Easy Science Projects

easy science projects
"The Yeast Beast" is an easy science project about how yeast eats - and has enough gas to blow up a balloon!!

It’s Friday night, and you’ve been putting it off for a month. But on Monday, your child’s science project is due. And you haven’t even started. You need an easy science project that can be done quickly, but it has to be good…

It’s not an easy thing to find! Science projects that are easy often don’t meet the requirements of the teacher or the science fair. And projects that are fast often aren’t enough to teach your child anything. We know. With four boys, our family has waited until the last minute to do a science project more than once. But the good news is that there really are good science experiments that can be done quickly and easily.

Here are some hints to finding a quality, but easy science project:

~Find out exactly what type of science project your child needs. Some teachers want a demonstration science project that the child can present to the class. Some teachers want a science report. Occasionally, scientific models or nature collections will be allowed. Most teachers, however, want an experiment based science project that follows the scientific method.

~Ask your child for several ideas. He or she will be the scientist, after all!

~Do an internet or library search for “science projects on…” You may find exactly what you need this way.

~Make a list of possible projects. Go ahead and discard projects that are on advanced chemistry.

~Take a look at the ingredients and equipment. If there are items not readily available or are wickedly expensive, you’ll know that project isn’t for you. There are plenty of experiments that can be done with things in the home, or at the supermarket.

~Find out how long the science experiment or project takes. If it takes more than two or three days, you probably want to reconsider. The ideal easy science project will not take more than a few hours, in case something goes wrong and you have to repeat. And unfortunately, this does happen.

Although an easy science project isn’t always easy to find, you and your child can work together to find a project that is easy to do, but also educational and fun. Take a look at our Easy Science Project Guides, science projects that are fun, easy, affordable, and teacher pleasing!

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Science Project Ideas

science project ideaScience project ideas aren’t easy to come up with. Here are some hints to help you choose the best science project for your child:

1. Check the science guidelines. What kind of project does your science fair require? There are five kinds of science projects: investigative (experimental), demonstration, research papers or reports, models, and collections. (For more information on all the types of science projects, get a FREE Parent’s Guide to a Science Project at www.24hourscienceprojects.com).

Are there restrictions on projects? Is there a ‘money spend’ limit? Can you use animals or food in the experiment or in the display? Does your child have to demonstrate the project for a judge?

fifth grade science project2. After you know all the particulars for your science fair, make a list or projects ideas that meet the requirements. Try to get projects with a variety of science topics. You may want to do this before your child gets involved, so you won’t have to say “No – not suitable” so many times.

3. Look through your list of science project ideas, and eliminate the ones that look too complicated or hard to do. Remember, your child is supposed to do the project with your assistance only.

Check the list of supplies. Are they readily available? Are they affordable?

Do you have enough time to complete the project? If the science project is due next week, you don’t have time to study the long term effect of anything.

Make sure the science you you are learning about is on your child’s level. Your child should be able to have a basic idea of the underlying scientific principles. Science projects for elementary school students probably shouldn’t involve advanced biology.

4. Finally, let your child choose the science project idea that he or she likes the best.

And have fun with your new science project idea!


P.S. Find out how to get a FREE Parent’s Guide to a Science Project at www.24hourscienceprojects.com.

Vitamin C – Using an Indicator

When you mix Iodine and Vitamin C (the scienctific name is ascorbic acid), something interesting happens; the solution turns blue for a bit, then returns to the color of the juice. Keep adding the iodine, however, and the mixture will turn a very inky dark blue color. Why is this? Here’s a kid friendly explanation!

Iodine and vitamin C like each other, and when they are put in the same container, they will combine. When you are adding the iodine to the juice and the starch mixture, as long as there is still vitamin C that has not been combined with the iodine, the color will stay the color of the juice, but after you reach the equivalence point- when you have added as much iodine as there is vitamin C – then the iodine starts combining with the cornstarch. When iodine combines with cornstarch it turns blue.

And if you’re doing our award winning experiment Vitamin “C”itrus, here’s a hint: the more iodine it takes, the more vitamin C there is.