Science with Everyday Household Items

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Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids, without having to leave the house?

Fun science you can do at home with common household items

We’ve got some fun free science activities that you can do at home, or in your backyard! And the best bit is that all of these science projects only use everyday household items – stuff you already have at home – so you can get started on the science fun straight away, without needing to duck out to the shops first!

(Which is great if you happen to be self-isolating at the moment…)

Science experiments for kids using common household items

Science experiments using everyday items from around the house


Looking for more easy science and STEM activities you can do, using only things from around the house?

Here’s some great ideas I’ve found from my blogging buddies around the web. Some of these activities we’ve tried, and some we’re keen to!

Kitchen Science Ideas

Engineering: fun things kids can build at home!

  • JDaniel4’s Mom has some cool ideas for building bridges using everyday stationery items – check out this idea, and this one!
  • Or you could make a cardboard bridge! Can you make it stronger by folding the cardboard first? Test it out! Love this easy engineering idea from Pink Stripey Socks.
  • Pump up the volume by making a DIY iPhone speaker! From The Craft Train.
  • Do you have a stack of old newspapers at home? Make a rolled up newspaper fort! From Science Sparks. Or how about a 5ft model of the Eiffel Tower! Wow, very cool. From KC Edventures.
  • Make a DIY furnicular train and learn about pulleys and simple machines through play. From Team Cartwright.
  • JDaniel4’s Mom shows how to make another simple machine; a double pulley, and how you can use it to play a cute game.
  • Have you ever thought about designing your own solar power oven? Share It Science can explain convection, conduction, thermal radiation, insulation and reflection which might come in handy.
  • And if you’re up for the ultimate challenge, you could make your own Rube Goldberg machine. Share It Science has some great Rube Goldberg machine suggestions!

Physics – use the force activities!

Ice, Ice, Baby – Fun Frozen science activities for when it’s hot outside…

Anatomy & Human Body Activities

Love the Earth & Weather Science

Rainbow Science

  • Make a sugar water rainbow in a jar and explore density in a fun hands-on way! From Primary Playground.
  • If you have some paper towel and food colouring, you can make a walking water rainbow! From Fun Learning For Kids, href=””>123 Homeschool 4 Me and Blue Bear Wood.
  • Here’s another walking water rainbow by From Engineer to SAHM, where you actually end up with a pretty rainbow at the end.

Biology & Nature

Materials Science

STEAM Activities that incorporate Art with STEM

  • Make your own moving cartoons with a DIY zoetrope! Fun STEAM activity from Share It Science.
  • Do you happen to have spare coffee filters in your cupboard? Make some chromatography spring flowers! From 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
  • Red Ted Art shows how to make cool paper spinners that combine and create new colours before your eyes!

Fun chemistry ideas to do at home

Fun Science Ideas using only everyday stuff from around the house

Have you tried any of these easy science activities using things from around your house? I’d love to hear which ones you liked best!

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