Hands-on science activities

From melting ice cream to squashing tomatoes, your child will have a blast (and even get a little messy) with these simple science activities.

By GreatSchools Staff

Is it see-through?

In this science worksheet, your child will determine whether common items are see-through or not.

Skills your child will work on: using a flashlight, the difference between transparent and opaque, and observational skills.

For a change

In this science worksheet, your child will find out whether a change is permanent or reversible. For example, when ice cream melts to a liquid, it can be turned back into a solid again by freezing. But when paper burns, it becomes ashes — an irreversable change.

Skills your child will work on: heating and cooling, properties of solids and liquids, and observational skills.

Magnet magic

In this science worksheet, your child will learn which items magnets will attract or repel.

Skills your child will work on: properties of metal, understanding magnets, and observational skills.

How strong is paper?

In this science worksheet, your child will determine the strength of various paper products — from newspaper to paper cups. 

Skills your child will work on: learning about paper and observational skills.

Fast and slow motion

In this science worksheet, your child will learn to identify the different forces that can change an object's motion.

Skills your child will work on: understanding force, speed, push, and pull, and observational skills.

Attract or repel?

In this science worksheet, your child will learn about magnetic poles and magnetic attraction and repulsion.

Skills your child will work on: understanding magnets, north and south magnetic poles, and observational skills.

Bend it! Stretch it! Squash it!

In this science worksheet, your child will identifiy which every day items can be returned to their former shape after being bent, squashed, or stretched.

Skills your child will work on: understanding properties of solids, and observational skills.

All mixed up!

In this science worksheet, your child will determine whether various solids dissolve when added to different types of liquids.

Skills your child will work on: states of matter, properties of solids and liquids, and observational skills.

Attractive alloys

In this science worksheet, your child will learn about alloys, and why magnets attract some — but not all — alloy objects.

Skills your child will work on: properties of metals and alloys, and observational skills.

Solid, liquid, or gas?

In this science worksheet, your child will learn the different states of matter and identify various substances as either solid, liquid, or gas.

Skills your child will work on: states of matter, the difference between solid, liquid, and gas, and observational skills.