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Fun and Easy Science Projects

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Find an easy science project that you can do using common household materials. These easy projects are great for fun, home school science education, or for school science lab experiments.

Mentos and Diet Soda Fountain

David asked why we were using diet soda instead of regular soda for the mentos and diet soda geyser.
Anne Helmenstine
All you need is a roll of Mentos candies and a bottle of diet soda to make a fountain that shoots soda into the air. This is an outdoor science project that works with any soda, but clean-up is easier if you use a diet drink.

Slime Science Project

Slime
Anne Helmenstine
There are many different ways to make slime. Choose from this collection of recipes to make slime using materials you have on hand. This science project is easy enough even young kids can make slime.

Easy Invisible Ink Project

Write a secret message and reveal it using science! There are several easy invisible ink recipes yo can try:

Easy Vinegar and Baking Soda Volcano

Adding baking soda causes the volcano to erupt.
Anne Helmenstine
The chemical volcano is a popular science project because it is very easy and yields reliable results. The basic ingredients for this type of volcano are baking soda and vinegar, which you probably have in your kitchen.

Lava Lamp Science Project

You can make your own lava lamp using safe household ingredients.
Anne Helmenstine
The type of lava lamp you would buy at the store actually involves some fairly complex chemistry. Fortunately, there is an easy version of this science project that uses non-toxic household ingredients to make a fun and rechargeable lava lamp.

Easy Ivory Soap in the Microwave

It looks like he is offering you a cream pie or whipped cream, but that's soap!
Anne Helmenstine
Ivory Soap can be microwaved for an easy science project. This particular soap contains air bubbles that expand when the soap is heated, turning the soap into a foam right before your eyes. The composition of the soap is unchanged, so you can still use it just like bar soap.

Rubber Egg and Chicken Bones Project

If you soak a raw egg in vinegar, its shell will dissolve and the egg will gel.
Anne Helmenstine
Vinegar reacts with the calcium compounds found in egg shells and chicken bones so that you can make a rubbery egg or bendable chicken bones. You can bounce the treated egg like a ball. The project is extremely easy and yields consistent results.

Easy Crystal Science Projects

Copper Sulfate Crystals
Anne Helmenstine
Growing crystals is a fun science project. While some crystals can be hard to grow, there are several you can grow quite easily:

Easy No-Cook Smoke Bomb

This homemade smoke bomb is easy to make and only requires two ingredients.
Anne Helmenstine
The traditional smoke bomb recipe calls for cooking two chemicals over a stove, but there is a simple version that doesn't require any cooking. Smoke bombs require adult supervision to light, so even though this science project is extremely easy, use some care.

Easy Density Column

You can make a colorful many-layered density column using common household liquids.
Anne Helmenstine
There are several common household chemicals that may be layered in a glass to form an interesting and attractive density column. The easy way to get success with the layers is to pour the new layer very slowly over the back of the spoon just above the last liquid layer.

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