Science Projects to Do Outdoors

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Summer’s almost here. This means outdoor science projects for your kids! Here are some fun projects that your kids will love. Prepare for your yard to get messy!

The Egg Drop Project

The egg drop project can get addictive. Don’t be surprised if you end up having an entire carton of eggs  cracked in your yard! The challenge of this project is for your kids to design a structure for an egg that will prevent the egg from cracking when it falls to the ground from a height. This project will encourage your kids to think independently. It’s a great science project for six to eight year-olds.

Build Your Own Anemometer

The anenometer is effectively a horizontal windmill. It’s used to measure wind speed. There are many designs to make homemade anemometers, and it’s a fantastic summer project for older kids. I say this project is for older kids.

Make a Foil Oven to Cook S’Mores in the Sun

With the sun out to brighten your day, why not create a solar oven with aluminum foil and cook some s’mores with the kids? It’s very easy to make an aluminum foil oven. All you need to do is line the inside of an empty pizza box (including the lid) with aluminum foil. Then prop the lid up with a stick, place some graham crackers, top with marshmallow and chocolate, and wait for the s’mores to cook in the sun while you enjoy other science activities.

Science Fun with Bubbles

Kids are excited by bubbles. Younger kids in particular will enjoy twisting pipe cleaners into 2D shapes like circles, squares and hearts, and then dipping them into soapy water and blowing. Talk about the shapes of the bubbles – can they be made in different shapes? Talk about the color and whether you can catch them with your hands. Encourage your kids to think about the science of bubbles while they play.

Learn to Tell the Temperature by Crickets!

Did you know that you can tell the temperature by the chirruping of crickets? You’ll be surprised by how accurately it’s possible to do so. This is a perfect activity for a summer night. Just count the cricket’s chirps for fourteen seconds – the tough job will be to separate out one cricket from the others. Write the number down and add 40. What you get is the temperature in degrees F. This sounds like an urban myth, but there’s hard science behind it. Maybe your older kids can find out the science behind this cricket-thermometer!