If you’re short on space and resources these simple science in a shoebox ideas might be helpful.
Each activity uses very basic materials, can be stored in a shoebox and uses a shoebox!
Once the activity is finished, you can stack the final product for storage, transport the whole activity without bits falling off or display them nicely for everyone to admire!
Science in a Shoebox
The traditional shoebox catapult is a great science investigation for learning about forces and conservation of energy.
Create a Habitat
A shoebox is a great size to make a habitat inside. Older children can add moving parts or create two habitats to show the possible effects of climate change or pollution on the wildlife. We made a very simple polar shoebox habitat.
Use a magnet to create a floating object inside a shoebox! This is a great activity for learning about magnetism and looks amazing too!
Seismometer in a box
This very simple seismometer model shows how earthquakes are measured and is a great addition to an earthquake topic or just a fun mini science project.
Mini Marble Run
A shoebox is a perfect container for a mini marble run. Use cardboard tubes cut in half or whole attached to the back wall of the box.
Create a Pneumatic System
Use syringes to make a box open with pneumatics. This version is spring themed, but there are endless creative opportunities around this idea. You could make a pirate treasure chest that opens, a picnic basket or even a toy box full of toys!
If you know of any more shoebox science experiments please let me know and I will add them my list!
Last Updated on July 4, 2022 by Emma Vanstone