I just love fall and everything about it until we reach that period of time between the leaves falling and the snow. At this point everything looks dead and barren and a little depressing. However, until that point, let’s embrace the season with fall science experiments for kids!
Over the years I have done MANY fall science experiments. Some were more exciting than others, but all were fun and informative. Here are a few of our favorites as well as a couple I dug up from other talented bloggers.
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Fall Science Experiments for Kids
This time of year is wonderful for adults and kids. While this post is mainly for a learning adventure, I wanted to share a great post by my friend Erin at Lullaby Lark in which she highlights great fall ideas for moms (because we need fun fall ideas too!).
Apple Science Experiments
My all-time favorite apple experiment is when we mummified apple slices. We did this when my oldest took “Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology” by Apologia.
We love Apologia Science. Their textbooks contain dozens of experiments that are simple to perform and understand. For more info on this fun book check out my review “Homeschool Science Anatomy Review”
A simple apple science experiment from Coffe Cups and Crayons teaches how to prevent apples from browning using acids and bases.
Can you stack 10 apples? The most we can get it 5 🙂 This activity is inspired by the book “10 Apples Up on Top” which is one of our favorites. Actually, it was one of my favorites when I was a kid (which was quite a long time ago now!)
Stacking apples is a great time for preschoolers and of course the big kids all jump in and give it a try. Be sure to check out “Simple Fall Science Activities for Preschoolers” for more great ideas!
Bubble science with apples by Preschool Powol Packets is fun for kids of all ages!
Leaf Science Experiments
We are almost finished with Apologia Botany. I LOVE this course. We learned so much from pictures, experiments, nature walks, and notebooking.
How leaves breathe. We learned that a leaf is covered with tiny pores called stomata. They release a lot of moisture during the process of photosynthesis. This is one reason why many trees go dormant in the winter. If they lost moisture every day during a season when there is no rain available for their roots to drink up, they would dry up and die.
Put a plastic bag around one of your house plant leaves. After a day or two moisture drops will form on the inside of the bag.
Why do leaves change colors? Excellent leaf experiment by How Wee Learn. She teaches how to separate the chlorophyll from the other colors. Very cool!
We first experienced erupting pumpkins at a homeschool group four years ago. The excitement from the kids was amazing and had all the moms laughing as well.
Basically, you cut open the top of the pumpkin and remove all the seeds. Put a couple of spoonfuls of baking soda and a squirt of dishsoap. Then pour a cup of vinegar in. The pumpkin will begin foaming and “erupting”. Some people first carve a face on the pumpkin so the foam pours out the mouth and eyes.
Abeka uses food coloring so the eruption is rainbow colored which is a cool addition.
Fun Fall Science Experiments for Kids
There are tons of fun fall science experiments for kids out there. Crafts and projects are endless this time of year as well. I stayed away from crafts in this post, but I am looking forward to leaf rubbing and preserving the beautiful colors of fall between sheets of clear contact paper.
Do you have a favorite fall experiment? I’d love for you to share it in the comments below!
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Are you looking for other great fall activities? Check out this awesome gratitude journal for kids!