Fun Science Projects for the Science Fair

By: diane

Science is a fascinating subject, which the kids can love only if it is presented in an interesting way. Moreover, science is a subject, which should not just be taught from the textbook but also supplemented with practical sessions to demonstrate scientific principles. As students most of the kids who dislike science lessons are drawn to it owing to the practical sessions during which it is possible for the children to see the results of scientific experiments on their own.

In case you want your child to explore the field of science on their own, then here are some simple science experiments that you can encourage your child to perform. There are also various scientific experiment kits or sets, which provide the basic chemicals, apparatus and other requirements for the children to perform the experiments. In case you don't want to buy these science kits, there still exist a lot of experiments, which can be carried out at home using simple things easily available at home.

Fun Science Experiments

Here I have compiled some easy and fun science experiments, which can be easily demonstrated to and even performed by the kids. Most of these experiments can be performed at home with little supervision and help from the parents. Go ahead and pick an experiment, which would not only be a fun experience for the child but also a great way to learn basic scientific principles.

Easy Science Experiment 1# Development of a Seed

Requirements: Seeds of any plant, a gardening pot, fertile and moist gardening soil and water.

Procedure: One of the most basic and easy experiments for children is growing a plant from seeds. All you need to do is take a small cup or a pot of convenient size and material. Add some moist fertile soil from the garden into the pot. Place some seeds into the pot and ask the child to water it regularly. Place the cup or the pot in sunlight so that the seeds get enough exposure to the sunlight.

Things to Learn: The children will enjoy the offshoots and development of roots from the seed and it will also be a great learning experience for the child. Teach the child how water, soil, sunlight, and seeds are necessary for the creation and growth of a plant. You can extend the teaching session by introducing the children to the various parts of the plant - starting from the root, stem, leaves, and even flower and fruits.

Easy Science Experiment 2# Static Electricity

Requirements: a hard plastic comb, or a balloon, thread, pieces of dry cereal.

Procedure: Just tie a piece of the cereal to one end of a piece of thread. Find a place to attach the other end of the thread. Just tape the thread to the edge of a desk. Make sure that the comb is really clean and free from any dirt and oil. Now just rub the comb through long dry hair or a woolen blanket so that it gets charged with static electricity owing to the friction. Now slowly bring the comb near the cereal. The cereal piece tied to the thread will swing to touch the comb. Hold it until the cereal moves away by itself. The cereal will tend to move away from the comb now.

Things to Learn: The thing to be learnt by the children is that combing the hair caused the electrons to be transferred from the hair to the comb. Since the comb was negatively charged with static electricity, the neutral cereal was attracted to it. When the cereal touched the comb, electrons were transferred to the cereal resulting in transfer of negative charge. Thus since both the comb and the cereal were negatively charged after a while, it led to repulsion.

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