Fun, Simple Science Experiments You Can Do At Home

Summer blog series #5

July 20, 2016


At Home

Summer is a time for adventure and exploration. Which means it’s a perfect opportunity for some scientific exploration of the natural world! From making rain to ice volcanoes, keep your kids active and learning with these at-home science experiments.







Make It Rain

Summer showers and thunderstorms bring much needed relief from the hot days, but what actually causes it to rain? Water vapor condenses in the atmosphere, which falls to the ground as rain. For an intro on condensing and vaporizing, first practice this IXL skill on changes of state. Then, using just a glass jar, a plate, hot water, and ice cubes, you can see how rain forms right before your eyes. Get the full details here.



A-maze-ing Plants

Demonstrate the power of the sun and the determination of plants with this easy experiment. Simply take a shoebox and insert cardboard squares to create a maze for a small potted plant. In a few days you’ll see how the plant grows around all of the obstacles to reach the sunlight. Then, head to IXL to see why sunlight is so important to plants and how plants make food.




Try to Stop Erosion

Erosion is one of those processes that really portrays the persistence of nature. To give kids an idea of the causes and types of erosion, practice this IXL skill. Now, it’s time to see whether or not you can stop this process from happening! With just a few supplies, you can see what happens in both a beach and river setting. (Full directions here.) How successful were you?





Ice Volcanoes

In the heat of summer, thinking about lava and volcanic eruptions might seem particularly unappealing. But, there’s a version of the standard volcano experiment which will also allow you to cool off: ice volcanoes! Following the baking soda and vinegar recipe, this experiment produces plenty of fizz and color. Want to delve into even more of the science? Check out IXL’s volcano skill to learn about how volcanoes work.





What are your favorite science experiments? Share in the comments below!

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All Comments (13)

fashionista123 July 28, 2016 at 8:40 am

hey ixl team do you have any upcoming workshops pls let me know


The IXL Team July 28, 2016 at 11:11 am

Hi there, we’ll be offering some webinars this fall, which we’ll announce on our Twitter account. You can check out archived webinars here:


lo July 29, 2016 at 9:55 am

why is IXL called IXL?


The IXL Team July 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

The letters “IXL” don’t actually stand for anything, but we like that it sounds like “I excel”!


Hardiv July 30, 2016 at 9:04 am

hey IXL team, one small request: i have posted a review on google play about IXL. As a matter of fact, i do find IXL fun and entertaining! BUt, i REALLY get annoyed and frustrated because of the smartscore. I would really love it if you could make the smartscore only drop by one or two when you get one wrong, because it is very hard to complete all the questions in my year, especially if i have to do it in 2 weeks!

Kind Regards,


The IXL Team August 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

Hi Hardiv, thanks for your feedback and we’re glad you find IXL entertaining! The SmartScore drops when you miss a question to give you easier questions to review before you take on harder questions again. In order to master a skill on IXL, you have to consistently answer a certain number of questions correctly—this is the Challenge Zone, and it is indeed a challenge! If you’re getting frustrated, we encourage you to take a break (your progress will be saved) or set a SmartScore goal of 90 (a score that still demonstrates good understanding of the material).


Hardiv August 2, 2016 at 2:32 am

Ok thanks IXL Team!


Kaitlyn August 1, 2016 at 10:31 am


I have some doubts ragarding summer reading contest….
1…will the questios from unmastered skills also be counted/

2…If I exceed more than 70 questions from a skill , will u consider at least 70 or the whole skill will be not eligible?


The IXL Team August 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Hi Kaitlyn, all questions answered will be counted, regardless of whether or not you master the skill. (Remastering a skill within the contest time period is not allowed however.) Up to 70 questions answered per skill will be counted—any questions answered in excess of 70 will not be counted. The whole skill will not be marked ineligible, only the excess questions.


Andrew August 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

Hi its Andrew I am doing really good in Ixl awesome ”wow” 😀


Andrew August 18, 2016 at 9:04 am

I am new here
in the blog

if here is a question do you have reading because my mom is arguing a lot about it. if you do let me know ok :D. Also it so cool when you do I ixl.


Andrew August 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

I really need to learn more grammer.


The IXL Team August 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

Hi Andrew, we’re glad you’re excelling on IXL! We have lots of grammar and reading comprehension skills. You can find all our grammar skills here: and reading comprehension here:


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