Experiments

Science Experiments for Kids

Example of experiments for grades 1 to 3 and 4 to 6 

New experiments are added regularly - not all experiments are listed

CC = Curriculum Connections

Articulated Hand (CC 5)

A hand is complex, delicate and necessary instrument in everyday life. Thanks to a simple and ingenious DIY, we will make a hand and try to pick up different objects.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum extracurricular in French - articulated hand

A Question of Balance (CC 3)

How do you carry heavy weights without heavy machinery? Why did Archimedes say “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world?” We will explain this world-old year old phenomena in an uplifting experiment.

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What students need to bring: N/A

Lever

As Time Goes by (CC 1)

Measuring time with water, sand or by observing a shadow? Yes, it is possible! Together, we will build instruments to measure time like people did thousands of years ago!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 2 small empty dry plastic bottles with covers and 2 large (2 L) empty plastic bottle

Explorum extracurricular in French - Hourglass

Bath Bombs (CC 1, 2, 5)

Chemical reactions can be visual, calorific, auditory, or even explosive. So? What does it all mean? It means we are going to create a reaction that will make FIZZ: we are going to create bath bombs!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring:

Explorum Extracurricular in French - Bath Bomb

Catapult (CC 2, 4)

We all know that catapults were powerful and destructive medieval weapons based on a basic physics principle. Let’s recreate a simple catapult capable of throwing canon balls; no… paper balls!

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What students need to bring: N/A

EXPLORUM Extracurricular in French - Catapult

Chromatography (CC 4)

Creating colours from a simple black dot? It’s not magic; it’s chromatography! This is what we will do in this remarkable experiment.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small empty plastic bottle

chromatographie

Construction Challenge

Who will build the highest, lightest, biggest most solid structure? With a little creativity, basic materials, and teamwork, we will build a table, a tower, shelves or something else… Whatever today’s challenge is, we are ready!

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What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum After-School Activities Construction Challenge

Crystal Star (CC 4)

Can art and science co-exist? Can we create attractive crystals of different shapes? Of course! This is what we will do in this artistic and decorative experiment.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 500ml container with cover

EXPLORUM Extracurricular in French - Crystal

Density (CC 2)

Everyone knows that water and oil don’t mix, but “float” on each other. Why? Because of their density, of course! Let’s explore this phenomenon by creating a multi-coloured cocktail with liquids of differing densities.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small transparent empty plastic bottle with cover

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Multicolour Cocktail

DNA Extraction

Did you notice her green eyes? Why are the descendants of Queen Victoria often haemophiliac? Who committed the crime? DNA will give us all the answers! Together, we will extract the DNA of today’s accused: a banana!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

YeuxVerts

Electric Circuits (CC 6)

I turn on the light, ring the doorbell, reheat my meal… without electricity, it would not be possible. But how does electricity flow? How do you change its intensity? How do you cut the current? An electrifying experiment will help us solve these mysteries.

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What students need to bring: N/A

CirElectrique

Fake Fossils (CC 4)

Fossils are the expression of the past, but nature takes thousands of years to make a fossil. In this experiment, we will speed up time and make fossils in a few minutes – fake ones of course! But we will understand how some of the real ones were formed.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 250+ml container with cover

Explorum Extracurricular activities in French Fossil

Filtration (CC 7)

Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water, but less than 3% of it is drinkable. Filtering water allows us to use more of it. Let’s filter muddy waters to simulate natural and industrial filtration processes.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 2 1L empty plastic bottles

Explorum French extracurricular activities Filtration

Fingerprints

What are fingerprints? How do they help solve a crime? Do I also have fingerprints? So many questions… A “digital” experiment will help us solve these mysteries.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

EXPLORUM Extracurricular EmpreinteDigitale

Gooey Slime (CC 1, 2, 5)

Who doesn’t like playing with a viscous, slimy, sticky but fun substance? Let’s make slime together! Green, blue, yellow, red or even sparkly!

Room specifications: hot water

What students need to bring: N/A

Slime

Helmet or Parachute? (CC 3, 5)

Why use a helmet? What are the best materials to protect from a free fall? What are parachutes for? Let’s build and test the best defences and protections against a free fall in this experiment devoted to gravity.

Room specifications: access to 4-5 m height

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Parachute

Invisible Ink (CC 1, 2, 5)

Who would write an invisible message? Spies, magicians, lovers or friends exchanging secrets? Whatever our motive, we will make invisible ink, write a message and of course, discover the formula to reveal it.

Room specifications: running water; electricity

What students need to bring: N/A

invisibleInk-landscape-FR

I'm an Astronaut (CC 6)

What do you want to do when you grow up? A lot of kids will say “Astronaut!” Let’s make our own space equipment and reveal some challenges in the professional life of an astronaut.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: cardboard box

Explorum Extracurricular in French - Kid astronauts

It floats, it sinks...

Mummy, why do big heavy boats float but tiny little marbles sink in the water? It’s because of their shape and their composition! Here is a little experiment to explore these differences.

Room specifications: Running Water

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum Extracurricular Science Activities Floats or sinks

Kaleidoscope (CC 4)

What is a kaleidoscope? An optical illusion? Magic? Art? Actually, it is a little bit all these things. We will solve this mystery by each making our own decorated instrument.

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What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Kaleidoscope

Lava Lamp (CC 5)

We all have been mesmerised by bubbles that slowly go up and down in a coloured solution. They look even better when they are OUR colourful bubbles! Let’s make chemical lava lamps that we can admire tirelessly.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small transparent empty plastic bottle with cover

LavaLamp

Let’s make paper (CC 5)

Instead of throwing our used paper and newspaper, we will recycle them – not by putting them in the recycling bin, but by giving them a new life: Let’s make paper and decorate it to our liking.

Room specifications: hot water; electricity

What students need to bring: coloured non-glossy paper for recycling

EXPLORUM Extracurricular in French Paper making

Liquid Rainbow (CC 2)

If we mix primary colours, we obtain secondary colours. But, can colours mix on their own? That’s what we will explore in this enchanted and colourful experiment!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Liquid Rainbow

Magnets (CC 3, 4)

What is a magnet? What are its properties? What is a compass? Can we magnetise and demagnetise a metal at will? That’s what we will explore in this attractive experiment.

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What students need to bring: N/A

single magnet

Meteorologist (CC 1, 4, 7)

Thermometer, barometer, hygrometer, heliograph, anemometer… These instruments help meteorologists predict tomorrow’s weather; it is important to choose your clothes but more importantly, for pilots, sailors, farmers and all those who work outside. Today, let’s be meteorologists!

Room specifications: running water, sunny window

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Weather

My Car (CC 4, 5, 6)

A car is very common, but a car we built ourselves? That’s more unique! An engine, four wheels, our engineering talent, and voila, we have a car!

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What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Electric Car

My Heart Beats (CC 4, 5)

How fast does the heart beat at rest? What about after exercising? Faster or slower? How do we know? The answers will be revealed in this practical experiment.

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What students need to bring: N/A

EXPLORUM Afterschool program Stethoscope

My Lungs (CC 5)

Inhale, exhale ... why do people’s breathing differ? What happens during breathing? How do the lungs work? Two simple experiments answer these and other questions.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small empty plastic bottle + 2 L empty plastic bottle

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Lungs

My pretty rainbow (CC 4)

Decompose light to create an indoor rainbow? Recombine colours by mixing the colours of the rainbow? It is possible: with Science! Let’s do it in two simple experiments.

Room specifications: sunny window

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Rainbow colours

Natural plastic? (CC 1, 2, 5)

Make plastic out of natural ingredients? Thanks to magic (!?) no, thanks to science, we make environmentally friendly plastic. We will then compare our environmentally friendly plastic to its industrial counterpart.

Room specifications: heating element/microwave

What students need to bring: small container with cover

plastic-dice

Nice Tree? (CC 1, 2, 6)

Sciences, arts, function, form… a little bit of each! Let’s be creative and build a tree from various elements from nature. We will study the purpose of each component in this imaginative activity.

Room specifications: access to the outdoors

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - artistic tree

Our Hydroelectric Station (CC 6)

Can we produce electricity by using water? YES! It is the principle of hydroelectric stations, one of the main sources of power in Canada. Let’s build our mini hydroelectric station in this electrifying experiment!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - hydroelectric

Our Solar System (CC 3, 6)

Aren’t our planets pretty orbiting around our brilliant sun? Let’s build a model of our solar system and decorate it to our liking.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: thick coloured felt pens

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Solar System

Plant Maze (CC 2, 6)

Living things are expert survivors. Whether humans, bacteria, insects or plants, adaptation is what we do best to survive. We will put this theory to the test in a winding experiment.

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What students need to bring: shoe box

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Maze in apple

Poly-polymers (CC 1, 2, 5)

Who doesn’t like playing with viscous, gooey, sticky and mysterious substances? In this chemistry experiment, we will produce strange polymers like sticky slime and more.

Room specifications: hot running water

What students need to bring: container with cover

Slime

Solar Eclipse (CC 6)

The sun disappears and reappears right in front of our eyes in the simulation of a rare but fascinating event: the solar eclipse! Let’s create our own miniature eclipse in this enlightening experiment.

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What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Solar Eclipse

Solar Oven (CC 5)

Melt chocolate without fire, without an oven or a heater… how is that possible? By building a solar oven, of course!

Room specifications: sunny window; electricity

What students need to bring: pizza box or large shoe box

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Solar oven

This is chemistry (CC 1, 2, 5)

Mixing specific substances can produce heat, colour, bubbles or other interesting “things.” This is what chemistry is all about! Let’s do a few experiments together to illustrate some of these outcomes (and have fun)!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small empty plastic bottle

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Chemistry

Volcanic Eruption (CC 3, 4)

Volcanic eruptions are often destructive; burning lava, falling rocks and toxic gases all have dangerous consequences on humans. Our volcano won’t be threatening; in fact, it will be artistic, harmless and will introduce us to volcanology.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Volcano