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Three At-Home Science Experiments for Your Child’s Learning Style

Science experiments are fun, messy, and a great way to cater to kids with a variety of learning styles.

Kids are naturally messy creatures, and curious! Experiments that you can do with your child at home in the kitchen are a great way to teach him about a variety of scientific subjects!

No matter the primary learning style of your child, you can adjust these experiments to best benefit him.


The first thing to do is discover your child’s learning style here.

Once you’ve discovered your child’s learning style, you can cater the science experiments to his specific needs:

Visual learners do best when they can watch something being done in front of them, and may do best when the science experiment is done in front of them so they can observe.

Kinesthetic learners are hands-on and learn by doing making these science experiments perfect for their curious, messy learning style.

Auditory learners do great with the verbal instructions given to them as you walk your child through these experiments. 

We have compiled a list of fun experiments to try at home with your child that will allow you to teach to his learning style!

Three At-Home Science Experiments For Your Child’s Learning Style

  1. Water Soluability
    What you’ll need:
    4 glasses or jars of room temperature water – these must be clear!
    4 substances to mix into the water. We recommend table salt, coffee grounds, black pepper, and oil (vegetable or olive). You’ll need 1 tablespoon of each.
    A timer
    Something to stir with

    Procedure:
    One at a time, mix the substances into the water for 30 seconds. Be sure to write down all observations, which substances dissolved completely, how each substance changed, and which substances weren’t effected by the water.

    The point:
    Learning which substances are water soluble is laying the groundwork for future chemistry and biology education. Plus, it’s just plain cool to watch!

  2. Liquid Densities
    What you’ll need:
    A glass of water
    Food coloring
    Vegetable oil
    salt

    Procedure:
    Fill the glass 1/3 of the way full with water. Add a layer of oil, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch on top of the water. Add one drop of food coloring to the glass and observe what it does. Next sprinkle salt over the oil and see how it affects the glass. Continue to add salt to the mixture and observe what happens!

    The point:
    Different liquids have different densities, and when you add a solid to the mix it affects the liquids differently. The salt pulls globs of oil and food coloring to the bottom of the glass and then dissolves, releasing the food coloring and creating something just short of magic for your child to witness!

  3. Easy Baking Soda Bottle Rockets
    What you’ll need:
    1 cork
    1 small plastic bottle (water bottle or a small soda bottle)
    Baking Soda
    Vinegar
    Small square of tissue or toilet paper

    Procedure:
    We found this great experiment over at Teach Beside Me where you can find the easy step-by-step directions.

    The point:
    The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar is a great way to introduce children to chemistry while the explosion helps children grasp the concept of pressure.

Now go on, get messy, and have some fun while learning!

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