Olympic and sports day fever is about to start so I’ve put together a collection of fun sport themed science experiments and investigations. Do let me know if you try any of my sporty science ideas!
Sporty Science Ideas
Exercise and Heart Rate
First up is an easy activity to learn about the effect of exercise on heart rate. If using a stethoscope is too difficult children can put their hand on their heart and feel the beats.
This investigation is great for starting to think about correct experimental design, which conditions to change and which to keep constant etc.
Heart and Lung Model
Find out what’s inside your blood with this fun demonstration from Creekside Learning.
Healthy and Strong Bones
Learn about the structure and function of the human skeleton by making models of the spine and paper bone models.
Find out how to keep your bones strong and healthy with this activity learning about foods that are good for bone strength and what happens when you break a bone.
How much sugar?
Discover how much sugar drinks contain with this fun matching task.
Why do balls bounce?
Investigate why and how balls bounce with this super simple bouncing balls investigation.
Which material would make the best hockey puck?
This easy activity is great for starting to think about properties of materials and why materials are chosen for a particular purpose. See this version by Creative Family Fun.
Test your Reaction Time
Test your reaction time with this super simple activity, all you need is a ruler!
Put your design skills to the test with this brilliant shoebox football table from The Mad House.
More sport themed science experiments
Could you use surface tension to power a model canoe or lolly stick surfboard?
Can you build and test a football goal?
Can you design a sail boat with a working sail?
Can people with longer legs jump further or run faster?
Can you build a javelin from rolled up paper? Does it travel further if you add wings?
Can you construct a bow and arrow using lolly sticks and elastic bands?
Can you build a catapult to shoot a basketball into a hoop?
Can you jump further if you run and jump instead of just jumping?
Is it easier to bounce a ball on a baseball bat or a tennis racquet?
Can you design a grip for a tug of war rope?