Family Activities

Science is about ideas. Teaching is about bringing it to life.

Use these free parent activities to turn your home into a lab and let the magic of “doing” begin! Engage your students with topics relevant to their life to underscore the power of science that impacts our world, and more.

child in rain boots splashing in puddle
3-5

Don't Slip!

In this family activity students measure, record and graph the frictional force between a block of wood and 3M™ Sandpaper.
post-it note and measuring tape
3-5

How Strong is It?

In this family activity, students work in groups to explore the properties of Post-it® Notes and determine the amount of force required to pull them across a plane.
magnet and nails
3-5

Interaction at a Distance

In this family activity students explore magnetic strength and how combining magnets can increase it.
pinecone
3-5

Numbers in Nature

This simple activity helps build appreciation for the complex structures found in the natural world.
girl behind stack of newspapers
3-5

Strong as Newspaper!

In this family activity, students make a simple but strong structure from tubes made from rolled up newspaper.
tornado over ocean
3-5

Tornado in a Bottle

Simulate a tornado with this handmade contraption and learn some weather science along the way.