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Ideas for Early Years and Key Stage One Children
Sink or Float
Why not be a scientist for the morning and test which objects float and which ones sink. Can you explain your reasoning? Free resource on the website to print and use to record . |How many did you get right?
Investigating ice is an exciting, sensory activity for children. Taking a liquid, changing it into a solid and then back to a liquid, it's 'magic.' Relate to the weather, when do we see ice and why? Ask the child to predict what might happen at every stage and ask how you could get the flowers out once frozen. Use salt, warm water on different eggs and see what happens.
Build a Bug Hotel
A great way to get the children interested in mini beasts and exploring for themselves. Involve them in the design of the hotel, talk about the bugs they would like to see and what those bugs they need to thrive
Grow a Rainbow
Such a fun and exciting experiment; nothing beats the excitement in a child`s face as they see science 'magic' taking place. Here's how it works... the colored water travels up the paper towel by a process called capillary action. The ink disperses in the water because they are water based. Capillary action takes the ink and water together up the paper towel.
Build a Catapult
A great STEM activity which really engages children as they investigate how the catapult works and the impact on performance as they test various missiles. Engineering, maths and physics, all rolled into one amazing learning experience. The science... this catapult uses potential energy stored in the wooden stick as you bend it. When you let go, this stored energy is released and converted into energy of motion and transferred to the missile which then flies through the air. Possible missiles, pompoms, paperclips, marbles (with care), Lego. Things to think about, how much does the weight of an object impact on the distance it travels? Have fun!
How Strong is Spagetti?
Little bit of science today and a great way to get children thinking about how and why. Talk about what you would normally build a bridge from, is spaghetti a good choice? Why wouldn't it work? Ask children to add the wooden blocks slowly, always creates excitement as they see how many blocks they can keep adding.
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs
Anything that involves a dinosaur, is generally an activity that is a winner. Combine this with ice and engagement will be very high. Talk about the science and ask your little one to predict what's going to happen. How ice is produced? Why does it change? What is temperature and how can we measure it? Can the process be reversed? Try to develop vocabulary as the child touches and describes the melting ice. Enjoy!
Never had as a child who hasn't enjoyed this little activity, so why not give it a go! Easy set up and the results are visible within a week.
Discuss how plants grow, what they need to develop and what might happen if they don't get those things. Once the hair has grown, you can eat it, open a conversation about healthy eating. Happy growing!
Where Do I Live?
Most children like to learn about animals and talk about how they are all different; those with wings, scales, fur, four/two legs. This activity focuses on where living things live, the habitats to which they are suited and how different habitats provide the basic needs for different kinds of animals. Enjoy!
Saturday Science this week is to create a marble run. An activity gives lots of opportunities to talk about gravity
and friction in a very simple way. For younger children, there will be lots of problem solving and understanding why the track is built in the way it is. Why doesn't the marble go up hill? A great activity, which is lots and lots of fun!
Great experiment for all ages. Click the link to see the video. Have fun!
Plant a Sunflower
Science Saturday has come around again and today's activity is about growing a sunflower. Dig deeper into the science by planting 3 separate seeds and measure how factors of environment affect growth. Give the first seed everything it needs; warmth, light and water. Second seed, don't give any water and the third seed, put in a dark cupboard, so it gets no light. Investigate over the next few weeks and talk about you find. Enjoy!
Teeny Weeny Rafts
Lots of learning and problem solving involved in this activity, along with lots of fun. Extending the activity, have a selection of materials and ask the child to predict which might make the best raft and why. Apart from sticks and string, you could add in cardboard, paper, corks, fabric, bits of plastic. Talk about floating, sinking, strength of materials, being waterproof.
This may look a little on the strange side, but you will soon discover it flies surprisingly well. An alternative to paper aeroplanes why not give it a go? The different sized hoops help to keep the straw balanced as it flies. The big hoop creates “drag” (or air resistance) which helps keep the straw level, while the smaller hoop in the front keeps the flier from turning off course. You may wonder why the plane does not turn over since the hoops are heavier than the straw. Since objects of different weight generally fall at the same speed, the hoop will keep an upright position. How far will you get yours to fly? Have fun testing, perhaps one for a family challenge!
How to Float a Paper Clip
Here again and therefore Today it's about trying to float a paper clip. Ask the child to predict what might happen when it's put into the water, why do they think that? Then give it a go. Talk about floating and sinking and why things float or sink. Can you make anything else float that's made of metal? Make it fun!
Things that roll or slide.
Indoors or outdoors this is an activity for investigating objects and understanding how and perhaps why things are made that way. What makes objects move? Why do they roll or slide? Can they do both? Gather, predict and test
Floating & Sinking
Indoors or outdoors a good activity for understanding the concept of floating and sinking. Ask your child to choose the objects for testing and talk about what they are made of. Child to predict which objects will sink or float, why do they think that? Then test..
A collection of British leaves to compare and contrast .
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