Summer is the very best time of year to try out some new science activities. Going outside is a must, so experimenting with some fun science activities is one of the best ways to get some learning in during the summertime. Explore these 5 summer science activities your kids will love – and you will love that they are actually learning.
Some families homeschool year-round with a few breaks throughout the year. Others take a summer break or sporadic breaks for vacations or around specific events. Homeschooling allows us the freedom to be sporadic, to adjust, and to do what works well for our families.
Whatever school year you choose to have, summertime seems to be a period when your students can do more outside. It is just the perfect time to do some goofy, funky, let’s-get-dirty homeschool science activities outdoors.
What is great about science activities, especially during the summer, is that they can incorporate other subjects like writing, and nature studies which make for fun learning that defeats the summer slide.
For those who don’t know, the summer slide is the phrase used to describe a slide backward many kids make in educational skills during the summer. Encouraging your child to dedicate time to summertime learning, with a splash of fun and laughter in it, brings educational benefits and lasting memories. Especially when returning to a regular schedule after the break.
Help your kids experience a summer full of fun activities they will enjoy! These 5 summer science activities your kids will love are a great way to start:
Spark curiosity in kids to find out more about ocean currents, like the East Australian Current, and how they are formed. This ocean currents science experiment is a fun way to see currents form right before your child’s eyes.
Head outside and learn how to raise a few native butterflies from the caterpillars in your very own backyard.
Is a childhood, really a childhood without making a Mentos/soda explosion? I think not. The best thing about this experiment is that scientists aren’t exactly sure what causes the explosion. This leaves room for hypothesis and research for your kids.
Kids can explore chilly science experiments on a warm summer day. This makes a fun way to cool down and learn about science while playing. Kids will love this.
Learn about centrifugal force while building this simple pump. It will help kids understand machines such as washing machines and vacuums.
Homeschool Planet holds Lesson Plans, and some curriculum for, the following science programs which incorporate fun science activities your kids will love:
Nancy Larson Science This is a complete hands-on elementary science curriculum with challenging content that engages elementary-age students and is easy to teach. This curriculum works with lessons in a logical sequence, building vocabulary, making language arts connections, and review/assessments.
Apologia Elementary Science Apologia’s Elementary Science is a creation-based science curriculum taught with a Christian worldview. Apologia develops curriculum to help families cultivate a biblically sound approach to all thought and experience.
Apologia Science 7th-12th Grade – Apologia’s Science 7th – 12th grade is a creation-based science curriculum taught with a Christian worldview. Apologia develops curriculum to help families cultivate a biblically sound approach to all thought and experience.
Berean Builders – Berean Builders is a hands-on, multilevel elementary science series that introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. Because each lesson is built around an activity or experiment, it is engaging for all K-6 students. In each Berean Builder course, students are reminded of the Creator who fashioned the marvels they are studying.
The Good and the Beautiful Science – The Good and The Beautiful resource aims to teach advanced academics while kids learn wholesome, robust literature with easy to follow, low prep, and low price high-quality curriculum. The Good and The Beautiful Science units are faith-based but focus on only fundamental Bible principles, allowing all Christians to use the units and add in their specific beliefs along the way.
Supercharged e-Science – The Supercharged e-Science Curriculum is self-guiding, so your kids can do it on their own. It is also very hands-on, so they are engaged in exciting lessons doing real science as real scientists do in the lab. Your kids will learn more science AND enjoy it more in 2 months than they would from a typical year of “traditional” science education.
Birds in Our Backyard – Introduce your children to the wonderful world of birds in their back yards and give them a greater understanding of our environment in the process. They will have fun, connect with the natural world, and make many fascinating discoveries.
BJU Press Science – With the BJU Press Science curriculum, your children will learn to explore God’s creation, investigations of our universe, the structure and inhabitants of the earth, along with the mechanisms of cells and atomic reactions.
LIFEPAC Science – With LIFEPAC Science, your students will develop observational skills as they study the created physical universe. There are four intriguing significant strands of this particular curriculum which include Life Science (plants and animals, human anatomy and personal care, biology), Space and Earth Science (geology, weather, space), Physical Science (chemistry, physics), and the nature of science (scientific method, experimentation, technology).
The Magic School Bus – The Magic School Bus is an educational resource full of science facts alongside fun, engaging, and entertaining lessons. It is a great hands-on learning and educational science kit for boys and girls that encourage STEM learning for ages 5+.
Rod and Staff Science – Rod and Staff Science curriculum provides a robust and solid foundation to science topics and concepts. The material is presented in story form, describing science concepts and facts in the context of a rural community with a Christian point of view. Experiments are simple and consist of materials you can easily find around your home.
Thinkwell Science – Thinkwell core curriculum subject areas taught via video-based learning materials. They give educators and students all the tools, technology, and content they need to succeed.
Study.com Science – Study.com has engaging self-paced online science courses in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and more. The program helps students study for exams, earn college credit, or boost your grades.
Have you figured out what science curriculum you will use next school year? Are you trying out any cool science experiments this summer? Drop some science activity links in the comments section to share with other homeschooling families.