Get Kids Back-to-School Ready With 5 Science Experiments

Sometimes getting kids to just try new things can be challenging. Build up their confidence—and their STEM skills—with these easy-but-fun science experiments from the Nat Geo Kids video series, Try This!

TRY BEING GROOVY

Are your kids a little nervous for that first day back? Get them in a mellow mood with this groovy lava lamp experiment. Plus they’ll learn about the scientific properties of oil and water.

Lava Lamp Hack

TRY BEING SPORTY—AND ARTSY

Some kids try new sports; others try new crafts. With this experiment that involves a skateboard and lots of markers, they can try both. They’ll learn about motion and balance—and maybe end up with a masterpiece.

Human Spirograph

TRY NEW FOODS … KIND OF

A new school year means new foods to try … and sometimes kids would rather experiment on that food than eat it. Feed that instinct with these, um, eggs-periments that will help teach kids about pressure and balance. For more eggs-cellent DIY hacks, check out the Nat Geo Kids Science Lab.

Eggs Experiments

TRY A NEW ENVIRONMENT

Kids can get used to certain things being a certain way, especially when it comes to their environment—like last year’s classroom. Help them feel better about branching out with a re-creation of someplace new, like this ocean in a bottle experiment. It’ll demonstrate the behavior of water and just might inspire some ocean learning.

Ocean in a Bottle

TRY IMPRESSING FRIENDS

Yeah, yeah. We know real friends do not need to be impressed. But why not wow them anyway with this ghost glove experiment? Even more impressive? They’ll learn about chemical reactions.

Ghost Glove