Creating a science lab for kids is easy. Use materials you have at home or buy a kit to have supplies dedicated to science fun. Learning Resources sent us their deluxe lab set to check out. Read more about what we thought below. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Simple Science Lab for Kids
When I saw Learning Resources’s Primary Science collection, I knew I wanted to add some of the items to our home science lab. They sent us the Primary Science Deluxe Lab Set and the Primary Science Mix And Measure Set to review. I set up the lab set for the kids to explore. I also included the scale from the Mix and Measure set for added fun. (Lily gets to open the rest of the Mix and Measure set as a birthday present.)
Color mixing with baking soda and vinegar is the first setup. Baking soda and vinegar is my kids’ most requested science activity. The lab set added new materials for them to explore.
The test tubes have vinegar and water (half and half). The round bottom flask has a solution of baking soda and water colored red. This setup invites kids to add the liquids to the funnels. What happens when baking soda and vinegar combine? (We’ll see bubbles.) What color do we get when blue and red combine?
Aiden first used the dropper to add some of the liquids to the funnels. Then he decided to pour the liquids directly into the funnels. Lily used a spoon and the dropper to mix the liquids in plastic containers. I often save containers from our recycling bin to use for our experiments.
As always they were excited to see the bubbles from the baking soda and vinegar reaction. The reaction was rather tame on this particular day. I didn’t want the liquids to overflow the flask. Doing this investigation in a large container (a plastic storage bin or a baking dish) would allow us to have a bigger reaction. Adjust the amounts of vinegar and baking soda. What concentration produces more bubbles faster? To make more impressive bubbles, add some soap to one of your solutions. The soap will foam up when the baking soda and vinegar combine.
Our second science lab setup is a potion making lab with dry ingredients. Aiden wanted the bubbling flask to stay on the table. It just adds to the atmosphere of a mad scientist’s lab. The scale and ViewScope also add to the drama. The sensory tube is from the Primary Science Deluxe Lab Set. It has both vented and solid lids. I added feathers to the tube. The two smaller containers are sprinkle containers. One contains beads and dragons from the Good Luck Minis Fantasy Pack sent to us by Safari Ltd. The other container has Crazy Bugs macaroni. There is also a small container of spider erasers.
The kids combined the different items and mixed them all up in different containers.
Then, they looked at some feathers under the ViewScope. They want to look at nature finds next.
The Primary Science Deluxe Lab Set was a great addition to our home science lab explorations. The lab set also comes with 20 activity cards and a write and wipe journal to record results – perfect for the budding scientist.
More Science Lab Explorations for Kids
- Simple Baking Soda and Vinegar Explorations
- Easy Kitchen Chemistry Ideas Inspired by a Book
- Science Fair Project Ideas and Resources
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