Some Activities you may consider if you are not self-isolating
- Take a walk in nature. Be a Nature Detective!
- Make a collection of things you find - display and identify them.
- Plant some vegetables to grow at home. How can you keep them healthy? Once grown, can you use them in your cooking? (Easy ones to grow for younger children are lettuces, cress, radish, basil or mint herbs
Other Activities you could do with your child
- Make a marble run - how long can you keep the marble moving?
- With an adult for guidance, experiment with cooking and food preparation - make cakes, muffins, biscuits
- Try making some healthy snacks
- Make a den, inside or out. Explain what materials you used and why your den is good?
- Watch the animals at Edinburgh Zoo via their webcams. Research the animals and produce a leaflet or PowerPoint presentation all about your chosen animal. Choose from panda, penguin, tiger or koala.
- Research a famous scientist. What did you discover? How is their idea used today?
STEM @ Home
The following links have lots of interesting articles or activities you can do to bring Science to life from your own home.
There are some activities for 5 – 16 year olds to do with everyday materials. I’d recommend
- ·“Instant ice cream” experiment (make sure the bags are properly sealed otherwise you may end up with an unexpected new interior decoration).
- ·“Make it fly” which uses paper to investigate the forces involved in making planes fly.
- “Ear gongs” to investigate sound, vibrations and materials.
- A whole booklet on Kitchen Science.
Mystery Science is an online science resource, currently free til June, with videos, discussion questions, and hands-on activities. Each lesson starts with a question to spark students’ curiosity.
There are two types of lessons:
● Full Lessons (45-90 minutes, with hands-on activities): Aligned to grade-level standards, easy-prep activities, videos with built-in discussion questions.
● Mini-Lessons (5-15 minutes, all digital): Videos answer real student questions using stunning visuals. Great for independent exploration - no adult support needed!
How Stuff Works
Good for children, teens and adults who are curious and enthusiastic about STEM, a place to find answers to their questions.
Current images from space are revealing the impact of human activity on air quality together with the latest findings from the exploration of Mars.