Homeschool Kindergarten Science

Getting ready for homeschool kindergarten?  Here are some great, hands-on resources for homeschool kindergarten science. 

 Big List of Homeschool Kindergarten Science activities, experiments and areas of study.

Force, Motion, and Energy

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Fun Science Experiments for Kids ~ Hydrofoils

This fun and easy hands-on science experiment, using three ingredients you already have, is perfect for warm weather outside, or not-so-nice weather inside. Hydrofoils use water (that’s the hydro) and tinfoil (yup, you guessed it) to demonstrate the concept of buoyancy.  

Big thanks to Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of Kids Activities Blog and their new book {affiliate link}101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters! for some fun science experiments for kids, including this one. More on their fab book in a minute.

Hydrofoils:  Water Science Experiments for Kids from "101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!"

Supplies Needed

  • Water in a container, bathtub or sink.
  • Tinfoil.
  • Pennies.

This experiment is about design:  Designing a boat that can float well and hold the pennies without taking on water, testing it and re-designing it again uses critical thinking skills

Fun Science Experiments for Kids - Hydrofoils @creeksidelearn

I gave the kids two different types of tinfoil, one was heavier than the other, but I let them discover that for themselves. They each set out to build, test and re-build their boats.  

While they worked, we talked about the concepts included in the experiment from the book:  Water pressure pushing up and gravity pulling the boat down. That’s buoyancy. 

 Fun Science Experiments for Kids - Hydrofoils

They made big foil boats and small foil boats and experimented with flattening the bottoms of the boats by pressing them on the sidewalk. 

Hydrofoils were a hit! We hope you will like them, too.

101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest Funnest Ever by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller

101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters! contains even more fun science experiments for kids, as well as crafts, games and boredom busters.  I love how each activity contains clear instructions and way to modify things for older or younger kids.  Each activity is geared towards kids from toddlers to 12-year-olds. Holly Homer and Rachel Miller are on a mission to create great activities for kids every day. You can find them at Kids Activities Blog and on Facebook and Pinterest

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Science Project — Lemon Clock

A clock with no batteries that runs on lemons?  Now there is a hands-on science project we were eager to try.  And guess what?  The lemon clock works! Not only does it work with lemons, but it works with potatoes, tomatoes, and more. You can try lots of different fruits and vegetables, even liquids.  

science project lemon clock

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Cool Science Experiments ~ How to Build a Pop Rocket

We are all about cool science experiments so imagine how excited we are to have the opportunity to try one of the great experiments from Supercharged Science? {sponsored post} We learned how to make a Pop Rocket and I’m going to show you how it works, so you can make one, too.  But there’s more.  Supercharged Science is giving away  3-month enrollments to their e-Science program to two lucky Creekside Learning readers. Keep reading to find out more.

science experiments for kids

How to Make a Pop Rocket

 You will need:
-an M & M container or a Fuji film canister.
-water
-Alka-Seltzer tablets
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Ant Facts For Kids

Ants. Normally we try to keep them out of our house but inviting them in, contained of course, is a great opportunity for learning. We kind of like learning about critters. To prepare our Ant Facts for Kids learning unit, I stocked up on ant-related books, a gel ant habitat and some other essentials. While we waited for our harvester ants to come in the mail, we learned all about ants. 

Ant Facts for Kids

Ant Facts for Kids:  Did you know…

  • that worker ants lick the eggs and pupae to keep them clean and healthy?
  • that ants talk to each other by touching their antennas together? Try acting like ants and telling each other things with pretend antennas. 
  • that ants can bend their bodies in half to turn around in the tunnels they create?
  • that each worker ant can lift 50 times it’s own weight? 
  • that worker ants have different jobs? Some work in the ant nurseries caring for the young ants, some work in the storage rooms, others build corridors.

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