Cause & Effect Experiments for Kids

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Help your students understand the relationship between cause and effect with these experiments. You can find out what materials you'll need to conduct them and discover resources to help students understand their outcomes.

Cause and Effect with Eggs

This experiment can be useful for helping younger children build the vocabulary they need to understand cause and effect relationships while giving them strong visuals to associate with the subject. All you'll need are some eggs and something to drop them in.

Children can have some fun with this experiment, though it might get messy. To begin, have your students each take an egg and discuss what they think will happen if they drop it, and then let them at it.

After the eggs are broken, you can help them understand why they broke, giving them a hands-on look at a simple cause and effect relationship. You can also help them learn the vocabulary words associated with this aspect of scientific discovery with this lesson on science terms for kids.

Bubble Effects

This experiment encourages students to keep thinking about cause and effect while they enjoy themselves. Begin by handing out bubbles and wands to your students, which is sure to get their attention. Discuss what might happen if you blow bubbles inside or outside. Depending on the weather, your students might come up with many possible effects for their bubble blowing. After they have some ideas, let them outside to test them.

Groups can then examine what happens to bubbles blown into the wind. Completing this experiment helps children learn how different causes lead to different effects. It also gets them used to the concepts outlined in this lesson on the scientific method.

Soda Volcano

Kids can get an explosive look at the effects of mixing different ingredients together with this fun experiment. You should plan to conduct this one outside, as the results are very messy.

You'll want to first mix about 100 ml of cold water, 400 ml of white vinegar and 10 ml of dish soap in a plastic 2-liter bottle. You can also add a couple drops of food coloring for extra effect. In a separate container, mix about a half cup each of baking soda and water. Add the baking soda mixture quickly to the 2-liter bottle and step back to make sure you're out of the way when this experiment goes off.

Your students can find out more about the relationship between cause and effect in this experiment's chemical reaction with this lesson on how chemical reactions form new products.

Other Teacher Resources for Science

Study.com also offers games and activities lesson that teachers can use in the classroom. Take a look at the following lessons to help engage your students even more:

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