • Water

  • Tissue

Add around 1/4 cup of warm water and around a 1/2 cup of vinegar to your bag. In the middle of your tissue, sprinkle around 3 teaspoons of baking soda and wrap it up in the tissue. Partially zip your freezer bag closed leaving just enough space to stuff your baking soda-infused tissue inside. Working quickly, put the tissue into your bag and swiftly zip it completely closed. Then put the bag down and back away. Your bag will start to expand and grow until it finally bursts into one glorious explosion that will have your kids’ jaws hitting the floor!

Did you or your kids give one of these outdoor science experiments a try? Let us know how it went by leaving a comment!

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