Science is one of my favourite areas to teach. I believe that every child is a born scientist and it’s something that is easy to nurture and explore at home. Summer is such a fun time to do science and nature study activities with your kids.
You have time to devote to longer experiments, can explore nature and oceans, and even take your science to different locations.
Below you’ll find some of our favourite Simple Summer Science to do with your kids this year.
Summer Science Experiments
We’ve picked some of the best summer science experiments and investigations you can do with your kids.
From solar power to nature study there’s lots to explore during the summer months.
Sun Science for Kids
Explore the power of the sun with easy Solar Print Dinosaur Footprints. An easy activity to do that shows how powerful the sun is as it bleaches the black paper.
Another fun way to explore the power of the sun is to create your own Solar Oven. We love doing this in summer with the kids.
Summer Nature Study for Kids
As we can get outside with the kids more in the summer, doing science around the natural world is fun. This plastic bottle wormery is easy to make and helps kids to understand a little more what worms do under the soil.
Another of our favourite summer nature science activities is to investigate the life cycle of the frog. One of the best ways to do that is by raising your own tadpoles with your kids.
If you can get the beach why not have a look to see what you can discover in the rock and tide pools. We have a guide to rock pooling with kids as well as a rock pool scavenger hunt you can do together.
Check out our favourite science equipment for summer with the Learning Resources Moonscope and Aquascope from the Nancy-B Science range with our review.
Plant Science for Kids
On the theme of nature, it’s the perfect time to explore plants and growth in more detail. Start by just growing some quick seeds with your kids. It’s easy to do and they will start to learn that plants need light, water and nutrients.
Whilst your growing seeds talk about nutrients and grow your salad with the kids. It will reinforce “how do plants grow” but also you can talk about food, digestion and what makes some food healthy and others not.
Once you have your vegetables why not perfect for science investigation looking at the starch in the different vegetables.
Plants need water and water evaporates from their leaves. This simple celery experiment for kids is great to investigate how this happens and reveal the vessels that use it.
Take a look at plants and examine the reproductive organs. Follow along with a simple plant science dissection.
Plant Growth Activity Pack ~ $5.00
Plant Cells & Photosynthesis ~ $5.00
Exploring Materials – Melting, freezing and Evaporation
A tasty science experiment to do with the kids this summer make their own ice-cream in a bag.
Melting ice is a fun experiment to do about materials and if you make your own ice paints then you can get creative whilst the ice melts.
Another process ideal to explore with kids this summer is evaporation and this easy Borax Free Crystal Growing experiment is simple to set up and do at home.
More Summer Fun for Kids
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.