Homeschool Friendly Thanksgiving Science Experiments

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I love to incorporate science experiments into my homeschool, especially if they have a theme, like a holiday. Sometimes it is hard to find science experiments that can take place at home. We just don’t have access to the same resources as public school science labs. However, I rounded up a group of nine homeschool-friendly Thanksgiving science experiments.

You might be wondering what makes a science experiment homeschool-friendly? Well, it:

  • Doesn’t require hard to find equipment (especially if we will only use it once!)
  • Uses inexpensive supplies that we likely already have at home
  • Can be done with just a few people

Science experiments are a fun hands-on way to teach a variety of skills. Kids of course learn scientific principles and methodology, but they also practice math skills and reading comprehension.

These science experiments are a perfect addition to Thanksgiving lesson plans because they are all focused on materials commonly found on sale during the month of November.

Homeschool Friendly Thanksgiving Science Experiments

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Dancing corn

This basic chemistry experiment is a fun and simple way to teach the concept of chemical reactions to young children. The moving, a.k.a. dancing, corn will feel magical to little ones until you explain the science behind it.

Turkey egg drop

This experiment kicks the classic egg drop experiment up a notch by giving it a Thanksgiving flair.

Kids can use their artistic talents to decorate the raw egg as a turkey using paint, craft feathers, and glue. Then they will create a few different protective environments before testing physics by dropping the egg from various heights.

Sprouting sweet potatoes

I tend to think of growing vegetables with my kids in the spring, but fall is a good time too.

Kids can start small by sprouting a sweet potato right on the kitchen counter. A clear glass will allow them to see the entire process – sprouts from the bottom and green leaves from the top.

Children can eventually transfer the sweet potato sprout to the garden and continue the growing process. Eventually, if all goes well, they can eat a sweet potato that they grew themselves!

Cranberry sink or float

This is one of the easiest Thanksgiving science experiments. Even the littlest ones can get in on the science fun! It is so simple that you can put the kids in charge of designing the experiment. Begin by asking your kids if they think cranberries sink or float. They can form their hypothesis and then create an experiment to see if they are correct.

Make sure to cut a cranberry in half afterward so they can observe the interior chambers that are responsible for the experiment result.

Time for Cranberries, by Lisl H. Detlefsen, is a great book to read after conducting the experiment. It explains why the cranberries ability to float is helpful in the harvesting process.

Bending turkey bones

This is an experiment to do with your kids after Thanksgiving when you have leftover turkey bones. Kids can soak a few turkey bones in vinegar and observe the changes as the vinegar dissolves the calcium in the bones.

Don’t want to wait until after Thanksgiving? Try this science experiment after a roast chicken dinner.

Make a potato battery

This experiment will definitely require parental support. It is a bit more involved than the previously mentioned Thanksgiving science experiments, however, that might make it even more appealing for older kids.

Children (and their parents) will explore electricity and circuits by creating a working battery with potatoes, wires, pennies, and nails.

I think this is the experiment that my son is the most excited about trying.

Science of bread baking

Baking bread is a classic homeschool-friendly Thanksgiving science experiment. Check science off of your lesson plans while also preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

This is an excellent activity for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – the day that we commonly want to treat as a school day despite our crazy to-do list. This can accomplish both tasks at once!

Pie crust experiment

I love when books are combined with learning activities. This science experiment accompanies the picture book Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie.

This experiment is all about manipulating a variable to determine the best pie crust. Follow the directions in the linked post or try a few different pie crust recipes.

Pumpkin decomposition

Right now grocery stores are full of cute mini pumpkins that are perfect for this Thanksgiving science experiment. You might even have a few lying around your house as fall decor.

Kids can observe the decomposition process as they watch several pieces of a pumpkin in a variety of environments. This is a great experiment to teach the function of a control variable.

What are your favorite homeschool-friendly Thanksgiving science experiments?

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