We’re all following the guidelines, social distancing and staying at home: for now your kids might be happy to be off school, but are missing their friends and usual hobbies.

We know it’s not long before they’ll get restless and turn to you for entertainment. That’s why we’ve listed a couple of fun science-themed activities that will nurture their natural curiosity – and get them off their screens for a while!

These activities could be something all the family can get stuck into. Who knows, this could be the time that sparks a lifelong love of science!

Home experiments

Getting hands on is one of the best ways to bring science to life and make a lasting impression.

There are some pretty awesome experiments you can do at home using basic materials you probably already have. Here are a few websites that offer easy to follow instructions for a variety of experiments:

  • Popsci has a list of activities that are ideal for getting kids out of the house, including making a hat that flips the world upside down and a portable garden.
  • Prepared to go big? Sciencebob has instructions on creating hovercrafts, rockets and levitating orbs.
  • Buggy and buddy’s website will show you how to use chemistry to create dancing rice and make copper coins turn green.
  • Love the Royal Institution’s lectures? Then check out their video guides for making giant bubbles, eggs that bounce and lots more.

Citizen science projects

Why not take it one step further and have your kids become real scientists for the summer by taking part in a citizen science project?

Sciencestarter has a huge database of projects for a wide range of ages on all kinds of topics from archaeology to astronomy and nature. Kids can even help protect astronauts by taking part in a study to work out what materials block UV light best. Or, they could help investigate climate change.

Virtual visits 

Ticketmaster has put together a list of the best online museums, exhibitions and virtual tours. Visit some of the best galleries and museums in the world from the comfort of your own home. Explore the list & find inspiration on a virtual visit.

Above all – try to enjoy yourself

Let us know how you get on – send us your photos and videos via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

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