Hands-on science activities that work

This website is a database of tested hands-on science activities and experiments, developed and gathered by Ingrid Sulston, both independently and collaboratively with other organizations.

The site is constantly being added to and edited as I prototype new activities and revisit old ones with new user groups. I use it as my own database as I bring hands-on science to different educational institutions, and am glad to share with others who are seeking ideas for hands-on science activities.

The activities have been run in schools, science centres, botanical gardens and science clubs in Canada and the US. They are mostly designed for elementary school-age children - either in a classroom setting or with their family group on a museum visit - but are easily adapted to any group size or age group. The curriculum connections are for the science curriculum of British Columbia, Canada (soon to be updated to reflect the new BC curriculum).

Every activity is a hands-on experience of a basic scientific phenomenon. They are short, 15 - 30 mins, and can be run alone, or partnered with others.
A lesson plan is an hour or more long, and includes several activities.
All activities strive to use materials that are easily obtainable and budget-concious, so can be run anywhere by anyone.