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58 Science Projects for 1st Graders

58 Science Projects for 1st Graders

Discover first grade science experiments that can spark curiosity! Our carefully selected science projects are designed to teach kids with fun hands-on learning and inspire them to love science!

Make a Parachute
Learn how to make a parachute and experiment with gravity!
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Mixing Colors of Light
Have you ever wondered what happens when you mix colors of light? In this project, you will use flashlights and colored plastic sheets to find out!
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Camouflage and Hide
Learn how animals hide from predators and make your own moths invisible!
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Baking Soda Volcano
Create a fizzing, bubbling reaction with baking soda and vinegar! Learn about acid-base reactions and have fun while doing it!
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The Invincible Soap Bubble!
Can you make a bubble that won't burst? Find out with this fun science project!
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Jumping Rice Krispies
Make Rice Krispies jump with static electricity!
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Balloon-Powered Rocket Car
Build a rocket car that rolls across the floor using air from a balloon!
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Exploring Air
Let's explore air and find out what it's like and where it's found!
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Swimming Raisins
Have you ever seen raisins swim? Find out how to make raisins swim with this fun science experiment!
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Light and Dark on Seed Germination
Let's explore how light and dark affect the germination of seeds!
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Explosive Elephant Toothpaste
Get ready to create a massive, bubbling tube of toothpaste using only hydrogen peroxide, yeast and dish soap!
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Fruit Solar System
Explore the solar system with fruits! Pick which fruit represents each planet based on their size, then order them according to their distances from the sun.
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How to Make Oobleck: Is it a Liquid or Solid?
This simple Oobleck recipe of cornstarch and water is a fun introduction to the complex science of non-Newtonian fluids!
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Sparkling Rainbow Crystal
Make your own sparkling rainbow crystals at home with Borax and see science in action!
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Baking Soda Invisible Ink
Write secret messages using baking soda invisible ink and reveal them with grape juice in this cool science project!
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Magic Milk Experiment
See colors magically move in milk with soap! This fun experiment demonstrates surface tension in a vivid way!
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Solar System Model with Foil, Play dough and a Balloon
Build a mini version of our solar system with planets made from play dough or foil and a balloon sun. Discover the wonders of space!
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Lemon Juice Invisible Ink
Want to uncover secret messages like a super spy? Learn how to write and reveal messages using lemon juice and a hair dryer!
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How Many Earths Fit Across the Sun?
Have you ever wondered how big the Sun really is? See how many Earths can go across the Sun!
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Geode Rock Borax Crystal
Make your own sparkling geode rock crystals at home with Borax and see science in action!
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Rocket Film Canisters
Make a rocket fly sky high with just baking soda and vinegar!
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Erosion: A Battle of Forces
Let's explore how the forces of nature shape the land around us! We'll use sand, water, ice, and wind to observe how erosion works.
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Cloud in a Bottle
With just a few simple steps, creating a cloud in a jar can help us understand the process of cloud formation!
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Is Yeast Alive?
Have you ever wondered if the little brown grains of yeast you buy in the grocery store are alive? Let's find out!
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Watering Plants: Does it Make a Difference?
Do you want to know if watering plants makes them grow faster? Join us in this experiment to find out!
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Adhesive Tape Strength
Let's find out which type of tape is the stickiest and requires the most force to pull off a steel surface!
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Taste Test Challenge
Can you tell the difference between sweet, sour, salty, and bitter? Find out in this fun science project!
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Changing the Color of Flowers
Did you know you can change the color of flowers? With this science experiment, you can!
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Can I Make Less Trash?
Can you tell which object is better for our environment? Test your recycling sense with this fun experiment!
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Balancing a Ball in Air
Suspend a ball in a stream of air and feel the force of the air pushing it back in!
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Make Your Own Sundial
Learn how to tell time the old-fashioned way with your own sundial!
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Test Your Reflexes!
See how fast you can react to different situations! Compare your reflexes to your friends and family and see who is the fastest!
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Sinking Through Water: How Does Shape and Mass Affect Velocity?
Have you ever wondered how the shape and mass of an object affects its speed when it sinks through water? Let's find out!
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Super Hero Egg Shells
Learn how arches are used to support heavy things with this fun experiment using egg shells!
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How much water can soil hold?
Let's measure how much water can fit in the tiny spaces between soil particles!
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Taste With Your Nose
Can you guess the flavor of a candy without using your sense of smell? Find out in this fun science experiment!
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Smelling the Difference
Can you tell the difference between smells? Put your nose to the test and find out!
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Tsunami in a Tank
Learn how to make a wave tank and simulate an undersea earthquake to understand what causes a tsunami!
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Does Smell Affect Taste?
Can you tell the difference between an apple and a pear without using your nose? Find out in this fun experiment!
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Sink or Float?
Can you figure out why some cans of soda sink and others float? Join us in this experiment to find out!
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Photosynthesis: Lights Out!
Can plants survive without sunlight? Find out by covering part of a plant's leaves with shapes and observing the effects!
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Soil Erosion: How Dirt Moves Away
Let's explore how soil erosion happens and what we can do to prevent it!
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Raisin Elevators
Have you ever seen raisins dance? Find out why they move and how you can make them dance with this fun science project!
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Oreo Moon Phases
Discover the tasty way to learn about the Moon phases using Oreo cookies! Create your very own edible Moon models to learn the different Moon phases.
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Egg with Vinegar
Explore this fascinating egg experiment with vinegar that makes a bouncy egg! Discover the science of acid and base chemical reactions and protein denaturation!
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Rock Candy: Sweet Science
Get ready to become a candy-making scientist! Grow your own giant sugar crystals and make rock candy you can eat!
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Walking Rainbow Experiment
Watch the colors of the rainbow magically walk from cup to cup in this science project!
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Galaxy in a Bottle
Create a mini Milky Way galaxy in a jar that sparkles! It's mesmerizing and so much fun to make and gaze at!
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Rocks and Minerals: Candy Geology
Have you ever wondered what the difference between a rock and a mineral is? Find out with this sweet experiment!
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Egg Drop Project: Protect the Egg!
Can you protect a raw egg from breaking when dropped from high up? Have fun in this engineering challenge!
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Salt Volcano Lava Lamp
Create a lava lamp with an erupting volcano effect when you add salt to oil and water! It's so much fun to watch this colorful explosion caused by density!
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Frozen Lava Lamp Fun
Create your own frozen lava lamp with colorful ice cubes and watch as mesmerizing colored water globules dance in clear oil.
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Alka-Seltzer Lava Lamp
Watch blobs of color float and dance in a homemade lava lamp made with Alka-Seltzer tablets, oil and water!
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Glitter Lava Lamp Magic
Create your own mesmerizing lava lamp with glitter and antacid tablets! Watch as colorful bubbles dance and sparkle, revealing the fascinating science behind this magical experiment.
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Paper Airplane Challenge
Let's see which paper airplane can fly the farthest! Fold, decorate, and launch your own planes to find the winning design.
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Baking Soda Lava Lamp
Create your own mesmerizing lava lamp with fizzy bubbles! Watch as colors swirl and bubbles rise in this exciting experiment.
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Sprouting Seeds Into Plants!
Explore the magic of plant growth and watch seeds from your kitchen come to life! Sprout seeds on a paper towel, then plant them to see them thrive!
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Sun Prints: Science Meets Art!
Want to make cool designs using leaves and flowers with sunlight? Explore how the Sun's UV rays affect construction paper while creating beautiful art.
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1st Grade Science Project FAQ


What are some easy first grade science experiments?

Each one of these first grade science experiments are easy to set up and do, plus first graders will have tons of fun while learning about science. These easy first grade science experiments are a great way to introduce the wonders of science to kids!

  • Make a Parachute

  • Mixing Colors of Light

  • Camouflage and Hide

  • Baking Soda Volcano

  • The Invincible Soap Bubble

  • Jumping Rice Krispies

  • Balloon-Powered Rocket Car

  • Exploring Air

  • Swimming Raisins

  • Light and Dark on Seed Germination

Details of these science fair projects right above the FAQ!


What is the best 1st grade science project ever?

The Magic Milk Experiment is our top pick among all the 1st grade science projects! It's magical for first graders to see that without stirring, the different colors of food coloring are in perpetual motion. It's also a simple chemical reaction experiment to set up with milk, dish soap, and food coloring.

If you're looking for more 1st grade science projects, check out the 1st grade science fair projects at the top of this page! 

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What are some cool 1st grade science fair projects?

Get ready to be amazed by these super cool science projects for 1st graders! With just a few simple things, first graders will be fascinated by rice krispies jumping up and down with static electricity, a chemical reaction making raisins bobbing up and down or rock candy that they made themselves! These first grade science projects put the cool into science!

  • Magic Milk Painting

  • Mixing Colors of Light

  • Camouflage and Hide

  • Baking Soda Volcano

  • Sparkling Rainbow Crystal

  • The Invincible Soap Bubble

  • Jumping Rice Krispies

  • Balloon-Powered Rocket Car

  • Swimming Raisins

  • Rock Candy: Sweet Science

More details on these science fair projects right above the FAQ!


What are 5 testable questions for 1st grade?

A testable question is a question that we can answer through a science experiment. To do this, we do a control science experiment, then we change one thing in the experiment to see how it affects what happens. This is how we can discover the answer to our question!

  • What makes a cloud form?

  • Can drink and food taste different just by changing its color?

  • Does the color of light affect photosynthesis?

  • Does temperature affect seed sprouting?

  • What makes popcorn pop?

Here are more testable questions along with their science projects


What are the top 10 science projects for 1st grade?

These are our top 10 science projects for 1st grade, with projects from Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science. These projects can be used as science fair project ideas or as a fun experiment to explore different areas of science!

  • Make a Parachute

  • Mixing Colors of Light

  • Camouflage and Hide

  • Baking Soda Volcano

  • The Invincible Soap Bubble

  • Jumping Rice Krispies

  • Balloon-Powered Rocket Car

  • Exploring Air

  • Swimming Raisins

  • Light and Dark on Seed Germination

Check out the science project details above the FAQ!


Can I do a 1st grade science fair project in a day?

Yes! Quick experiments can be a great option for a science fair project! We have a variety of quick science project ideas to get you started.

  • Swimming Raisins

  • Camouflage and Hide

  • Baking Soda Volcano

  • Exploring Air

  • Balloon-Powered Rocket Car

  • Make a Parachute

  • Mixing Colors of Light

  • Colors of Skittles Experiment

  • The Invincible Soap Bubble

  • Jumping Rice Krispies

Check out the science fair project details above the FAQ!


What are some hands-on ways to find inspiration for my science fair project?

Science museums are great places to explore if you're looking for inspiration for your next science fair project or just want to learn more about science. Science museums, natural history museums, space museums, and discovery museums are all great places to do that! You can discover all sorts of interesting things about science and find cool project ideas for science fairs.

Don't worry about how much it costs to get into the science museum, as there may be free admission days or free passes to a science museum near you! Check your credit card for offers, your local library for free museum passes, and nearby science museums for free entrance days.

Find a science museum near you and prepare to be awed by all that you can learn there! I always learn something new and am inspired whenever I go to a science museum!


How do I start a science fair project?

Science fair projects are a fun and unique way to discover science by asking a question and doing a science project. We'll help you find a science fair project idea and guide you through the process of doing and presenting your science fair project with Science Fair Coach's Science Fair Project Guide.


What should I do after I have a science fair project idea?

If you have a science fair project idea, Science Fair Coach can help you turn it into a full science fair project! Starting at Science Fair Coach's Guide to the Scientific Method, we'll guide you through every step of the scientific method, from designing and conducting your experiment to collecting and analyzing your findings. Then, we'll help you showcase your results on a science fair board for others to learn from and enjoy.


How do I make a science fair board?

Your science fair board is where you show off your science fair project for everyone to see and learn from. With Science Fair Coach's step-by-step guide, you can make sure your science fair board stands out and impresses at the science fair!


Where can I find a science fair competition?

Science fair competitions are an excellent opportunity to explore science. One of the of the premier science advocacy organizations, the Society for Science, is associated with more than 400 science fair competitions in almost every US state, as well as over 70 other countries, regions, and territories. You can find out if there's a Society of Science affiliated science fair near you!

The www Virtual Library: Science Fairs website also has a collection of science fairs from all over the world, as well as national, state, regional, local, and virtual competitions!

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