Water Testing Kits for Science Activity

This post has a review of water testing kits given to me in exchange for my honest opinion. We used a kit from the Water Testing Kits company. The first picture shows how I set up the materials for the children.   Water Testing Kits for Science and Free instant download PDF

The tests included test strips for checking four water samples for things like copper, chlorine, iron, hardness, and some chemicals. Of course, if any alarming results were found, further testing would be required. We used tap and filtered water from two cities and the biggest difference was the amount of copper in the two locations. Our city is famous for having a high iron content, but it did not test at a high level for this test. We do soften our water. A thorough test would require running water from a non-softened water faucet source. We were happy just to experiment and try out all the things the kit offered!

First, we discussed questions and statements such as: Where is water found? What can be in water? How to test water?

The testing kit was very thorough and had complete instructions, four individual sets of test strips, iron testing tablets, color-coded instruction cards, and a recording booklet. We did mark the vials A, B, C, and D. After the tests are conducted, results are compared with a chart in the back of the book to see if any are too high. The kits were easy to use. We had to figure out where to lay the test strip on the card after directions (like swirl three times and wait 45 seconds or whatever) and then how to follow the lines to the colors revealing the levels. Then, the amounts were added to the recording booklet.match test strips to color coded key

We used a turkey baster and also medicine measuring devices to fill the vials with the different samples of water.

filling vials of water samples

We used the iPad timer for the different tests requiring 10, 45, or 60 seconds wait time before the tests were finished. Really, these experiments were so interesting no one minded the wait times at all.

timing the different experiments and waiting for results to appear

Sometimes we thought the results were a little between two scores, so we marked over the line for two different values.

sometimes we thought the results were in between two scores

Water Testing Kits 4-Pack Box

This is what the test kit box looks like before opening. We hope you might get one in your hands soon by entering our giveaway, below. One interesting note is that for only a water hardness test, the local hardware store offers an in-store test station. That might be interesting for your children. When we had well water for the last 12 years, we took our water to a company and waiting for results by mail. It was a more extensive procedure and not very fun for children!

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Thank you for reading, Carolyn

Water Testing Kits for Science Activity Where is water found? What can be in water? How to test water?

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.


  1. Lisa Queen 05/28/2017 at 6:27 pm

    I would love to win this for my daughter who homeschools her three children. This water testing kit would be awesome for them. Thanks!

  2. rachel e klumpp 05/28/2017 at 3:25 pm

    I would like to test my own water and do a science experiment with my nephews

  3. shirley 05/28/2017 at 2:08 pm

    I would very much like to win the water testing kit prize.

  4. renee 05/28/2017 at 12:54 pm

    I would like to win. My kids need all the help they can get staying busy and mentally active this summer!

  5. Elicia p 05/28/2017 at 9:19 am

    I saw this on another blog a year ago and thought how neat and fun this would be to conduct with my son. I lost the information but so glad you have it. Thank you.

  6. Morrighan Crowe 05/28/2017 at 9:11 am

    I would like to win the water testing kit prize.

  7. Taryn T 05/28/2017 at 8:14 am

    This would not only be a great classroom activity, I also think it is something my children would really like to try over the summer!

  8. Taryn T 05/28/2017 at 8:14 am

    This looks like a great summer activity for my children, and

  9. Angela 05/28/2017 at 6:42 am

    I like to win the water testing kit prize.

  10. Kayla Klontz 05/27/2017 at 11:14 pm

    I would like to win the water testing kit prize.

  11. Gina R 05/27/2017 at 6:36 pm

    I would love this for my 3 kids to test our water! They would love it!

  12. melissa craig 05/26/2017 at 2:38 pm

    I would like to win the water testing kit prize.

  13. Dawn Ballo 05/26/2017 at 12:50 am

    I would like to win.

  14. Candace Miller 05/25/2017 at 7:37 pm

    I would like to win because this would be a great science project for our homeschool. Plus I used to test water for a a living!

  15. Audra 05/24/2017 at 7:16 pm

    My daughter would love to test our water

  16. wen budro 05/23/2017 at 9:20 pm

    I would love to win the water testing kit. I am curious about my home water.

  17. Gale 05/23/2017 at 7:44 pm

    I’d like to win this for my son.

  18. Jessica Medina 05/23/2017 at 9:19 am

    We are homeschoolers & this would be great for my kids. I think they would really enjoy doing this hands-on activity! Thanks for hosting!

  19. beth 05/23/2017 at 9:18 am

    I’d like to win because the kiddos love science and would love to use these!

  20. Janice Crespo 05/22/2017 at 3:24 pm

    I would love to win this water testing kit. I know my grandson and his friends would have a blast testing their water and comparing the results.

  21. Angela Saver 05/22/2017 at 12:38 am

    I would love to win this so that I can test our water with my niece and nephews for a great lesson!

  22. Charissa Rice 05/21/2017 at 5:41 pm

    I would love to win this!

  23. Kelly D 05/21/2017 at 9:26 am

    I would like to win this kit. My kids would find it interesting.

  24. Amber Deuel 05/21/2017 at 1:08 am

    I’ve been wanting to do this with the kids, this would be perfect, also wanting to do soil testing!!!! Awesome giveaway!!!

  25. Jenn A 05/20/2017 at 6:30 pm

    Wow – such a terrific, real world science activity! I’d love to win this kit!

  26. Sunny 05/20/2017 at 1:49 pm

    Oh what fun! I would love to win! Thanks for offering!

  27. Debbie Dominguez 05/20/2017 at 10:57 am

    This is a great homeschool learning experience. My daughter and grandkids would love this kit! Thanks for the great post and happy blogiversary!

  28. Melissa 05/16/2017 at 4:57 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I hope you are feeling better and please do not stress on keeping up, we appreciate all that you do and are thankful whenever you are able to blog.

  29. Anel 05/15/2017 at 9:17 pm

    I would love to win this water testing kit for my nephews! Thanks!

  30. Jan 05/14/2017 at 10:28 am

    I would love to win the water testing kit, my kids would really enjoy this!

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