After six weeks spent staying at home, finding new and interesting ways to keep the kids entertained can be an exhausting task.
This week, however, is National Science Week 2021 and there’s actually a stack of fun stuff going on, which you can access from home to excite and occupy your family.
Here’s where to look to sort your entertainment out for the week!
National Science Week 2021: Online activities and experiments for kids
The official website has a great list of events you can peruse and easy DIY science experiments ready for you to try. The National Science Week Facebook page is posting regular updates from many of the different businesses that are hosting online events as well as videos and easy to follow experiments.
The Sydney Science Trail school program from DART Learning presents a unique opportunity for parents to engage their children in the exciting world of scientific research. Let students discover the fascinating powers of adaptation and more, in an interactive, curriculum-linked, virtual classroom. Online excursions include: coffee production, deadly science education, honey production, the Science Week hackathon, and the science of rockets! Follow the DART Learning Facebook Page to make sure you don’t miss all these fabulous live events.
Questacon’s doors are closed but they are eager to keep your kids interested in Science and are fostering this enthusiasm by sharing “Science at Home” ideas on the Questacon Facebook page every morning.
Interactive workshops, live-streamed demonstrations and ideas you can try at home can be found on the UOW Early Start Discovery Space Facebook Page and website.
Many school kids will already be using Reading Eggs. If you have a Reading Eggs subscription, the video library in Reading Eggs Junior contains a category called “Let’s Do Science” and features great short, simple experiments suitable for younger kids.
Are your kids interested in volcanoes? Join this free Zoom talk, hosted by Sutherland Shire Libraries, with volcanologist Heather Handley who has worked on some of the most active volcanoes on the planet. Bookings are essential. Find all the details here.
Street Science normally tours around schools showcasing experiments that wow the kids, for the time being, you can catch them online instead. Check out the Street Science Youtube Channel for some exciting experiments you can simply watch or try yourself.
Looking for educational viewing? ABC iView has compiled a Science Week collection of shows that focus on different aspects of Science. Play School Science Time is a particularly good one for helping the kids learn about new experiments and what they teach us.