Summer is a great time to get outdoors, play, explore and learn at the same time. I often find that if I set up some outdoor science experiments my children keep coming back to them over a period of weeks or days, each adding their own twist to the activity.
Here are 10 of my favourite outdoor science experiments!
Teddy Zip Line
We’ve had zip lines set up in our garden for weeks. Children can experiment by using different materials for the zip line, changing the gradient, designing different harnesses and using different shape and size riders!
Giant Oobleck Tray
This giant oobleck tray is so much fun! You just need a big tray, a rather large amount of cornflour and some water. Kids can try to run across the gloop before they sink.
Take care with this one as the surface can be slippy
These fruity boats are super easy to make and great fun to use in a water table. Children can use lemons, limes, melon and any other fruit they fancy trying.
How Tall is a Tree?
Take a trip into the forest to find out how tall a tree is. While you’re there ask children to look for animal footprints and listen for animal sounds.
Build a Mud Kitchen
Straw shooters are great as children can theme then in any way they want. We’ve made rockets, space men, spiders and even Father Christmas themed shooters before. They’re also a great way to learn about aerodynamics.
Science with Scooters
Grab a scooter and try some fun scooter science!
Create a Water Wall
This fun splatter pattern activity is fantastically messy. Drop paint filled balloons and observe the splatter pattern they make as they hit a white sheet or paper.
Syringe painting is also great fun for a sunny day! Fill syringes with paint and fire them at a sheet hung on the fence or large sheet of paper.
Can you think of any more outdoor science experiments for us?