A collaboration with Science Sparks and the Primary Science Teaching Trust, Science Fun at Home provides simple and engaging practical science activities. Originally created to support learning at home, the activities are equally useful for learning at school. The activities are open ended and adaptable for any age.
Each two page sheet has activities that are:
- clear and simple, using household resources
- accessible and manageable for all
- fun for children and their families to do
- linked to follow up activities
Series 2 of Science Fun at Home has now started. Activity sheets are being created to align with special national or world events. We will send them out one or two weeks ahead of the event to give you time to plan for using them, either in school or for homework or home learning.
The Science Fun at Home resources are created by Ali Eley (Outreach Director) and Tom Holloway (Regional Mentor) working with Science Sparks.
Please share these resources with other schools, parents, guardians and carers, and encourage them to pass them on to other families.
PSTT also has other science activities which could be used with children at home. To make it easier to access these activities, we have made them available on this page. Note: These practical activities require adult involvement.
Engineering Our World - 8 engineering challenges and fact sheets which introduce famous scientists, engineers and artists.
Challenge Chasers - 8 science activities presented as challenges to solve for older primary children (ages 7-11 years).
Earth Explorers - aims to develop environmental awareness through activities and is suitable for children aged 5-7.
Science Fun At Home
24. Sports Day
Science Fun for Sports Day
23. Clean Air Day
Science Fun for Clean Air Day
22. World Oceans Day
Science Fun for World Oceans Day
21. National Storytelling Week
Find the science in stories
20. National Puzzle Day
Amaze and puzzle your family and friends with an optical illusion
19. National Tree Week
18. World Space Week
Learn about planets, orbits and meteor craters
17. Roald Dahl Day
Compare your height to the BFG and learn how The Enormous Crocodile disguises himself
16. LIGHT UP SCIENCE
Learn the science behind the light
15. LIQUID SCIENCE
Learn about the viscosity of different liquids
14. SCIENCE FLOWERS
This week's activity sheet is all about flower power
12. SOUNDS OF SCIENCE
Learn how sound travels through different materials
11. BODY SCIENCE
Use a tape measure to find out if these statements are body facts or body fictions
Go on a scavenger hunt and find out about waterproof materials
9. SALTY SCIENCE
Create crystals with salt
8. WATERY SCIENCE
Find out about the density of liquids and objects
7. MUSICAL SCIENCE
Learn the science behind different sounds
6. WHAT A GAS
Learn about gases with these science experiments
5. SPIDER SAFARI
Go on a spider safari around your home!
4. SINK OR SWIM
Will an item float or will it sink?
3. EGG-CITING SCIENCE
Will an egg float?
2. SPINNING SCIENCE
What happens when you let a spinner go?
1. SCIENCE WITH ICE
Can you rescue a plastic toy from the ice?
Earth Explorers Overview
Bursting with life Activity
Create a biodegradable pot and sow wildflowers
Bursting with life Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of biodiversity for life on the Earth
Buzzing Around Activity
Create a magnetic pollinator model
Buzzing Around Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of insects as pollinators
Exploring the oceans Activity
Make a sinking diver
Exploring the oceans Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of life in the oceans
Going under ground Activity
Make a wormery
Going under ground Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of worms for healthy soils
High in the clouds Activity
Make and test paper planes
High in the clouds Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of the air
Icy Blast Activity
Free an Arctic explorer from the ice
Icy blast Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on life in the Arctic
In a spin Activity
Making a paper spinner
In a spin Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on seed dispersal
Power up Activity
Create a wind turbine
Power up Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on energy sources
Engineering Our World
Activity sheet - to build a bridge between two supports that will hold 50g
Activity sheet - to build a tall and stable structure
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Activity sheet - to construct a boat that will carry an object without sinking
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Leonardo Da Vinci
Activity sheet - to make a flying machine: a hoop glider
Leonardo Da Vinci
Activity sheet - to find out about things that cannot be seen
Mary Sherman Morgan
Activity sheet - to construct a balloon rocket that will travel along a string for at least a metre
Mary Sherman Morgan
Activity sheet - to use a mechanical chain reaction to make a ball roll into a basket
Activity sheet - to make an egg protector
Blooming! Activity Sheet
Use water absorption to open a paper flower.
Clean Me! Activity Sheet
Create a filtration system to clean water.
Egg Drop! Activity Sheet
Protect an egg that is dropped in the hen house.
Escape! Activity Sheet
Construct a sail boat the both floats and moves quickly across water.
Mini Hovercraft Activity Sheet
Build a hovercraft to overcome friction.
Light Maze Activity Sheet
Use mirrors to pass light through a maze.
Race! Activity Sheet
Construct a balloon-powered vehicle.
Slow the drop! Activity Sheet
Make a parachute to save a LegoTM figure.
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