At-Home Science Resources

Thanks for checking taking the time to check out some fun science activities you and your child can do outside of school! Below you will find: science related activities in our area that your family can enjoy (mostly for free!), links to science experiments you can do with your child using basic household products, and a list of science friendly websites that have digital experiments and games!

Science Activities

ZOOM Pass: you may “check-out” a card from most Buncombe County libraries that allow you free access to many great science related activities: Asheville Science Museum, Asheville Arboretum, Hands On Children’s Museum, Asheville Art museum, and the NC Nature Center. Many of these places are popular field trip destinations, and while we may journey to one of these spots, they are definitely a good opportunity to get your child out of the house and into some science fun! Here are links to each activity you can access with the ZOOM Pass.

NC Arboretum---

WNC Nature Center--- Hands On Children’s Museum---

Asheville Museum of Science---

The Museum of Science also has monthly activities listed on their websites that are essentially science projects provided and facilitated by the museum (hieroglyphics, quilt building). MoS also offers a holiday science camp over winter break, but ZOOM pass is likely unavailable for this

Links For Household Science Experiments

50 Easy Science Experiments For Kids Using Household Stuff---great list of ideas for experiments are educational and incredibly fun! Some great ideas here that can bring science to a rainy day using common household materials (making rock candy, ice cream, or slime, creating invisible ink, etc.)

Science Bob Experiments---another resource for at-home science projects with pre-made lessons that give you step by step instructions using a number of household items. This site also has prompts/questions to help dive into deeper learning.

Science Websites For Online Learning

Try Science--- a great first stop on your science journey. There are dozens of experiments in areas such as chemistry, biology, math, and engineering, many of which can be done on and offline. You can take a virtual field trip to another museum or even view some animals via live webcam. Adults will appreciate the resources for parents and teachers, too. And, of course, there are some very cool games. Try your hand at saving a planet, or live out your Star Trek dreams at Starfleet Academy.

How Stuff Works---covers all sorts of interesting topics, but the science section includes space, earth science, life science and even paranormal science. Explore tornadoes, hair coloring, UFOs, radar and lunar landings. The site is geared more towards older audiences—the explanations may be too complex for younger kids—but it is a great resource for families. However, since it isn't intended for the youngest family members, parental guidance is definitely suggested on this one.

The Exploritorium---Part science museum and part art exhibit, the Exploratorium encourages you to touch, listen, see, smell, and sometimes even taste the world around you. If you can't make it to San Francisco right now, you can visit the Exploratorium online. It's a fabulous and fun resource for science learning and experimentation. One favorite section is the "Accidental Scientist" area on the Explore tab. You can learn more about the science of food, including candy. If you're looking for a different kind of treat, visit the "Snacks" section on the Education tab. These are bite-sized (non-edible) science experiments you can do at home.

Science Toys---This site has instructions for crafting all manner of amazing gadgets from a solar-powered marshmallow roaster to the "World's Simplest Steam Boat." Most of them seem best for high-school and above, although middle school students might enjoy them with some adult supervision. The activities typically use inexpensive materials, but you may not always have them lying around your house (i.e. copper tubing, simple electrical components, etc.). Plan ahead when using this site and you'll certainly have a lot of fun.

Bill Nye Website---No list of science sites for kids would be complete without a link to Bill Nye, the Science Guy. His website helps reinforce the lessons learned on his television show with experiments, explanations and a dose of humor as well.

Chemistry Activities For Kids---There are some basic chemistry projects that are perfect for kids. Lots of fun, classic hands on activities here: filled volcanoes, liquid nitrogen ice cream, slime, and the classic Mentos vs. Diet Coke experiment! Make sure to read the directions first, as some activities will require special ingredients and/or the help of an adult.

Science News For Kids--Science News for Students helps kids stay up-to-date on scientific trends. Written in an accessible way, the articles can help kids understand topics like the decline of the honeybee population and how police use forensics to solve crimes. The site is most appropriate for middle school and above, as many of the topics are too complex for younger children. But it's also a great way for parents to learn what's happening so they can help explain it to curious children.

This content is provided in partnership with National 4-H Council. 4-H science programs provide youth the opportunity to learn about STEM through fun, hands-on activities, and projects.