As a child, I have so many fond memories of days at the carnival. I wanted to find a way to bring the magic of a carnival into our classroom while still making it a fun learning activity for the kids.
If you are looking for ways to make carnival activities more educational, these science carnival activities are perfect!
My kids love science experiments, and these science carnival activities go great with any carnival unit study or lesson plan! You can take carnival games to a fun different level with the help of these carnival-themed science activities.
Kids of all ages will have a blast with these carnival STEM activities in or outside the classroom.
Clever Science Carnival Activities for Elementary
The carnival is so much fun. So why not take it into the science classroom with these science carnival activities?
Why is Hands-On Science Important?
Studies show that when kids do hands-on activities, they learn science better. As a STEM curriculum writer, author, and STEM advocate, I want all kids to have the exposure to quality STEM programs so that they develop a love of science and STEM.
Not only does hands-on science education help children perform better in science, but it also helps their academic understanding overall.
An easy way to make science more fun for kids is to bring in fun themes, like these carnival science fair projects.
Keep reading to find some of my favorite tools to use with carnival experiments and to get the list of my favorite carnival science ideas!
Supplies for Carnival Science Projects
It can be hard to find the right supplies with a carnival twist! Here are some of the favorite resources I’ve found off of Amazon (hello, free prime shipping!).
Amazing Science Carnival Challenges and Activities for Kids
The carnival is a magical place where lights, action, rides, and junk food collide. Who wouldn’t love that? These science experiments and activities all capture that unique fun feeling that a carnival gives to kids.
Explore science through art with this fun exploding paint bombs splat art activity.
Your kids will be amazed by the magic and wonder of this leak proof bag science experiment.
Teach your kids how to make this really cool homemade bouncy ball that is stretchy and tough.
Teach your kids how easy it is to make ice cream with this fun Ice Cream in a bag science experiment.
Do your own science experiment by giving this Dart-Less Balloon Pop a try! It’s just like a carnival game.
Let your kids play with dry ice to make this amazing Dry Ice Crystal Ball Bubble. Fortune tellers are a staple at carnivals and this will help kids see the science of dry ice.
Challenge your kids to make their own Balloon Juggling Ball and find out how different ingredients affect the weight.
Your kids will get to make magic of their own as they transform pennies with this Gold and Silver Pennies Chemistry Project.
Encourage your kids to make their very own Flaming Hoops with this fun activity.
Teach your kids about motion with this fun Butterfly Balloon Burst activity.
Explore different light patterns with this Creating Light Patterns with a CD activity.
See who can shoot the farthest with this fun Balloon Cup Shooters carnival game.
This Ferris Wheel STEM Challenge will challenge your kids to learn about balance and motion to make their own Ferris wheel.