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One question I get a lot is “What supplies do I need for hands-on homeschool science?” The truth is that you probably already have a lot of supplies in your kitchen and craft stash right now. The best science experiment books will use simple supplies. Of course, there are some more specialized resources that can really enhance your homeschool science experience.
These are some of the basic science supplies we keep on hand that make it possible to do lots of hands-on projects and experiments.
Our Favorite Homeschool Science Supplies
Discovery Scope – Think of this as a pocket-sized microscope. This amazing little device and accessories let you view nature upclose and personal in a way you never have before. It is a definite “must-have” for nature study!
Binoculars – Our binoculars are right by our kitchen window that overlooks a meadow and wooded area. You never know what we might see. Viewing the birds and other animals through the binoculars sparks curiosity and wonder about the other creatures sharing our environment.
Microscope – We look at everything from dry skin flakes to the unintended experiment growing in the back of the fridge!
Glass Jars – They are great because they are non-reactive in chemistry experiments, are great for storing supplies and they let you see what is inside.
Baking Soda – So many experiments use baking soda. I always have some on hand.
Borax – We have done several science experiments using borax, like making your own slime or making a polymer ball, and the kids loved them. They have asked to do them again and again. And, I am always finding new experiments using borax.
Janice VanCleave Science Experiment Books – You could use them for elementary science curriculum! They are that good. She has a wide variety to choose from. Two of my favorites are Astronomy and 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, & Incredible Experiments.
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Plastic Bug Catching Container- Our kids are always finding a crazy looking bug or creature in the creek. We have a couple clear plastic bug containers with a magnifying lid that works great. They are a good size and have a carrying strap. Necessary for those backyard science adventures.
What about you? Have a favorite science supply to add to the list?
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