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Free Science Activities for Home Learning

Help your child to enjoy science at home

Whizz Pop Bang is an award-winning kids’ science magazine, bursting with hands-on experiments, facts and fun. Now that schools are closed, we've compiled some FREE hands-on science experiments and science reading comprehensions to help you entertain, excite and educate your child at home (see below).

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Whizz Pop Bang magazines are designed for children aged 6 to 12. The experiments can be done by children of any age (with adult supervision). However, we have separated the resources below by the year group they are particularly relevant to (Years 2 to 6 are mapped to the English National Curriculum objectives and topics and P3 to P7 are aligned with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence). 

Year 2/P3

Year 3/P4

Year 4/P5

Year 5/P6

Year 6/P7

Make your own plastic

Explore making plastic from milk (casein plastic) in this fun free science experiment using household items!

Make plastic from milk (2.4 MB)

Reading comprehension: Agnes Arber

Read about sensational scientist Agnes Arber, whose career as a plant scientist started when she was just 13! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets.

Agnes Arber reading comprehension feature (1.4 MB)

Make gloopy slime

Your slime-obsessed year 4 and P5 child will love this gooey activity! They will make their own slime, then decide if it is a solid or a liquid.

Gloopy slime activity (1 MB)

Flying machines

There are lots of different ways to make paper aeroplanes. Investigate with these fantastic flying machines!

Flying machines activity (0.9 MB)

Bacteria investigation

Try this very visual experiment to see the effect that hand washing has on germs.

Bacteria investigation (0.4 MB)

Seed germination: grow your own plant pet!

Grow grass pets to learn about what seeds need in order to flourish. 

Grow a grass pet (0.4 MB)

Reading comprehension: Orthopaedic Vet

This is a great one for animal lovers! An interview with Toby Gemmill, whose job is to put broken pets back together after an accident. Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheet.

Orthopaedic vet reading comprehension (1.7 MB)

Reading comprehension: How toilets work

Toilets! We all use them but how many of us know how they work? Includes the feature to print or for your child to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets.

Toilet reading comprehension (4.6 MB)

Reading comprehension: Interview with Tim Peake

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake tells us what it’s really like travelling through space! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheet.

Tim Peake reading comprehension (1.9 MB)

Reading comprehension: Electrical Engineer

Find out what it's like to be an electrical engineering whizz with this inspirational interview with Nikita Hari. Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheet.

Electrical Engineer reading comprehension (3 MB)

Reading comprehension: Harvest mice

Read all about the smallest rodent in Europe, the tiny harvest mouse! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets.

Harvest mice reading comprehension (2.9 MB)


Walking water activity

Does your child think water can ‘walk’? Set up a nifty experiment together to prove that it actually can move and discover how plants transport water using capillary action.

Walking water activity (1.1 MB)

Reading comprehension: Explosions Engineer

Find out why Kate Biberdorf loves to blow things up to inspire her students! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets.

Explosions Engineer reading comprehension (1.7 MB)

Reading comprehension: The Wright Brothers

Soar through the remarkable story of the team behind the world’s first powered flight! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets.

Wright Brothers reading comprehension (1.2 MB)

Design your own bridge 

Get busy designing and building your own bridge and experiment to see how much weight it can hold!

Bridge designing activity (1.5 MB)

Reading comprehension: Crabs

Discover why these cool crustaceans have an exoskeleton, how they walk and more! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets.

Crab reading comprehension (2.4 MB)

Bendy bones experiment

Create a model backbone that represents vertebrae and cartilage. Plus, try an intriguing experiment to find out what happens when bones don’t contain enough calcium!

Bendy bones activity (0.9 MB)

Make your own volcano

Print out a volcano template and create your very own miniature volcano using the harmless chemicals you find in your kitchen cupboards!

Volcano activity (3.3 MB)

Make your own solar system

Make an awesome model, showing the planets in order of their distance from the Sun!

Solar system activity (1.1 MB)

Reading comprehension: Michael Faraday

Meet the 'Father of Electricity', Michael Faraday! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheet.

Michael Faraday reading comprehension (0.8 MB)

Make a model wind turbine activity

Print, cut and craft a model wind turbine to try out in windy weather!

Wind turbine activity (2.2 MB)

Dandelion test flight activity

Make a model dandelion seed and see how far it goes!

Dandelion test flight activity (1.4 MB)

Mummify a tomato

Try mummifying a tomato by creating the conditions used in ancient Egypt!

Mummify a tomato activity (1.2 MB)

Water wheel lifter

Can you lift a weight using the power of water? Try this fun science activity to find out!

Water wheel activity (1.4 MB)

Bacteria invasion game

The invading bacterium, streptococcus, is trying to multiply and make you sick! How fast can your immune system defeat the bug?

Bacteria invasion game (0.4 MB)

 

 

 

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