Today we are looking at how we know objects are made from different materials. I gave my children this pile of toys and asked what they thought the toys were made from. These activities are all great to sit alongside a materials for Key Stage 1 topic.
Sort them! – Materials for Key Stage 1
We decided the toys were made from plastic, metal, fabric and wood, and separated them accordingly.
We then discussed how we came to those decisions. Please note these are observations made by a five year old.
Materials for Key stage 1
Properties of Metals
Made a ringing noise when banged together
Felt a little cold ( I explained that metals conduct heat )
Properties of Plastics
Properties of Wood
Sometimes had lines on from the tree.
Properties of Fabric
Nice to hold
More Materials for Key Stage 1 Ideas
Ask a child to cover their eyes, then pass them an object and get them to guess what it is made from.
This Little Mermaid themed sorting activity is also brilliant fun!
Discover what the best material for a superhero cape is.
Find out which materials make the best pirate boats!
Waterproofing experiments for kids
Cover small pictures of dinosaurs with different materials and spray them with water to find out which material is the most waterproof.
Find out how waterproof some materials are with this fun activity using teddy bears and a big tub of water.
My waterproof/absorbing activity using sugar cubes is great fun for older children.
All these ideas are perfect for learning at Materials at Key Stage 1 ( age 5-7 )
Last Updated on March 9, 2023 by Emma Vanstone
maryanne @ mama smiles
I love their observations – and they did a great job sorting out the different materials!
Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)
Thank you. x
Whatca great idea. Did you discuss each type and then get them to put them in groups? I think I may do this but get them to put them in groups before and after and see how much difference it makes.
Visiting from red ted art.
ooooh thats a very good idea! We talked about it as we went along, but your idea is better!
I’m very excited that i have found your blog. I love doing experiments with my preschooler. You have so many neat ideas that I can’t wait to try. Really nice blog!
Thank you, do let us know how you get on! x
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
love this simple activity! This type of thing so often gets overlooked but it’s such an easy way to get kids observing & classifying.
Thank you. I often wonder if I am doing things that are too simple. but like you say its the simple things that get overlooked! xx
maggy, red ted art
Love it! I was trying to explain the differences to Red Ted recently. Great way to explore!
Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
Maggy & Alissa
Thanks you two!
What a great idea!! I love the observations. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!
right this will form Monday’s lesson thank you
There are lots more ideas here too 🙂