Materials investigation

An investigation for year 2 and P3, linking to the topics everyday materials and properties and uses of substances. Pupils will investigate which is the best material for our robot Y to bounce off. They will make their own bouncing Y toy, changing the material Y bounces against, causing them to consider the properties of each material.

This pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan
  • A PowerPoint presentation including the instructions to make a bouncing Y toy
  • A printable Y template
  • A results table for pupils to complete

Simple to resource! The items you need:

  • A bamboo skewer
  • A fruit or vegetable
  • Wooden beads with large holes
  • The spring from inside a retractable biro
Year 2
Everyday materials
Materials investigation

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