Budget-Friendly Science Experiments

October 14, 2020

Jeannette Tuionetoa

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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.

Budget-Friendly Science Experiments


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.

Science Experiment Worksheets

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

10 Minute Science Activities text with image collage of science experiment examples

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

12 Cheap Fizzing, Popping, and Erupting Kids’ Science Experiments | Saving Sarah

15 Very Simple Science Experiments (Using What You Already Have at Home!) | No Guilt Mom

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

Jello And Vinegar Experiment For Scented Science Fun | Fun-a-Day

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:

Mason Jar Science Experiments

Mason Jar Science Experiments

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

10 Hands-On Weather Science Experiments for Kids | iGameMom

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.

Budget-Friendly Science Experiments

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