20 great science experiments for Summer

The summer holidays are a great time to get outdoors and try some science activities, most of these are easy to prepare and great fun as well.

Freeze a sheet of ice and try some ice painting. This is a great activity for learning about melting and properties of materials as you can try placing different types of paper on top of the ice to see which absorb the most paint.

ice painting


Create some crazy hair styles with these grass heads from Red Ted Art.

Go digging for dinosaur eggs with Rainy Day Mum.

We love this leak proof bag experiment from Paging fun Mums.

Make S’mores with this easy solar oven.

How to make a solar oven

Sticking with the ice theme, try making your own slushy drinks. What colours can you make?

These sun prints are great from Creative Family Fun, what picture would you make? You could try this using different types of paper instead of the coins to see if some let more light through than others.

How about making some fizzy, baking soda ice? Just pour vinegar on top and watch the fizz.


Can you make a reusable volcano? Volcanos can be a bit messy so perfect for the garden.

We love the look of this frozen jelly activity from The Imagination Tree. I bet it feels amazing.

Try a film canister rocket, what happens if you add some extra weight? Can you try them with alka seltzer, baking soda and vinegar and an effervescent vitamin tablet to see which works the best?

film canister rocket

Make some fizzy paint and outside.

Can you construct a colour mixing water wall?

Inspiration Laboratories has some great outdoor science activity ideas. We especially love the scavenger hunt ideas.

How about making these lovely chalk ice paints from Learn-Play-Imagine.

This backyard tightrope walk looks amazing from Kids Activities blog.  Can you try it with different materials of rope? Which are the easiest to traverse?

These Summer Twig Stars from Happy Hooligans are lovely, can you make a giant one?

There are some great Summer Science for Toddlers ideas over on Inspiration Laboratories.


These sun melted upcycled crayons are brilliant from Mama Smiles.

Try some weather science, you could make a mini water cycle, barometer or even a rain gauge.

What are your favourite science experiments for Summer?

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