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7 colorful science experiments for kids that you can do at-home, with items you may already own!

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7 colorful science experiments you can do at-home

Click through these experiments for detailed instructions, facilitation tips and takeaways with printable PDFs!

#1: Learn About Chromatography

You’ll need:

  • Tall glass, with ½ to ¾ of an inch of water
  • Coffee filter
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Non-permanent markers

Marker tips

#2: Explore Color with Benham’s Disk

You’ll need:

  • CD
  • Benham’s disk pattern (included below)
  • Marble
  • A small bottle cap (or other object to make handle)
  • Hot glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Underside of compact disc covered in glue

#3: Make Your Own Rainbow

You’ll need:

  • Big bowl full of water in a clear container
  • Small mirror
  • Sheet of white paper
  • Sunlit window

Rainbow lighting up a person's hand

#4: Explore Colors with Ice

You’ll need:

  • Different colored square pieces of paper or fabric larger than an ice cube
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Tray or newspaper for each child’s “workspace” (optional)
  • Food dyes (optional)

Colored ice cubes in a drinking glass of water

#5: Make Water Walk

You’ll need:

  • Three clear cups or jars (they should be approximately the same size)
  • White paper towels
  • Food coloring in various colors or beet juice
  • Water

Glass of water containing swirls of colored fluid

#6: Make Art with Bubbles

You’ll need:

  • Tempera paint in various colors
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Bowls (soup bowls are the perfect size)
  • White paper
  • Straws
  • Water
  • Tablecloth (Cover your table. This can get messy!)

Bubbles floating in air

#7: Make Rainbow Paper

You’ll need:

  • A bowl filled with water
  • Clear nail polish
  • Small pieces of black construction paper (quarter sheets work well)
  • Paper towels for drying your artwork

Rainbow across cloudy sky

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