Try this!  Science you can do at home

Don't sit on the couch - get up and do some science! You'll find instructions and videos here for science experiments you can try at home with everyday materials.


Moon Phase Wreath

Ages: Children and Families
Grades: K-4
Duration: 15-20 minutes 

Our own spin on holiday traditions. With the winter solstice approaching, craft this wreath and explore the many phases of the moon.


  • 1 paper plate
  • 1-2 pieces of black construction paper
  • 3 pieces of white paper
  • Black yarn
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Coloring utensils





Paper Plate Ichthyosaur

Audience: Children and Family
Grades: K-8
Duration: 11 minutes

What looks like a fish but is actually a reptile? An Ichthyosaur! In this craft activity, you will make your own prehistoric reptile. Do parts of this prehistoric creature look familiar to you? How many other animals have similar features and what does that say about what animals need to live underwater?





Fruit DNA Extraction

Ages: 8 and up (Younger children will need adult supervision)
Grades: 3 and up
Duration: 20 minutes

Many research endeavors begin with analyzing DNA. Learn the basics of this crucial research process with items that can be found in your kitchen.


  • Chilled Rubbing Alcohol
  • Dish Soap
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Strawberries (or other fruit)
  • Zip-top Bag
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • 1 Cup
  • 1 Small Container





Bee Hummer

Buzz Buzz Buzz. That distinctive sound is made from a bee’s wing. In this craft activity, create your own device that will sound like a swarm of bees.

Ages: 5-12
Grades: K-8
Duration: 10-15 minutes

  • scissors
  • stapler
  • 1 index card
  • 3 feet of string
  • 1 popsicle stick
  • 2 cap erasers
  • 1 rubber band



Archaeology of a Penny

Sometimes an item that looks like an everyday object can tell us more about a group of people than you may think. What can you learn from everyday objects by looking at them with an archaeologist's eye?

Audience: 6-12
Grades: 1-7
Duration: 10-15 minutes 
Materials: Small household object (a coin, a book, a toy, etc.)



Looking for Aquatic Life

Bring the outside in by creating a micro garden and a self-contained water cycle!

Ages: All
Grades: All
Duration: 20+ minutes

  • White plastic or ceramic container or clear container with something white beneath it
  • Mesh net or colander
  • Empty condiment or juice bottle
  • Pond or stream

Ever wanted to know what's hiding out in the water? Go on a hunt for aquatic invertebrates and see what else you can find on the way!

This guide by the MidMichigan Environmental Action Council might help you identify the creatures you find in your water sample.



Prehistoric Origami

Ages: All
Grades: All
Duration: 7-15 minutes

  • Paper 
  • Scissors (if you don’t have square paper)
  • Patience

Looking for a challenge? Can you fashion your own prehistoric creature with a single sheet of paper? If you’re patient, try creating a Brachiosaurus. If you’d like to start slow, make your own Pteranodon!(Note: Be sure to start with a square sheet of paper.)

Glass Jar Terrarium

Bring the outside in by creating a micro garden and a self-contained water cycle!

Ages: All
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Duration: 1 hour

  • Glass Jar
  • Empty Containers
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Tweezers



Density Tower

What keeps the sky up and the sea at sea-level? Density! Watch us create a model you can do at home to illustrate why some things float and others sink.

Ages: Children and Family
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Duration: 30 minutes

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Dish Soap
  • Veggie Oil
  • Tall Clear Glass
  • 6 small glasses
  • food dye
  • turkey baster
  • measuring cup
  • rubbing alcohol



Make Your Own Compass

Use household items to generate a magnetic field and see how it interacts with Earth’s nearest magnetic pole!

Ages: All
Grades: K-2, 3-5
Duration: 10 minutes

  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Sewing needle
  • Magnet
  • Leaf (or piece of cork)

Transmissions: Gone Viral

Transmissions: Gone Viral is a digital interactive comic book put together by our partners at the New York Hall of Science. It follows a group of kids who investigate a mysterious virus plaguing animals and humans. The kids learn about how scientists study diseases that come from animals. A great way to help kids grades 4 and up understand more about viruses. Read The Comic 

Ages: Youth
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Duration: N/A

  • Virtual Comic Book





Blood Typing

Ever wonder why doctors need to know your blood type? Set up a mystery for young scientists to solve, using milk, food coloring, and vinegar. What is the patient’s blood type and why does it matter?

Ages: Adult
Grades: 9-12
Duration: 30 minutes

  • Cow's Milk
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Permanent Marker
  • Tape
  • 3 small bowls
  • 4 spoons
  • 4 cups