46% of American K-12 students in a recent survey indicated that they didn’t like science classes because they were too hard. Nurturing a childhood interest in science early is critical for success in the classroom later in life. Knowing some easy backyard science experiments can help you set your child up on the road to success. Conducting science in your backyard can also be a fun hobby for you! So what are some fun backyard science activities?
We have compiled a few examples of some fun ways to learn about Backyard Science Projects here in this guide. Get ready to get creative and have fun by checking it out! Read on to learn about some easy backyard science projects.
The Classic Backyard Volcano
This project involves baking soda, vinegar, red food coloring, soap, a bottle, and paper-mâché. You can get as in-depth as you want with the construction of your volcano. What is important is that you craft it around a bottle.
Next, mix liquid soap, water, and food coloring in the bottle in the middle of your newly-constructed volcano model. Now, mix the baking soda with water in a separate container. Pour it into the bottle and watch the eruption!
Stargazing and Astronomy
Stargazing and other astronomy-related backyard science activities are a great way to teach your child about the cosmos. A telescope can heighten the experience, but many constellations can be seen with the naked eye.
Find a star-gazing chart online or in a textbook and point out some key constellations like the Big Dipper. Next, start making simple scientific observations like how long it takes to get dark after sunset.
Solar Cooking with Backyard Science
Making a homemade solar cooker is a great way to teach your child about heat transfer and solar energy. They will also enjoy a tasty snack all at the same time. There are many different ways to create a solar oven. Here is one simple example.
In essence, all you need to do is coat a box with tin foil, place a simple food item (like marshmallows) inside, and put it outside on a sunny day facing the right direction. Your child will watch as the power of the sun cooks for them!
An Introduction to Biology
Your backyard is a wondrous world of plant and animal life. From the macroscopic world of birds and small mammals to the microscopic world of bacteria and other microbes. Build or buy a microscope to observe the latter.
The former can be observed and learned about using various guides and information online. Have your child catalog the various species found around your yard into a fun booklet they can reference. Further their research online.
Backyard Science for Kids is Fun and Easy
Knowing some entertaining backyard science experiments is the best way to set your child up for success once they enter the school system. The examples in this guide are only a few of the experiments you can conduct.
Start your child’s forays into the scientific world with the experiments in this guide. Then, think of some others you can conduct based on their interests. Read other articles on our site again soon for more content like this!