Fun Science Experiments: Vinegar and Baking Soda

Baking Soda and Science Exploration | Fun Science Experiments | TinkerLab.com

My kids love fun science experiments. While cooking breakfast the other day, my three-year old asked about making concoctions with the breakfast supplies. While I'm all for mixing up ingredients with kids, I wasn't prepared to have a lot of good food go to waste. So we set up a classic concoction center with some baking soda and vinegar. So much fun! Supplies: Fun Kitchen … [Read more...]

Science Fair Project Ideas

Science Fair Project Ideas | TinkerLab

Are you in the market for some science fair project ideas? Well, hopefully this post will have you covered. These twelve science experiments encourage children to test, tinker with, experiment, hypothesize, and evaluate various properties and phenomena. Science Fair Project Supplies Most of our favorite science experiments involve everyday, household supplies because … [Read more...]

How to set up a Magic Potion Lab (with 3 Simple Tips)

How to set up a magic potion lab

When friends and readers talk to me about Tinkerlab, they almost always ask me about science projects. And with that, process-based experiments like the following magic potion lab inevitably come up. Today I'm over on one of my favorite blogs for childhood projects, No Time for Flash Cards, talking about one of my 3-year old's most requested activities. Won't you pop over … [Read more...]

Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

Dye for Easter Eggs

Have you ever thought about making vegetable dyed Easter eggs? I'm trying to make a move away from synthetic food dyes and wanted to use natural, homemade dyes this year. Not only are these colors absolutely healthy for human consumption, but the process of making them is a wonderful lesson in creating art materials from scratch and can help children think critically … [Read more...]

Easy String Art Experiments for Kids

Easy String Art Painting with Kids

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." -- Jackson Pollack, American Painter String Art Creating string art is a fun mix of art, creative thinking, and experimentation all rolled into one open-ended package. If you've been following this blog for a while you'll know that when it comes to children's projects, my focus lies on the experience of … [Read more...]

Celery Science Experiment

distinct color

While I'm an art educator by trade, having small people pulling at my pants has turned me into a mini-alchemist who's suddenly found herself reading books to her kids about Galileo (The Magic Schoolbus and the Science Fair Expedition) and brewing all sorts of concoctions in our kitchen (vinegar and baking soda, anyone?). The celery science experiment is easy to achieve with … [Read more...]

Crushed Flower Experiment

Crushed Flower Experiment

Now that summer is coming to an end (sniff -- I'm kind of in denial -- you?), it's a good time to harvest some of your last blooms for some flower-painting experiments. We took a walk around the neighborhood and picked some weeds from wild roadside gardens, and also selected a handful of flowers and leaves from our own yard. Materials For this project you'll need: … [Read more...]

Scanner Art Experiments

scanned toys and acorns

The following post is from the archives. It originally appeared in February, 2011. This low-mess project kept my preschooler busy for a whole morning. Lots of fun for curious kids! Not too long ago we had a big print job in our home, which peaked my daughter's interest in the printer. The noises, lights, and moving paper were all new and exciting, I'm sure. Every time … [Read more...]

Egg Geodes Experiment

clean membranes from eggs

Today we're experimenting with egg geodes. This experiment is set up to engage children in the steps of the scientific method, which could easily make this a fun and successful science fair project. Not only is the process of making these beautiful geodes engaging for kids, but the end-result has a huge wow-factor. Give yourself at least two-three days to achieve the greatest … [Read more...]