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How are your homeschool supplies? Are you running short of materials?

When I look around my home, I’m often surprised by how many items we can use as learning materials. I like to “shop my home” first before I make any purchases from educational stores.

Not too long ago I published a similar list of math materials and manipulatives and I had someone ask me a very good question:

How do you store your materials?

I store most of my materials in file/banker’s boxes. I have one for each subject except for math and science (with those subjects I have two boxes because I have so many supplies)! I label the boxes and store them on a shelf in our basement. I take out the materials from the boxes as I need them.

I’ve been meaning to draft up an “inventory/list” to store on the outside of each box, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe I’ll do that project during our next homeschool break.

We have a small home, so I need to be intentional with how I store our homeschool supplies. If you’re interested, I have several other organization tips in my post, How to Organize a Small Homeschool Space.

Check out this handy list of 65 science materials you can find around the house! Click To Tweet

Affordable homeschooling can be a challenge. Check out this handy list of science materials you can find around your home!

Science Materials You Can Find Around Your Home

Here is my handy list of science materials you can find around your home.

  1. corks
  2. styrofoam packing chips
  3. rocks
  4. egg cartons
  5. magnets
  6. compass
  7. batteries (make sure to store these properly)
  8. wire
  9. nails
  10. paper clips
  11. elastics
  12. paper
  13. dirt
  14. plants
  15. leaves
  16. water
  17. sponges
  18. sea shells
  19. insects (hopefully you find these outside of your house)
  20. candles
  21. tin cans
  22. oil
  23. vinegar
  24. baking soda
  25. cornstarch
  26. yeast
  27. food colouring
  28. paint
  29. scale (kitchen scale and/or bathroom scale)
  30. measuring cups
  31. measuring spoons
  32. sieves
  33. funnels
  34. turkey baster
  35. coffee filters
  36. tissue paper
  37. paper towels
  38. electric fan
  39. blow dryer
  40. hand-held fan
  41. feathers
  42. binoculars
  43. balloons
  44. soda cans
  45. glass jars with lids
  46. plastic containers with lids
  47. resealable plastic bags
  48. magnifying glass
  49. mirrors
  50. flashlights
  51. medicine dropper
  52. thermometers
  53. tongs
  54. tweezers
  55. tubing
  56. plumbing pipes and connectors
  57. rubber gloves
  58. ice cube trays
  59. stop watch
  60. wood
  61. CDs
  62. coins
  63. string
  64. pipe cleaners
  65. marbles

There you have it! 65 easy-to-find and inexpensive (or free) materials that you can use for your science explorations! Enjoy!

 This post was previously shared (in part) on my other website, The Deliberate Mom.

Jennifer Bly is the creator of The Deluxe Homeschool Planner. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for homeschooling updates and inspiration.

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling, The Deliberate Mom and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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