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Fun Science Experiments to do with Toddlers at Home

Early experiences with science can help children develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while also instilling an appreciation for the world around them.

There’s no better way to get your toddler interested in science than by doing hands-on experiments together. And don’t worry — these experiments are kid-friendly, easy to set up, and don’t require expensive supplies.

Here are some of our favorite fun science experiments for toddlers:

  1. Lava Lamp

Pour vegetable oil into a large, clear container (like a flower vase) until it’s three-quarters full. Then, pour in water until the liquid is about 2 inches from the top. Next, add the food coloring of your choice. Finally, drop in an Alka-Seltzer tab. Watch as water, oil, and carbon dioxide work together to create lava lamp magic!

  1. DIY Putty

In a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 ½ tablespoons of dish soap. Knead the ingredients together until a putty forms. You’ve successfully turned two household items into pliable, fun putty!

  1. Volcano

Little ones will be amazed to see a volcanic eruption right in their kitchen! Add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda to a large, tall glass or water bottle. If you’d like to add some pizzazz, drop in some food coloring and glitter. Quickly pour about a ½ cup of vinegar into the glass and watch as the chemical reaction creates an eruption of foam!

Tip: Place the glass in the sink or a baking dish to avoid a big mess on the counters!

  1. Homemade Slime

In one bowl, mix ¼ cup of water and ¼ cup of white school glue. Add some food coloring and glitter if you’d like to make pretty slime! In another bowl, mix ½ tbs Borax with ½ a cup of water and stir until the Borax has dissolved. Pour the Borax-water into the glue-water and mix until you have stretchy slime!


Here at Imagine, we make it a point to teach our budding geniuses the fundamentals of science, so they can better understand the world around them and explore their curiosity.  Contact us today to learn more!