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Sometimes you need an activity, pronto! So I’ve gathered a bunch of fun activities you can set up and do in 10 minutes or less, unless you want to play longer of course!
So if you’re looking for a boredom buster with a science twist, try one of these!
10 Minute Science Ideas
Want even more 10 minute science ideas?
I’ve collected a bunch of easy 10-minute-or-less science ideas from around the webosphere that I think sound really cool…
- How awesome is this coat hanger catapult from The Craft Train!
- Make dancing popcorn! From Everyday Chaos and Calm.
- Be prepared to raid the linen closet for this How do folded mountains form? activity from The Chaos and the Clutter.
- All you need is a rock, a piece of paper and somewhere high up to try this free fall experiment from A Dab of Glue Will Do.
- Design a tin foil boat, and see how many pennies it can hold! From JDaniel4’s Mom.
- Got a ruler, an elastic band and a hammer handy? Try this cool balancing trick from MEL Science.
- How about a 9V Battery? You could try this cool electrolysis of water demonstration from The Joy Of Sharing.
- I love the idea of this water alarm clock from STEAM Powered Family. I cant wait to try this one with my kids!
- Pink Stripey Socks has a neat way to turn orange juice into fizzy orange soda.
- KC Edventures show how you can bend a pencil without breaking it with refraction.
- Did you know you can make an energy-saving light bulb light up, with a balloon? Like magic! From Happy Brown House.
- Create your own cool optical illusions! From KC Edventures.
- What happens if you stab a plastic bag full of water with some really sharp pencils? Your kids will be surprised by this one, from Kids Minds.
- Red Ted Art shows us a fun way to make cool simple trajectories. How far can they fly?
- Baking soda and vinegar volcanoes are always a hit, and if you set up outside or near the kitchen sink, it won’t take long to clean up afterwards. You could try these cute orange volcanos by The Art Kit, or this mini pumpkin volcano from Natural Beach Living, or this lemon volcano from Little Bins for Little Hands or this version from Sixth Bloom. If you’re game, how about these glitter volcanos from Kindergarten Worksheets and Games? Or My Bored Toddler skipped the volcano bit altogether, and just made a whole awesome fizzy sensory tub.
- Did you know that the Iodine in your medicine cabinet can react with some of your pantry staples and change colour? Neither did I! What a cool visual science experiment from Mama Smiles.
- Learn about sound waves, while you make your own gong using a spoon and fork, from KC Edventures.
- Do you have some colourful lollies or candy that you’d rather play with than eat? Try making a candy rainbow! 123 Homeschool 4 Me held a candy race! Or what about using them to demonstrate water displacement?
- Do grapes sink or float? It depends! Try this fun kitchen experiment from JDaniel4’s Mom.
- See if you can guess what’s inside these sensory smell bottles, from The Chaos and the Clutter.
- The Gingerbread House shows how to make a really simple leaf water compass. And here’s a similar cork compass from STEAM Powered Family. So cool!
- A Dab of Glue Will Do has a fun sink or float experiment, comparing water, oil and soap in balloons.
- Here’s a colourful way to demonstrate that oil and water don’t mix, from Kindergarten Worksheets and Games.
- STEAM Powered Family do a great job of extending the classic Magic Milk experiment for grade school kids, by does the temperature of the water affect this process at all? From Teaching Ideas.
- Try this birthday candle see-saw demonstration! My kids would love this one, from Kids Minds.
- Carrots Are Orange shows us how to make a simple kazoo to learn about sound.
- Imagine you are an octopus with no bones! From Preschool Powol Packets.