These mini science challenge bags are a great party favour, class reward, homework challenge or something to keep children busy if they finish their school work early. They can be filled with an almost endless variety of inexpensive materials and used over and over again.
I’ve put together a few ideas to start with and will keep adding more, so do pop back.
Science Challenge Bags
Write a secret message
This bag contains white card and a selection of coloured crayons including white. The idea is that the children write a message using the white crayon ( they’ll need to press down hard ) and ask a friend to reveal the message by rubbing a different colour over the top.
Build a tower
This bag contains small plastic cups and strips of cardboard for building towers.
Build a tower wider at the top than the bottom.
Design a tower that is at least five layers of cups tall.
Build a tower with straws and plasticine
This tower is a bit trickier to build than the cup tower. Children need to mould the plasticine into small balls and stick the straws into them to make a shape.
Make 3D shapes
Create a Skeleton
Create a skeleton using black card and ear buds.
Draw a skeleton with chalk.
Find out and label the names of the bones.
Static Electricity Balloon
The idea is that once the balloon is blown up, it can be rubbed on hair or a jumper and become charged with static electricity. If held near the tissue paper the paper will jump up and stick to the balloon.
Try different types of paper and shapes, do they still stick to the balloon?
The bottle contains coloured water and vegetable oil. The oil and water will always separate if the bottle is shaken as oil and water don’t mix.
Find small objects to float on each layer.
Pipe Cleaner Challenge
The idea here is that children construct a pipe cleaner figure that will stand up without support.
If it’s a sunny day, draw the shadow of the figure with chalk outside.
8. Make a Paper Spinner
Paper spinners are super simple and perfect for starting to think scientifically. Children can try making bigger and smaller spinners and add different amounts of weight to the bottom to see how that effects the speed of descent.
Can you think of any more challenges for us?
Last Updated on January 13, 2023 by Emma Vanstone