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Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be transferred from one store into another. In these pictures, which items do you think use energy? Which ones store energy? Do they all store/use the same type of energy? Cut them out and sort them into groups.
When a moving surface slides on a stationary surface it rubs against it, which slows it down. This is due to friction, a force which resists the movement of one object sliding past another. Understand more about friction with a fantastic practical project: make your own balloon hovercraft!
Quiz questions to encourage your child to think about how scientists work and why they do the things they do.
Look at this diagram of the eye. Do you recognise all the different parts? Use the labels below to finish off the diagram.
We’re going to be playing with our voice sounds and muffling them using a kitchen roll. Make different sounds into the tube (ring a bell, clap, whistle, rattle some keys). Blindfold the person who is listening and ask them to guess what sounds you are making.
In your kitchen look at what different cooking utensils are made from. Talk to an adult about the different materials. Do you know their names? Now look for or think of household objects that could be made with these materials. How many can you find?
When we add some solids to water (or other liquids), they dissolve. Try this simple experiment to see which household solids will dissolve and which won’t.
This activity is designed to help you learn that different places around your home will be different temperatures and also to help you to practise reading scales on a thermometer.
Arm yourself with some small containers (see-through if possible) and a magnifying glass and find out what bugs live in your garden. Lift up stones and logs, look in dark corners near sheds, dig around in the soil and find cobwebs on the window sill. See if you can catch some bugs in your containers and talk to an adult about what each bug looks like.
Think about all the ways our houses protect us. Now think about animals or bugs living in your garden or house. Where do animals and bugs like to live? Draw a picture and/or write the name of their home. Cut out all the cards and make two piles, one for creature cards and one for house cards; mix them up. Pick one card from each pile. Would a mouse like to live in a fish pond? Would a frog like to live in a bee hive? Why?
Be a shadow detective! Place an object outside and record how the height and width of the shadow cast by the object changes throughout the day. Record them on this sheet.
Look at some pictures of different animals. Compare yourself to them. What do you have that is the same as a given animal? What is different about you? Try to find at least five differences and five similarities.
Look at the pictures. What is the main material that each of these items is made from? Cut out the picture cards and match them up with the label cards on the next page. Now shuffle the cards up and play a game of matching pairs!
Try to find four different habitats that animals or minibeasts live in around your house. Make notes on how effective each of these habitats is.
Many animals across the world have similar characteristics, even if they live in very different places. Use your research skills to find information in books and online and see how many animals you can put in the following boxes. Remember, some animals may fall into more than one box!
Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes and listen really carefully. What can you hear inside the room? What can you hear inside yourself? Record the sounds you hear.
Cut out the cards. Each player chooses a few cards; the other players need to ask questions to help them guess the identity of the animal or human pictured on the card.
Look in your recycling bins to find out what your family recycles and write it down on a list. Look on your local council website to find out if there is anything else you could recycle that you don’t at the moment. Can you encourage your family to recycle more? Make a recycling-bins poster to show them what they can recycle and what they can’t.
We breathe all of the time. Breathing is vital to ensure that oxygen is taken into our bodies and harmful carbon dioxide is taken out of our body… but how fast do we breathe? When does this change? Why? Complete the table and see if this helps you to answer these questions.
Resonance is described as the intensification and prolongation of sound, especially of a musical tone, produced by sympathetic vibration. Now ask an adult if you can borrow some glasses to investigate how the amount of water in a glass can affect the resonance sound made.
Read these instructions about growing a seed into a plant carefully. Can you match them with the picture cards and put them in the correct order? Cut out the cards or rewrite the instructions.
Go for a hunt around your house and find which places are the warmest and which are the coolest. Write the names of each place on these cards, or can you draw a picture showing the place? Can you put the cards in order from the warmest to the coolest place?
When we exercise the muscles and organs in our body need more oxygen and energy. Our heart therefore has to work much harder. Look at these pictures of different activities. Can you cut out the pictures and the heart rate cards and match up each activity with the heart rate you think is correct?