Although the kids are out of school during the summer, it doesn’t mean that you have to leave the learning behind! There are easy and fun ways to explore the world of science while doing some fun activities with your kids! Check out these easy summer science activities and keep them learning while they have fun!
5 Easy Summer Science Activities for Kids
The key to learning in the summer is to make it all about play! Don’t let your kids even know that they’re learning! Just plan some fun and easy activities! Then let the learning come through in the discussions you have! This works for kids of all ages!
Making homemade playdough is a fun way to incorporate science into your summer activities. As you and your kids work with the materials you can talk about the properties of each one. Discuss which is wet and dry, textures like smooth or oily, and explore differences in liquids and solids. Talk about how mixing materials together can make them change!
Following the steps of a procedure is also a great science skill for safety reasons and because the order things are done may lead to different results! Check out one of our favorite homemade playdough recipes!
And if you’re looking for another great way to experiment with making different kinds of play dough, there is a great experiment for making putty in the Making Science Make Sense® toolbox Experiment Guide Vol. 1!
Make Sidewalk Paint
This is another great activity for helping your kids learn to follow a procedure while exploring how mixing different materials together changes them. Measurement skills are also put to work when you’re mixing up your own sidewalk paint.
It’s also a fun way to explore concepts like evaporation as your kids observe what happens to the paint as it dries over the course of a few days. I’ve noticed when the kids are outside painting, they also tend to notice things about the nature around them! So learn how to make your own sidewalk paint and have fun!
Go on a Nature Walk
Science is often about making observations. So if you’re looking for something to get the kids out of the house, head out for a nature walk. You can hit the backyard or walk around the neighborhood. If you’re feeling up to it, head to a local park.
You can collect nature items to sort and classify when you get home. Or take a notepad and draw pictures of the things you see, like all of the different flowers. Or keep a tally of how many different insects you see. These activities will help improve your child’s observation skills!
Hit the Playground
If you’re wondering how a trip to the playground has anything to do with science, I promise I haven’t gone crazy! The playground is an amazing play to explore all kinds of basic physics principles (whether your child is old enough for the term physics or not)!
After all a slide is just a big ramp, right? When we’re the only ones on the playground, I love to let my kids explore with rolling things down the slide. Weston may not completely understand what the force of gravity is but he loves when I talk about it!
We also talk about how far and fast we think different items will go when we roll them down the slide. Which opens up a whole discussion about how materials are similar or different and the effect that has on how the travel down the slide!
Turn on the Water
Water play is also a great way to explore science while having fun during the summer! The kids can explore concepts of flow and motion as they pour water into different containers. My kids love measuring cups, funnels, ladles, and even the turkey baster! Just grab some supplies from your kitchen! If you don’t have a water table, you can also use a big plastic storage container.
For older kids, you can experiment with different objects in the water to see what will sink and what will float. Or add in some sponges and talk with your kids about what happens when they put them in the water and then squeezed them. Test out different sponges and cloths to see which one holds the most water!
Science is Fun!
It’s easy to be a scientist! Simply look around and ask “Why?” As a life sciences company, Bayer is committed to creating awareness of the importance of science and fostering curiosity, creativity and critical-thinking skills. Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS), Bayer’s company-wide initiative, allows students to learn science by doing science through hands-on, inquiry-based experiences.