Fun Earth Science Experiments

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Teach your children about Earth by letting them do hands on activities and crafts. There are so many things to learn about Earth. These hands on activities are not only educational, but can also be very fun for you and your children. Learn about nature, the sun and more with these Fun Earth Science Experiments.

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Stomp Rocket Science: Free Lesson Plan and a Giveaway

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After being cooped up all winter with textbooks and indoor activities, even moms get spring fever! With the sun starting to make its debut and the weather turning warmer, now is the perfect time to get out from behind those text books and get some hands-on science lessons outdoors.

Give Spring a Science Boost with Stomp Rockets

Maybe you remember Stomp Rockets as a kid, or you’ve seen them in the store? After all, they have been around for almost 25 years. If you have’t played with them yourself, you can tell it’s going to be fun, just from the name. Stomp Rockets!

Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is 100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these rockets up to 150 feet in the air! Click to turn on the powerful LED light inside, and these Stomp Rockets will really shine in the night sky, so it’s fun to play outdoors after dusk and on gloomy days too. Light up the night with vibrant color. The LED lights inside these rockets make them bright enough to double as a flashlight! Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. Includes a Stomp Launcher and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets with bright LED lights inside. Refill rockets also available (item #20502). For kids ages 6 and up.

As if running, jumping, stomping and launching rockets into the air wasn’t just great all by itself, there are a TON of science experiments and concepts to learn from all of this fun.  Concepts include force, gravity, trajectory and so much more.

You can do a quick Google search to find some activities but did you know there is a corresponding curriculum you can use with your Stomp Rockets???

Use the “Stompin’ Science” book with Stomp Rocket Launch Sets to make science a blast! Kids can learn about things like gravity (what goes up must come down), trajectory, force and more by running, jumping and STOMPING to launch rockets — so learning is fun, interactive and active! Plus, the “Stompin’ Science” book makes teaching easy. It contains lessons for students of all ages and grade levels. Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents who’d like to have some educational fun with their kids.

Here’s a peek at the lessons included in this book:

  1. Top Secret Toy Testing (grade K-8)
  2. Exploring Force and Motion (grades 3-12)
  3. Exploring Force and Mass (grades 3-12)
  4. Angling for a Stompin’ Good Time (grades 3-12)
  5. Speed Rockets (grades 3-8)
  6. What Goes Up ….. (grades 3-8)
  7. What Goes Up … May Not Come Down (grades 8-12)
  8. Up, Up and Away (grades 8-12)
  9. Get a Blast of Energy (grades 10-12)
  10. Analyzing Projectile Motion (grades 10-12)

Those are just the lesson plans. There’s another 16 pages dedicated to science fair projects!

Aren’t you super excited to get outside and use your stomp rockets to teach science now?!?!

To give you even MORE motivation, I’ve got a two special treats for you!

First, I’m give you lessons plans to teach Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion using your Stomp Rockets. This lesson plan has 3 adaptable experiments you can do in your own back yard and note booking pages to use too. This lesson plan is free, but for a very limited time only, so be sure to grab yours while you can (link at the end of this post).

Here’s the other special treat (I’m giddy with excitement!) …. one lucky Modern Homeschool Family reader is going to win his or her own Stomp Rocket set and science project guide!

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If you just can’t wait to get started using Stomp Rockets and the lesson plans, you can find them on Amazon Prime:

Stomp Rocket Science Lesson Plan with Printable Worksheets and Notebooking Pages

As promised, here’s the lesson plan. Don’t forget, it’s only free through May 3rd, so download yours now!

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8 Great Projects for Teen Scientists

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Hands-on, real-life learning can make science come to life for secondary students. Gone are the days of assigned Science Fair projects. These 8 projects for teen scientists will bring inquiry and project-based learning home! With any of these projects, make sure younger students have adult supervision as some use chemicals and electricity.

8 Great Science Projects for Teens

Dye Flowers

There are several different methods that allow you to create your own beautiful bouquets, just like the ones you see at floral shops or the supermarkets. Carnations are a perfect choice for this process. Because flowers absorb water and nutrients through their stems, by using food coloring in this simple experiment, you can produce gorgeous hues to adorn your home with this easy floral art and science project!

Conduct Electricity

Using simple, affordable materials you can find at home or in your local hardware store, you can test the conductivity of certain solutions. The site above gives you step-by-step instructions on how to build your device as well as different solutions to try!

Secret Messages

Keep your notes private, turn off the texting, and write in invisible ink! This is a simple experiment that requires only a lemon, paint brush (or cotton swab), and a white piece of paper. Write a message with lemon juice, hold up to a heat source, and ta-da! Your words are revealed. Just don’t let everyone in on the secret!

Physics Interactives

Explore dozens of ways to learn physics concepts through simulations and tutorials for physical projects. One of my favorites is the Roller Coaster Model that help bring Newton’s Laws to life with an interactive model to help understand velocity and force.

Make Your Own Cloud

Learn the types of clouds and create your own. You may have seen the cloud in the bottle experiment, but what about making a cloud in your mouth?! Learn the physics behind it, and give it a try!

Get Your Beverage Ice Cold

Practical science experiments are the best! Figure out how the fastest way to cool a can of soda (or flavored sparkling water in a can) with this experiment you can complete with objects in your home then take your icy cold beverage to the pool, on a walk, or just pop the tab at home!

Make Your Own Smart Phone Projector

The big bonus to this project is watching your favorite Netflix series or YouTube videos on your wall! Learn about convex lenses (like the human eye), and build your own projector with cardboard, magnifying glass (or camera lens), and a smartphone!

Make Giant Gummy Bears

Learn about osmosis and diffusion and watch your gummy bears grow in this experiment! (Just make sure not to eat all the goodies before you get started!)

Want to try some more awesome experiments? Here are a few sites to check out with dozens of ideas to bring out the scientist in you!

Home Experiments on

Backyard Brains (some experiments require additional equipment for purchase)

KidSpot Science Experiments

Energy Quest Science Projects

Science Toy Maker


Project Noah

NASA Space Place

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10 Homeschool Science Experiments for December

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With so many holidays in December, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting things done! It’s also a great time to encourage curiosity in children by exploring the science behind some of our favorite things!

10 Holiday Science Experiments

These 10 holiday science experiments are sure to bring the joy of exploration and discovery into your lesson plans. These holiday science experiments cover the most popular December holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year!

Jumping Tinsel Christmas Static Electricity Science Experiment

Ok, don’t hate me for this one. Just thinking about tinsel makes me pull out my vacuum cleaner too, but you’re going to be cleaning it up one way or another. You might as well put it to good use and teach the kids about static electricity.


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Fun Winter Science Experiments for Homeschoolers

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Fun Winter Science Experiments for Homeschoolers

Do think that just because it’s cold outside it means you’re out of luck when it comes to fun science experiments?

No way!

There’s a lot of cool things (no pun intended) you can do to make science fun!

Fun Winter Science Experiments for Homeschoolers


Steve Spangler Science – Magic Crystal Snowflake

We know that bringing real snowflakes inside your home individually is next to impossible. But with some fun hands-on chemistry and your imagination, you can make the perfect holiday experiment. And the best thing about these snow flakes is that they don’t melt.

Housing a Forest – Frozen Bubbles

Have you tried blowing frozen bubbles? Get ready to get that winter wonderland feeling with all those frozen floating orbs all around you. Grab your bubble wands and head outdoors and see the magic happen.

Kitchen Pantry Scientist – The Chemistry of Minnesota Ice

With some ice cubes, a glass of water, a piece of kitchen twine or string about 6 inches long and some salt, you can lift ice from your glass of water without using your finger. Impossible? No, when you know how to do it right!

Science Sparks – Ice Experiments: Making Frost

If you’re having a hard time explaining to your kids the frost they see on the grass in the morning, this idea is perfect! Do this experiment with your kids and let them see crystals of ice growing on each other.

Creekside Learning – Learning With Literature: The Mitten

Surprise your kids as they find out that it is our body heat that keeps us warm and the cloth of the mitten simply traps the warmth. What a wonderful learning opportunity, and fun too!

Lemon Lime Adventures – Pine Cone Science

Have your kids ever wondered why pine cones open and close? Try this pine cone science experiment and let them find out!

Little Bins for Little Hands –Science Erupting Ornaments

Make a great science lesson with your kids by erupting holiday ornaments! You’ll enjoy baking soda fizzy eruptions any time of the year. The fizzy bubbling action is really a reaction from baking soda and vinegar mixing, which releases a gas called carbon dioxide.

Teach Preschool – Fun With Frozen Making Ice Grow

Can ice grow? Yes, it can! And you don’t even have to be Elsa to do that. Learn what crystallization means. Pour a steady stream of water over ice and you will see the ice begin to grow.

Inspirational Laboratories – Snow and Water Science Experiment

This is an opportunity to talk to your kids about the phases or states of water – solid, liquid, and gas. Get some snow and use cold water, room temperature water, and hot water and see what happens.

Artful Parent – Melting Ice Science Experiment with Salt Liquid Watercolors

This is truly a beautiful melting ice science experiment is one worth doing (and repeating). I hope you try it! And if you’ve tried it before, give it another go!

Science Sparks – Snow Volcano

You’ll love how easy this is to make! With some snow, vinegar and baking soda,

A Mom With a Lesson Plan – Christmas Science Experiment

This is an easy science experiment your kids will love. Just buy some candy canes and get three cups of water and you’re good to go!

Frugal Fun 4 Boys – How Snowshoes Work

Animals in snowy regions need large paws. That makes it easier for them to walk on snow. This is a fun activity to demonstrate how snowshoes work and why animals would need wide paws.

Coffee Cups and Crayons – Insta Snow Science Experiments

This fun activity also doubles for sensory play. Do this with your kids and as you go along, ask them, “Do we need:  More water? More glitter? Less water next time?” Let them scoop and pour and explore.

Kitchen Pantry Scientist – Snow Science

Fun facts: “Twenty inches of snow* equals one inch of water on average.” Surprised? (10 inches of snow* should melt down to around 1/2  inch of water or 50cm of snow* should melt down to 2.5cm.) Try putting some snow in a clear container and measure how deep it is!

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Save 50% off Green Kid Crafts Ocean Science Box!

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Get ready for Not-Back-to-School with Green Kid Crafts’ Discovery Boxes!

From now until midnight on 8/2/15, you can receive their August Ocean Science Discovery Box for less than $10 (50% off) when you start a new subscription! (You can cancel anytime.)

Your pint-sized oceanographers will go on a journey to the deep blue sea with SIX different projects. They’ll make their own “motion ocean” while learning about density and ocean wave formation, design coral reef bubble paintings, “save” felt sea life caught in nets and learn about bycatch, create a mock oil spill and learn about oil spill science, and make glowing jellyfish for bath time. PLUS new subscribers using the code OCEAN50 will receive a free bonus wall map of the world’s oceans and continents. Green Kid Crafts’ award-winning Discovery Boxes pack a lot of fun and learning into convenient packages.

Each box contains lots of Creativity and STEM Science Kits, extension activities, and free online extras. Projects are designed for ages 3-10. Use code OCEAN50 from 7/31/15-8/02/15 to get your 50% off!



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Easy Curriculum: Green Kid Crafts Subscription Deal

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If you’re looking for a fun, casual way to incorporate learning this summer (or any time of year, for that matter), you may  want to check out this deal on a 3-month subscription to Green Kid Crafts at

Each month, you’ll receive a box with 4-6 STEM activities surrounding a particular theme like “oceans” or “outer space,” along with additional activity suggestions you can do at home, reading lists, games, puzzles and more.  This sounds like a great start to a theme unit to me!

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There’s only a few subscriptions left at the really low price of $37 (total, for the 3 months!), so hurry on over to and get yours!


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3 Fun Science Experiments Using Everyday Objects

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Teaching science in your homeschool doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated.  (I can’t guarantee that it won’t be messy, though!)  With a few, simple, everyday objects from around the house you and your children can conduct these fun science experiments easily!

Click the “next” arrow for experiments to learn about gravity, static electricity and sound.  Get ready for some fun! Finger in the Bowl

goldfish-gravityConcept: Gravity

Does a bowl of water weigh more with a goldfish in it than it does without the fish?  This question usually provokes considerable argument.  What do you think the answer is?  If you said “Yes,” then you are correct!  The bowl’s weight is increased by exactly the weight of the fish inside.

Suppose you nearly poke a finger into the water.  Most people would guess that this would not make the bowl heavier, but it does.  The bowl’s weight is increased by the weight of the water your finger displaces, as you can easily demonstrate.

Place a glass on each end of a ruler, with a pencil beneath, to form a crude balance scale.  Adjust the pencil until the scale is almost, but not quite, balanced.  Now plunge your finger into the raised class, taking care to touch only the water.  The extra weight will immediately tip the “scale” the other way.

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10 Easy Science Experiments You Can Do Right Now

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There’s a much better way to teach kids aside from reading books. Here are 10 easy science experiments you can do with your kids today that they’ll definitely remember far longer compared to when they just read them from the books!

Click the “next” arrow for these 10 easy science experiments.  Get ready for great learning and some awesome fun!

Hard to Freeze

hard to freezePurpose

To determine the effect of dissolved nutrients on the freezing rate of water. How does this affect the freezing rate of plants?


  • 2 5-ounce (150 mL) paper cups
  • tap water
  • masking tape
  • marking pen
  • refrigerator
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) salt
  • spoon


  1. Fill both cups with water. Use the tape and marking pen to label one salt water and the other water.
  2. Add the salt to the cup labeled salt water and stir.
  3. Place both cups in freezer.
  4. Observe the cups periodically for 12 hours.


The salt water never freezes as hard as the pure water.


Salt lowers the freezing point of water. The pure water was able to freeze at a warmer temperature than the salty water. Plants freeze at different rates. Their surface area affects this, but it is also possible that the amount of dissolved nutrients in the cell fluid affects their resistance to the cold. Farmers find that bean, cucumber, eggplant, and tomato plants cannot stand even the lightest frost while plants like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and turnips can withstand heavy frosts. Some of these durable plants have large leaves. The materials dissolved in the leaves may help to make these plants more frost resistant.

Magic Solution

magic solutionsPurpose

To float an egg in a “magic solution”.


  • 2 clear, plastic cups
  • tap water
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.3 mL) milk
  • 3 tablespoons table salt
  • spoon
  • 2 small eggs

Caution: Always wash hands after touching an uncooked egg. It may contain harmful bacteria.


  1. Fill both cups ¾ full with water.
  2. Add the milk to 1 cup of water. (This will be referred to as the magic solution.)
  3. Place an egg in each cup.


The egg floats in the “magic solution” but floats in the milky solution.

NOTE: If the egg does not float in the magic solution, add more salt to the water.


The milk was added only to give the water a cloudy appearance like the “magic” salt water. The egg floats because it is not as dense as the salty water. The dense salt water is able to hold the egg up. The egg in the milky water is denser than the water; thus, it sinks.

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3 Homeschool Science Experiments for Exploring Light

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A photography of a rainbow around the sun

Whether you are studying light in your current science curriculum or just want to have some hands-on fun, these 3 light science experiments are sure to be a hit. Better yet, they don’t require any special tools or equipment. Children (with the help of an adult) can conduct these experiments using materials you’re likely to have on hand!

Make a Stroboscope

make-a-stroboscopeA stroboscope is a device that cuts of flight at regular intervals of time. When you look through it at a rhythmically moving object, the motion seems to slow down or even to stop. A simple stroboscope is easily made by cutting eight narrow slots at evenly space intervals around the rim of a cardboard circle. Put a pin through the center and stick the pin into the eraser of a pencil so you can spin the disk in front of one eye.

Look through the moving rim at a rotating object (like a fan). Depending on the relative speeds of the stroboscope and object, the object will appear to be stationary or to move slowly in the direction of its actual spin or to move slowly in the opposite direction. This is because you see the object only at regularly space instants and do not see its movements in between.

Stroboscopic illusions are frequent in movies because the movie camera takes its series of pictures at even spaced intervals.

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