Looking for ways to keep kids busy during quarantine? Home science experiments are both educational and fun. Plus, they don't have to be complicated to be cool, and many can be done with items you have on hand at home or can still easily buy online.
Case in point: these three at-home science experiments for kids that can be done with just baking soda and vinegar. (We tried all three on our own kids in the name of research, and all were crowd pleasers for kids aged two-12).
Here's how to do them, and what you need for each.
For more creative ideas, check out 9 crafts to try while social distancing.
The self-inflating balloon
This fun experiment uses baking soda and vinegar to blow up a balloon. It requires a plastic bottle with a small mouth plus, you guessed it, a balloon, baking soda and vinegar. If you have it on hand, a small funnel helps, too, since you'll be pouring baking soda into the balloon. Our smallest researchers, ages two and four, loved this one.
The classic volcano
This was probably your go-to for the science fair, and it's just as fun 20 years later. To make an erupting volcano, you'll need baking soda, vinegar, and a plastic bottle. If you want to get creative or give your volcano even more oomph, add dish soap and food coloring to your mixture, or use air dry clay or play-dough to build up the outside of your volcano around the bottle. The video below shows the full how-to.
The bottle rocket
If you'd rather take the experiment outside to enjoy the weather (or to keep the mess out of the house), a classic bottle rocket is easy an fun. Plus, if you have older kids, you can have them make the rocket launch stand, too. Just make sure everyone stands clear for the big blast-off.