One thing we may not have known in the beginning of our homeschool journeys is that we can totally do plenty of budget-friendly science experiments right from our own home.
This post is part of the Budget-Friendly Resources Series
Science experiments are more than just keeping your student’s attention. They are more than getting your kids to do hands-on activities.
Experiments aren’t just for entertaining kids so they have fun while learning. That eventually gets exhausting.
Science experiments allow students to practice science, get results, work on inquiry skills, develop hypotheses, make predictions, collect data, and drawing conclusions.
Yes, science experiments can be super fun like this ultimate list below. However, the main point of science experiments is for children to learn and to be students that can develop questions and ones that know that for every action there is a consequence/reaction.
The best part about exploring science experiments at home is that you do not need a lab or super expensive lab equipment for your kids to get the absolute most out of the activities.
There is no special equipment required and you, parents, do not need a science degree to guide your students through them.
As a matter of fact, you can grab these FREE science experiment worksheets from Year-Round Homeschooling to provide your kiddos with the ability to keep track of all their experiments throughout the year, from beginning to end.
The list of experiments below can be done with items you can get at a dollar store. You will even have most of the items you need in your home already.
These budget-friendly science experiments can take you through engaging science learning throughout your homeschool year.
Science Experiments for Kids in Under 10 Minutes (FREE Printable Poster) | Go Science Kids
7 Budget-Friendly Science Experiments | The Cents Able Shoppin
50 Homeschool Science Experiments (that cost next to nothing) | FREE Homeschool Deals
6 Fun Science Experiments to Do At Home (Using Household Items!) | Three Kids Three Cats and a Husband
50 Amazingly Simple Science Experiments for Kids at Home | Hands on As We Grow
52 Simple Science Experiments for Kids | Parenting Healthy Babies
17 Easy Science Experiments That Look Like Magic (Video) | 5-Minute Crafts
Easy Science Experiments for Kids with Household Items | Paper Scissors Craft
7 Easy and Fun STEM Science Experiments to Do at Home | Attachment Mummy
Easy Science Experiments to Do At Home with the Kids | Free Time with Kids
64 Easy Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home | Mommy Poppins
43 Science Experiments to Blow Your Kid’s Mind! | How Wee Learn
Science Experiments for Kids | Hands On as We Grow
5 Easy Science Experiments for Kids | The Growing Creatives
Simple Science Experiments every Kids Should Try Easily | STEAM Powered Family
Gigantic List of Science Experiments | The Growing Creatives
100 Fun Science Experiments and Science Fair Projects for Kids | Go Science Girls
Budget-friendly water experiments:
Density of Water Experiment | Premeditated Leftovers
Oil & Water Experiment | Play Learn Grow
Water Suspension Science Experiment for Kids | A Mothership Down
Fizzing Ice Science Experiment | Life Over Cs
Burning Candle in Water Experiment | Mom Brite
Learn About Hot and Cold Temperature Science Experiments For Kids | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Fun Science Experiment! – Learning how plants absorb water! | Paging Fun Mums
Mixing Oil and Water Experiment + FREEBIE | A Dab of Glue Will Do
Salt Water Experiment – Ocean Science for Kids | Science Kiddo
Hot and Cold Temperature Science Experiments + FREE Experiments | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Budget-friendly yummy (or food) experiments:
Fun Taste Test Science Experiments for Kids | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Fizzy Apple Volcano Science Experiment | Living Life and Learning
Floating M M&M Candy Science Experiment | Little Bins, Little Hands
How to Make Ice Cream Quicker using Heat Transfer! | From Engineer to SAHM
10+ Egg Experiments | Science-Sparks
Exploding Milk Experiment | Mess for Less
Skittles Science Experiment | ABCs of Literacry
Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Food | Free Time with the Kids
Popcorn and Salt Science Experiment | Awe-Filled Homemaker
Disappearing Egg Shell Science Experiment | The Growing Creatives
Incredibly Fun Easy Science Experiments For Kids | STEAMsational
Exciting Magic Milk Science Experiment for Kids | Fun Learning for Kids
2 Easy Egg Science Experiments for Kids | Intentional Summer
Separate Salt and Pepper with Static Electricity | Science Kiddo
Dancing Raisins Science Experiment for Kids | Fun Learning for Kids
The Jellybean Experiment | STEMHAX
Apple Science Experiments | Little Bins, Little Hands
Candy Science Experiments & STEM Challenge | Lessons for Little Ones
Color Changing Milk Science Experiment | KidsActivities.com
100 AMAZING Food Experiments for Kids | 123 Homeschool4Me
Skittles Science Starry Night Experiment | STEAM Powered Family
Naked Eggs Cells Unit Study – An Egg in Vinegar Experiment | STEAM Powered Family
Apple Oxidation Science Experiment with FREE Science Reading Activity | Teaching with Jennifer Findley
40 Genius Kitchen Science Lab Projects For Kids | STEAM Powered Family
How To Make A Lemon Volcano – Beautiful, amazing smelling, science | STEAM Powered Family
GLOW IN THE DARK EGGS | Frugal Coupon Living
Does Smell Affect Taste? A Tasty Experiment | Gluesticks
Seasonal budget-friendly experiments:
Pine Cone Science Experiment for Kids – Why Do Pinecones Open? | Lemon Lime Adventures
Grow the Grinch’s Heart Science Experiment | Creative Family Fun
Fizzing Christmas Science Baking Soda Experiments | Fun with Mama
Science Experiment: Bend Your Candy Cane!! | Preschool Powol Packets
Opening and Closing Pine Cones: Simple Science Experiment | Life with Moore Babies
Reindeer Toothpaste Christmas Science Experiment | Preschool Powol Packets
Easy Fall Leaf Science Experiment: Exploring Colors & Chlorophyll With Kids | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Snowstorm in a Jar Winter Science Experiment | onelittleproject
Budget-friendly experiments with specific items you already have at home:
Self-Inflating Balloon: Baking Soda And Vinegar Balloon Experiment | Teach Beside Me
5 Minute Science Experiments For Kids | Frugal Coupon Living
Toothpick Star Trick Science Experiment for Kids | Rookie Parenting
Crushing Cans Science Experiment | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Floating Dry Erase Rainbow and Shapes Experiment | Active Littles
Easy and Free Science Experiments | Samson Shoppe
Easy Inertia Science Experiments with Pennies | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Static Electricity Science Experiment for Kids – Falling Up | Planning Play Time
Exploding Baggies Science Experiment for Kids | KidsActivities.com
Baking Soda and Vinegar Science: Dancing Rice | Buggy and Buddy
Tornado in a Jar | Growing a Jeweled Rose
Static Electricity Experiment for Kids | A Dab of Glue Will Do
Can Rocks Float? A Floating Rock Science Experiment with Pumice | Play Based Parenting
Simple Color Mixing Science Experiments for Preschoolers | My Mundane and Miraculous Life
Of course, there is more, I couldn’t help it.
Borax Uses for Kids – 15 Easy Borax Recipes | Frugal Coupon Living
Hovercraft Science Experiment (with items you have at home) | Living Life and Learning
Leak-Proof Bag – Kid’s Science Experiment | Paging Gun Mums
Science Experiment for Kids- Floating or Sinking Eggs | JDaniel4sMom
S.T.E.M Sound Experiment | Teaching Ideas
Baking Soda & Vinegar Science Experiments for Kids | Artful Parent
Magic Toothpick Science Experiment for Preschoolers | Sweet Frugal Life
Science for Kids: Make Old Pennies Shiny Again! | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Sink or Float Experiment: Physics for Kids | KCEdventures
Glitter Volcano Science Experiment | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
Human Sundial Shadow Science Experiments | Rhythms of Play
Make Green Pennies Science Activity Copper Experiment | Little Bins, Little Hands
Easy Seed Science Experiments & Parts Of A Seed Activities | Around the Kampfire
Rock Science Experiments | KCEdventures
Static Electricity Butterfly Experiment | I heart Crafty Things
Cloud In A Jar Weather Activity For Kids | Little Bins, Little Hands
Color Changing Flowers Science Experiment | Fun Learning for Kids
Grow a Rainbow Experiment | The Best Ideas for Kids
Windy and Cool Science Experiments with FREE Printable | JDaniel4sMom
Sun Science Experiments & Book Suggestions | Lessons 4 Little Ones
10 Baking Soda Science Experiments for Kids | Meraki Lane
Walking Water Experiment and FREEBIE | A Dab of Glue Will Do
8 Simple Science Experiments with Bugs | iGameMom
Science experiments can instill curiosity and an interest in science that a textbook can never do.
For parents, it is good to know that science experiments don’t have to be costly or time-consuming. They can be simple yet create lasting results in your child’s knowledge base.
AND… YES, these budget-friendly science experiments will be loads of fun for the family as well.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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