I originally created these science experiments for parents at home with children during lockdown 2020, but they work well as science activities for home or school at any time of year.
The idea behind Tray a Day is that everything you need for the activity fits in a tray, so it’s easy to set up and easy to tidy away.
Each one uses materials you probably already have at home ( mostly paper and cardboard ) and should be easily enough for older children to do with just a little supervision or younger children to do with adult help.
Tray a Day – Easy science for home and school
Click the highlighted text to see full instructions for each eactivity.
Draw around yourself and add in body parts.
Create an edible butterfly life cycle.
Race different liquids down a ramp.
Make a stethoscope with a cardboard tube and funnel.
Make slimy oobleck with cornflour.
Build and test paper bridges.
Design and build straw shooters.
Create something to allow a toy superhero to float in water.
Test to see which shapes are the strongest.
Cover dinosaur drawings with different materials to find out which are the most waterproof.
Use recycled materials to make a marble run.
Build and test a balloon car.
Create chain reactions!
Calculate your reaction time using a ruler.
Make a launcher using two cardboard tubes and a pencil.
Make different sized paper spinners and time how long it takes them to fall to the ground.
Build a sculpture with just cardboard
Learn about surface tension with these racing lollysticks.
Did you know you can make a sundial in your garden with just a straw and paper.
Freeze fish in ice and time how long they take to melt in different temperature water.
Make an easy optical illusion.
More Easy Science for Home and School
If the Tray a Day science activities aren’t quite what you’re looking for then how about one of my easy science fair projects?
I’ve also got a huge and ever growing list of downloadable science experiments you might like. Just scroll through, choose one you like the look of, print and go!
Another idea is to find an answer to a fun science question, do you know why the sky is blue or why we have leap years?
If you have small children these easy non-messy science experiments are perfect for little ones!
I also have some science books available if you’re still looking for more inspiration.