This winter themed print and play pack is a free download containing 5 easy science experiments using mostly the paper they are printed on and a few extras ( balloon, scissors, a torch and water).
Simply print, experiment and then recycle the leftovers.
The activities are mess free ( apart from one ) with easy to follow instructions.
1. Spinning Snowflakes
Use the template to make 3 paper spinners. Attach a paperclip to the ends of each one and drop from different heights or add extra weight to see how it affects the speed the snowflakes fall.
2. Magic Opening Snowflakes
Cut out the large snowflake ( you don’t need to cut around the spikes, just a rough cut is fine ) and fold them up. Place the folded snowflakes in a little water and watch as the arms spring open. This clever science trick works because paper is made up of fibres which expand as they absorb water.
To find out how this works and to read more about the science behind it try the more traditional flowers opening in water experiment.
3. Penguin Shadow Puppets
Cut around the penguin shape and make cute penguin shadows on a wall! You’ll need a torch or light source for this activity. Try moving the torch towards the shadow puppet and then further away to investigate what happens to the shadow.
4. Jumping Snowflakes
Learn about static electricity with these jumping snowflakes. Simply charge a balloon with static electricity by rubbing it on your hair and hold over the paper snowflakes.
The snowflakes will jump up to the balloon.
6. Winter Water Drop Maze
Use your skills to move water around the maze. Once you’ve mastered the maze with water try some thicker liquids. Are they easier or harder?
Recycle the paper once you’re done!