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Experiment Archive

Below is a summary of the science experiment or activity blog posts, organized by topic.


Classification of Living Things (with activities)

Mycology (Fungi)

A Fungus Among Us

  1. Making a spore print

Exploring yeast

  1. Characteristics
  2. Decomposition Experiment


What's Under a Rock?- Exploring a habitat

Green Roof



Plant Science Unit Lessons:

Preface: inspired by the Seed to Seed book

Older experiments:

Growing plants indoors


  1. Make an algal collection
  2. Investigate food chains
  3. Investigate how humans use algae for food
  4. Algae produce oils that can be used for biofuel

Mosses, Ferns, Liverworts and Horsetails: Science Activities

  1. Identification
  2. Searching for Spores
  3. Moss habitats


Carrots (scroll to bottom for a link and experiment idea.)

Extract DNA from Strawberries and Bananas

Pumpkin and Apple Science

Watermelon Science

Popcorn science

Winter Botany

Weed Science

Grapes and Grape Experiments

Seed Dispersal

Plants in Space



Trees -botany

More tree science

  1. Tree Transpiration
  2. How far does the water have to travel from roots to top of the tree?

Experiments with Tree Leaves:

Leaf litter decomposition

Tree leaf age

Putting the leaves back on the trees- leaf identification

Fall leaf color chromatography

Saguaro Cactus Activities

  1. Why Spines?
  2. Waxy Coating

General Zoology (Animals)

Goats and Sheep

  1. Fainting goats

Frog and Toads (2017)

  1. External anatomy
  2. Life Stages
  3. Toad house

Frogs and Toads

  1. Identification
  2. Frog songs
  3. Eat or be eaten



Desert Tortoises


Garter Snakes

Awesome Snake Science

Whose Egg is This?


Groundhogs or woodchucks

Ornithology (Birds)

Observing Backyard Birds

Bird Counts - trends

Bird Migrations

Shore Birds

Build a human-sized bird nest

Birds of the rainforest

  • bird beaks
  • feeding
  • drinking
  • make a bird craft
  • where rainforest birds live

Ocean and Shore Animals

Learn about Steller Sea Lions

Investigate an animal (sea slug) that can make its own food

Sea Horses and Other Fish

  1. fish anatomy
  2. moving through water


Shore Birds

Tide Pool Invertebrates

Humpback Whales

Week of Ocean-themed Books and Activities

Fish Anatomy and Behavior

Science with Pets

Mouse running a maze

Cat communication

Cats' sense of smell

More cat experiments

Observing cat behavior

Science with your pet mice

  1. Identification/Classification of Rodents
  2. Food/Nutrition
  3. Making Houses and Toys
  4. Animal Behavior
  5. Mouse Development

Do cats have cold feet?

Hands-on fun with guinea pigs


Arthropods (Insects and Their Relatives)


Experiments with Isopods -  pillbugs or rolypolies)

Entomology (Insects)

Insects and Their Relatives Part 1

  1. anatomy of various arthopod groups

Insects and Their Relatives Part 2.

Characteristics of the five most common orders:

  1. Coleoptera
  2. Lepidoptera
  3. Diptera
  4. Hymenoptera
  5. Hemiptera

Insect Science Investigations

Insect Science Investigations
Lessons in this series:

Previous lessons:

Honey Bees

  1. Gardening for bees
  2. Honey bees and water
  3. Honey bee communication and dances
  4. Bee nests

More about honey and honey bees

  • swarming
  • honey
  • how honey bees keep warm

Where do insects go in the winter?


  1. Ant anatomy
  2. Ant pheromones
  1. Ant life cycles and ant nests (at Wild About Ants)

Butterfly Science Activities

  • Butterfly anatomy
  • Butterfly metamorphosis
  • Raising butterflies
  • Making a butterfly craft
  • Butterfly gardening

Butterfly Gardening with Children Week:

Crickets singing

Dragonflies and Damselflies


Human Biology

Experiments with the senses of taste and smell

Human Body and Cells

  1. Model cell
  2. Cheek cell under microscope


Extract DNA from Strawberries and Bananas


What is in seawater

Smart Materials

  1. Shape-memory alloys
  2. Shape memory polymers
  3. UV beads

General Chemistry Projects

  1. Density
  2. A Density Column
  3. Elephant’s toothpaste
  4. Acids and Bases
  5. Using chemicals to make light

Glowing Chemistry

  1. Glowing under ultraviolet light
  2. Light sticks
  3. Day-Glo

Iodine Starch Test and Plastic Bag Permeability Experiment

Colors and acids and bases

Classic lemon experiments

Making cheese

Fun with bubbles

The Chemistry of Rust (Oxidation)

Chemistry Week:

Elements, Atoms and Molecules

Using chemicals from plants to study pH

Easy endothermic and exothermic reactions to explore

Chemistry resources for young adults

Chemistry Experiments for Kids using Table Salt

Some older Chemistry Links



Activities having to do with hunting for planets outside the solar system.

  1. Make a rainbow
  2. Activity:  Make your own spectrometer from a cereal box.
  3. The Doppler Effect

Investigate the amount of light pollution and how it effects how we see the stars at night

Build a telescope

Exploring Light and Its Relatives Part 1 (Electromagnetic Spectrum)

Exploring Light and Its Relatives Part 2 (Electromagnetic Spectrum)

Camouflage and Invisibility

Transit of Venus

Experiments With Water

Experiments with ice

  1. Ice spikes
  2. Ice cube rescues
  3. Freezing and thawing water
  4. Floating and sinking
  5. dry ice

Wondrous Water

Water Density and Temperature

Boats and Floating

How long can a paper boat float?

Results of paper boats

Can you make a boat travel across a bathtub without touching it?


Do pumpkins or apples float?

Why do they float?

Movement of water in small containers

General Physics

All about parachutes

Toy car physics

Photography for Kids

Balloon Physics

Activities with tin cans


Groundhog day-shadows

Earth Science


Petrified Wood

Rocks and Minerals

Metamorphic Rocks, Crystals and Fossils

Growing crystals

Exploring Soil

Rock Around the World -get your rock identified

Archelon and Other Fossils

Sand Experiments

  1. Test sand samples with a magnet
  2. Make sand


Meteorology - Weather

Wind power

Does building shape influence damage level by hurricanes?

Dust Storms

Snow Science

Build a weather station

Be a Meteorologist


Experiments with movement of floating trash

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