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From a potato clock to a volcano kit, these science projects are fun for kids

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Science projects are more than just a showy presentation on science fair day. Working on these projects can boost your child’s confidence and skills for future studies, experiments and presentations, as well as create a deeper understanding of a topic or the scientific process.

While science fair projects can be fun, they can be a hefty amount of work as well as stressful, and choosing a topic can be one of the most challenging parts.

Here are some tips to help you guide your child to a science project that fits their interest, deadline and budget, plus some fun science project kits to try out.

Types of science projects

Before deciding on a project idea, it’s worth considering which type of science fair project your child would like to do. If they are interested in a particular subject, but short on project ideas, understanding the differences in approach may help guide them along a clearer path.

Science project formats include:

  • Experiment/investigation: Make and test a hypothesis.
  • Demonstration: Re-test a classic experiment.
  • Research: Report findings from particular topics.
  • Model: Create something that demonstrates a concept.
  • Collection: Present extensive knowledge over a chosen topic.

Project process‌

Your child’s teacher will dictate the rubric for their science project, but as a general rule of thumb, the steps will involve:

  • Choosing a testable question
  • Designing and conducting an experiment
  • Examining the results

Sharing the experiment and results, which can include a project title, the hypothesis, materials used, the procedure, results, background research and conclusion.

Project materials‌

If you’re going full creative from the get-go, you’ll need to know where to find and stock up on the necessities.

If you want to minimize your shopping list, opt for a starter kit that provides the basics for a specific project. For example, instead of making your own volcano, model mold kits are available to buy to get you a head start.

Project ideas based on age

If you or your child are feeling stuck, consider these project ideas based on what grade your child is in at school.

Elementary school‌

  • A volcano
  • Salt crystals with their favorite toys
  • A lava lamp
  • Bath bombs
  • A potato battery

Middle school‌

  • Discover the best soil for growing seeds.
  • Examine which bubble gum makes the biggest bubbles.
  • Experiment with variables that make pennies rust at different speeds.
  • Create a balloon lung.
  • Explore how various materials respond to magnets.

High school‌

  • Measure water quality.
  • Make an infinity mirror using LED lights.
  • Experiment with bacteria growth.
  • Explore fingerprint analysis.
  • Discover the impact of weather and what influences it.

Courtney Love is a writer for BestReviews, a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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