Cheap and inspirational projects for kids is all about the fun you will have. Kids need to be taught the value of creative thinking. Creative thinking in children leads to critical thinking in adults. And is an important skill that should be cultivated.
1. Color Changing Squirty Chalk
Color changing squirty chalk is fun for kids on a couple of levels. kids get to watch as a liquid mystifyingly becomes a dry solid. They also get to be very artistic and playful. Encourage children to mix the three basic colors to ‘magically’ make other colors appear.
2. Fizzy Ice Science
Fizzy Ice Science is an exceptional experiment even for the little ones. The crystals can be colored with food coloring. Kids can help by mixing the ingredients and watching the chemical reactions.
3. Bottle Rocket
Making a bottle rocket is always fun and very educational for kids. Kids get a hands-on lesson in physics, as well as learning the elements of what makes a bottle rocket move. This bottle rocket uses water and air to take off.
4. Make Your Own Snow
Children will delight in their ability to make snow year round. Only two every day household products combined make this experiment possible. Put together and let the fun begin. The snow is surprisingly, naturally cold.
5. Sand Volcano
A sand volcano can teach both chemical reactions and geology. The volcano can be built indoors, in a sandbox, or at the beach. In any case, kids will have fun and learn at the same time.
6. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt can be held either indoors or outdoors. An indoor scavenger hunt might concentrate on sensory, such as finding rough or smooth items. While an outdoor scavenger hunt might consist of finding things in nature, such as, certain leaves.
7. Bouncing Bubbles
Bouncing bubbles are a great project either for in or outdoors. Kids will love watching and blowing these unique bubbles.
8. Chalk Rockets
These chalk rockets are explosively good fun. Everyday products are used to create the necessary chain of chemical reactions.
9. Potion Lab
Every kid should have a potion lab to play around in. Kids can mix food coloring with water or mix baking soda with vinegar for some chemical reactions. Children should wear eye protection gear.
10. Squirt Gun Science
Squirt gun science involves the chemical bubbling reaction from vinegar and baking soda. The surprise for the child was the color dots mom had left under the baking soda. Eye protection goggles are a good idea for this experiment.
11. Grow Grass Heads
Growing grass heads is a fairly simple (but very messy) experiment for kids. They will love watching their miniature creations sprout green hair.
12. Create Rain Clouds
Rain clouds are fun and easy to make. In addition they become more educational when the children ‘fill’ the clouds with ‘rain’. It’s a great time to teach the kids about weather.
13. Geyser Experiment
Create a geyser simply with cola and some mentos. It does not matter what flavor the mentos are. Just drop some in and watch the fun.
14. Beans In A Bag
Children will delight in this experiment. The author said that in some cases the beans did not grow. However, even the beans that did not grow, resulted in discussions about why some grew while others did not.
15. Balance Beam
The balance beam can be in or outdoors.Use masking tape or long wooden blocks when indoors. Long wooden blocks can also be used outdoors. The balance beam strengthens leg muscles and improves balance.
16. No Soil Planting
Place damp paper towels in baking pans for this experiment. Plant seeds in rows and gently lay a plastic bag on top of all. Put in a sunny spot and watch the fun.
17. Sticky Paper Trace
Stenciling prepares children for the task of writing later own. This project uses the sticky side of contact paper to keep the stencils from sliding.
18. Liquid Sand
Liquid sand provides hours of fun and is surprisingly easy to make. Kids can indulge for hours with under water sand castles and far more.
19. Lava Lamp
Making a lava lamp is easy and kids will love the results. Preschoolers will especially love watching and mixing the ingredients together.
20. Ice Volcano
Ice volcanoes will keep little hands busy for hours. The use of droppers helps develop fine motor skills.
21. Elephant’s Toothpaste
Elephant’s toothpaste is an experiment in catalysts that older kids will enjoy. The catalyst speeds up the experiment and also gives off heat during the experiment.
22. Regrowing Vegetables Experiment
This experiment shows how celery can be regrown from the root. The experiment is extremely easy to do. Just set the root in water and a sunny location to watch it grow.
23. Pencil And Baggy Experiment
This experiment surprised me and the kids really loved it. Before starting ask the children what they think will happen and then record what actually happens.
24. Color Changing Milk
This experiment is sure to bring a lot of oohs and ahhs. The resulting color explosion is quite beautiful.
25. Water Bottle Fountain
The water bottle fountain shows that air takes space even though it can’t be seen. Kids up to 12 years of age will get a kick out of this experiment.