Do you know how to make your very own windmill? Or how to measure solar energy? Or would you like to make a rocket or catapult? We have teamed up with Discover Primary Science to bring you some fun summer science experiments to try at home that will get your kids excited about science and wow their friends!
Discover Primary Science and Maths have resources for fun science experiments for kids and parents to try and home and resources for teachers and educators to download and get children excited about science and maths from a young age.
They also run annual SFI Discover Science and Maths Awards that will get the whole school excited about STEM and they will receive a DPSM Certificate & Plaque of STEM Excellence.
Fun Summer Science Experiments to Try at Home
Make Your Very Own Windmill
As children we used to love getting a windmill from the shop when we were on summer holidays. They were usually brightly coloured and spun around on their own when the wind blew. Discover how to create your very own windmill using a few simple items.
And best of all, when you are not playing with your windmill you can ‘plant’ it in the garden to attract butterflies! Watch the video for this fun science experiment here.
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Challenge Your Friends to a Magnetic Race
Using paper, fridge magnets, paper clips and some imagination, you can create your very own race track and challenge your friends to a magnetic race. Who will be first over the finish line? Watch the video for this fun science experiment here.
Make a Foam Rocket to Launch in the Garden
Make a cool foam space rocket and get your friends to make them too so you can launch them together and see whose goes highest!
Download the activity sheet with details of everything you will need and watch the video to get your rocket created and ready for lift off!
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Exercise Your Heart & Learn How Your Lungs Work
Learn how to take your pulse before and after exercise and compare it to your friend’s heart rate.
For this activity you will need a clock, paper, pencil and a skipping rope is optional. Download the activity sheet to get started. And watch the video for this fun science experiment here.
You can also do a fun science experiment to learn more about how your lungs work. and watch a video for this fun science experiment here.
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Make a Catapult
Download the activity sheet to make your very own catapult and watch the video to learn more about the strength of a triangle and how stretchy rubber bands can be! Watch the video for this fun science experiment here.
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Measure Solar Energy
This is the perfect summer science experiment and is a fun way of understanding solar energy that comes from the sun. Download the activity sheet and watch the video to learn how you can measure solar energy.
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See Around Corners with a Homemade Periscope
The homemade periscope will give you hours of fun as you use it to spy around corners, look over walls, and is perfect for use indoors or outdoors.
You will need:
- a cardboard box (a cereal box is perfect)
- 2 small plastic mirrors
- A ruler
- Paint for decoration
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- Make your own play dough
- Make your own bubble solution
- Make your own honeycomb
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- Science for kids – handy links
Over to you now. Have you tried any of these fun summer science experiments at home or at school? Let us know in the comments box below.