18 Best Elementary School Science Projects To Try Today

The main thing students enjoy about science is all the fun experiments that they can partake in.

Sitting and going over worksheets may help to develop your students’ knowledge of a particular topic. However, for that knowledge to really stick in the students minds, a fun experience can help. 

18 Best Elementary School Science Projects To Try Today

Science projects can keep your students engaged, focused and entertained. We have collected the 18 best science projects that are perfect for elementary students to try today.

1. Make A Volcano

One of the most traditional science projects to set for your elementary school students is creating their own volcano.

Students love to design and create their own volcano. They will be blown away by the chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar mixture. Hence, this is a great way to introduce your students to elements and reactions. 

2. Lava Lamp

Every child is fascinated by how a lava lamp works, and now they can learn how it functions while creating their own.

You may create your own (temporary) DIY lava lamp with the help of this project and common items! It is simple, secure, and has a great appearance.

3. Dissecting A Flower

All elementary school teachers are aware of how much kids like disassembling things!

In this “flower dissection,” your students will get to closely examine the components of a plant, by pulling and cutting it apart.

Students are prompted to sort and categorize each part of the flower, in this project. 

It can be difficult to visualize the many components of a flower from a diagram in a book, but dissecting a flower is a terrific method to demonstrate to the children visually.

4. Leaf Chromatography

Children are enthralled by the hues of the leaves when they first start to transform into their autumnal hues and fall to the ground!

The chromatography experiment, also known as color separation, aids pupils in identifying various tones in the leaves they collect.

Rubbing alcohol,  paper towels, and some kitchen utensils are the only necessities.

With the help of this fascinating leaf chromatography science project, children may examine the many pigments present in leaves and discover the reason why leaves change color.

5. Water And Oil

This easy scientific experiment teaches color theory while examining the characteristics of oil and water. This is an easy, short experiment that is ideal for elementary school.

Encourage pupils to take notes on what they see, play around with simple color mixing techniques, or combine the two materials together.

6. Crystal Names

With the help of this crystal experiment, combine science and literacy! By making the borax solution from basic components, test your class’s ability to follow instructions.

Then, as crystals form around their pipe cleaner letters, your kids will be fascinated. 

You can then showcase the crystal pipe cleaner letters around your classroom as decoration. 

7. Create A Rain Cloud In A Jar

This exciting science project helps your students understand more about rain and clouds. It is really simple to set up, as all you require are jars, water, shaving cream and food coloring.

Your students will be amazed and be able to visualize how rain is created by clouds. 

8. Magic Inflating Balloons

Get a dry, clean bottle, add a little vinegar and baking soda to it. Put a balloon over the lips of the bottle right away. A safe gas is created when the two liquids react. 

Due to the balloon, this gas will be unable to escape the bottle and will instead force it to inflate. Your kids will be in awe as they see the balloon inflate thanks to the gas.

9. Turning Milk Into Plastic

Casein protein molecules can be found in milk. The pH of milk is altered when vinegar is introduced.

The casein molecules spread out and rearrange into long chains as a result of the pH change, curdling the milk.

The curds are  kneaded and formed into a substance that resembles plastic in appearance and feel. 

Although they must carefully follow the instructions, your pupils will appreciate seeing the end result.

10. Bending Water With A Balloon 

By blowing up a balloon and rubbing it onto your clothing or hair, you can give the balloon some static charge. Set up the charged balloon near the water’s current.

The electric charge will cause the water stream to bend, creating a fun activity. You can then educate your students on static electricity and electric charge as a result.

11. Making A Paper Clip Float

For this science project, all your students will need is a glass or cup of water and a paperclip. This is a simple project to teach your students about water tension.

They can try to float other small objects on the water, to really understand what will break the water’s tension. 

12. Sunscreen Painting

Kids can enjoy themselves in the sun while learning how to stay safe when playing outside with this simple and entertaining project.

By applying sunscreen to black paper, you can teach pupils the value of SPF! 

Students will observe the difference between both the paper protected by sunscreen and the areas left untouched after leaving their paintings out in the sun.

On a cloudy day, do the experiment again, and contrast the two pictures!

13. Color Changing Flowers

You can use this experiment to deepen your students’ understanding of plants and how they drink. Each of the 2 to 3 cups of water should have a different color dye added to it.

Fill each cup with a single white carnation bloom and stem. 

Your students will be able to see how the plants’ color changes as they “drink” the water.

Explain to your class this is how they get their food and essential elements from the earth by doing this.

14. Candle And Water Rising

Complete this fun science project using a candle and rising water to demonstrate the strength of air pressure. Place a candle on a dish and light it.

Onto the plate, pour water. To increase visibility, dye the water any color. Cover the candle entirely by lowering an upside-down glass over it.

The water in the glass will rise as the flame extinguishes.

15. Green Money

Children always find chemical reactions to be surprising. Pennies should be placed on top of a kitchen towel on a plate.

Drizzle vinegar over the coins, then wait a few hours or days to see how the color changes. 

Since the coins are made of copper, they will turn green. This copper will become copper oxide when it comes into contact with oxygen.

Your students will be fascinated with the reaction, and it is a great way to teach them about chemical reactions.

16. Paper Airplanes

The aim of this science project is to create an airplane that will fly the furthest. It also develops the students’ understanding of thrust and aerodynamics.

Your students can create and design their own airplanes, and then everyone will throw their airplane to see whose is the most aerodynamic. 

17. Fire Snake

Your elementary class will remember this science project for a long time to come. The fire snake can also be known as the sugar snake or the black snake. 

In a 1:4 ratio, combine sugar and baking soda. Take some sand and some fuel and place it in another container.

Put the sugar and baking soda mixture on top of the fuel and sand, then ignite the fuel. Baking soda produces carbon dioxide gas when heated. 

The snake shape is created when the force from this gas forces the carbonate from the melting sugar out.

18. Dancing Raisins

Any clear carbonated beverage can be poured into a glass and topped with raisins. The raisins will “dance” in the liquid as a result of the gas that is escaping from them.

In this enjoyable scientific project, kids can gain knowledge about gas evaporation. 

A cup of still water can also be filled with raisins to demonstrate the differences between the two liquids.

Your kids will begin to question what they are seeing and why it is happening. 

Final Thoughts

Science projects are a great way to visually demonstrate the themes or topics you have been discussing in class.

Depending on the topics that you are teaching, there is a science project to go along with it. Science projects help to keep your students engaged and focused on what they are learning. 

We hope you have found this article interesting. We have provided 18 of the best science projects that are perfect for elementary school students.

Make your lessons even more entertaining, by giving one of these science projects a go!

Helena Waters

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