We shared ideas of seed science experiments for kids a while ago. Today we will share plant science experiments you can do in your backyard or in your kitchen with kids.
10 Hands on Plant Science Experiments for Kids
What do plants need to grow? Why not set up a science experiment to answer the question.
Can a plant survive on orange juice rather than water? Choose two plants of the same kind; two containers, one filled with water, the other with orange juice. Put one plant in each container, observe and record the difference of growth.
Here is another plant growth experiment, but this post explained more in details on how to write hypothesis and how they recorded plant growth data.
To go little deeper in the subject, you can ask how long can different plants survive without sunlight and water? Design an experiment putting plants of different sizes in a black room and don’t water them. But do go check their status daily and record the data. Do you see a difference between the plants of different sizes?
How will plants grow under artificial light compared to nature light? Will you be able to design the experiment yourself?
This is a simple experiment comparing the growth of different plants. You can easily do it in your kitchen.
How plants absorb water? This is an easy but fun experiment young children love.
While the last experiment shows how water travels through the leaves, this one shows how water travels through flowers.
After the last two experiments, you will need this one to explain why plants need water.
How fast does a plant grow? You will find a free printable recording sheet on that post too.
For older kids, you can create a 3D plant cell, and discuss the difference between plant cells and animal cells.
I hope you like these science experiments. Doing science at home is not just for fun, it is also to cultivate child’s interest in science and help them grow scientific thinking skills. I encourage you follow the scientific steps while working with kids on these fun activities. I outlined the steps and developed this Science Experiment Recording Sheet. I highly recommend using it, even with young children. They can draw pictures if they can’t write. It is the process that is important, starting with questions and hypothesis.
Looking for more easy and fun science activities for kids to do in Spring? Check out 9 Seed science experiments for kids. When going outside, you will find these 10 Plant Identification Apps helpful.