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Do It Yourself Science Fun

Science is everywhere. Learning can happen anywhere.

For the family that loves to experiment, this Do It Yourself series is sure to inspire your inner scientist.

We’ve got hands-on games and activities that range from getting your hands slimy to crafting gravity-defying chutes to exploring the nature in your backyard.

These easy-to-follow guides are simple, fun, and appropriate for most ages (with adult supervision).

Pick an activity below to get started.


 Carnival Headpiece

Create a Carnival Headpiece

Use your design and engineering skills to create a headpiece for this year’s virtual Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

Click here for the instructions.

Beaver Who Am I? Trivia Countdown Game

Test your knowledge of Canadian critters.

Click here for the instructions.

Marshmallow Soft, Sweet and Spongy Science

Make vegetarian (gelatin-free) marshmallows in time for camping season.

Click here for the instructions.
Walking Water Walking Water

Play with primary colours to create a rainbow using the forces of cohesion, adhesion and gravity.

Click here for the instructions.
A tomato Fruits and Veggies Crossword

Enjoy a serving of fruits and vegetables in puzzle format.

Click here for the instructions.
An Onion Test Your Taste Buds

Do other senses affect your ability to taste? Find out by conducting an experiment-- blindfolded!

Click here for the instructions.
Crystallophone Do-It-Yourself Crystallophone

Make a percussion instrument out of ordinary glass containers. It’s as simple as Do, Re, Mi!


Click here for the instructions.
Sundial Make a Sundial

Chart the passage of time using a homemade sundial, and observe how the shadows change their length.

Click here for the instructions.
Flying Paper Fish Spinning Paper Fish and Helicopter

Make two simple paper objects and explore their aerodynamics--how they move through the air.

Click here for the instructions.
Oceans

Ocean Word Jumble

Have a whale of a time as you unscramble the letter jumbles to reveal words related to ocean life.

Click here for the instructions.

Rainbow Jar

Layering Liquids

Explore the densities of different liquids through an easy layering experiment. Try creating a five-layer rainbow in honour of Pride Month.

Click here for the instructions.

Snake

Snakes and Letters Crossword

From top to tail, how much do you know about snakes? Try your hand at this puzzle.

Click here for the instructions.

 Jellyfish

Make a Pet Jellyfish

Upcycle a plastic bag to create your own pet jellyfish and learn about the dangers ocean plastic poses to sea turtles

Click here for the instructions.

 Flame Dance

 

Make A Flame Dance

Turn up the bass! Use music vibrations to make your flame groove to the beat.


Click here for the instructions.

 

Magnets

Move Atoms to Make Magnets

Change a material’s performance by rearranging its atoms, creating a magnet.

Click here for the instructions.

Crossword Science Is Everywhere Crossword

Solve general science clues to complete this playful puzzle.

Click here for the instructions.
Bee Hotel

Build a Bee Hotel

Build a bee hotel from recycled materials to keep mason bees safe so they can continue to pollinate flowers and crops.

Click here for the instructions.

Electrify Your Ketchup  

Electrify Your Ketchup

Use ketchup to conduct an electrical current in this easy, overnight experiment. It’s not just for fries!

Click here for the instructions.

 Parachutes

 

Parachute Shapes

Explore gravity and air resistance by making and testing different shaped parachutes.

Click here for the instructions.

Baked Ice Cream

Bake Ice-Cream in Your Oven

How can you put ice-cream in the oven without having it melt? Conduct this edible experiment to find out!

Click here for the instructions.
Bottle Garden Create Your Own Bottle Garden 

Repurpose a plastic pop bottle to create your very own indoor or outdoor bottle garden. It’s a perfect springtime activity for both big and little hands!

Click here for the instructions.
Make Your Own Slime

Make Your Own Slime

Ready to get goopy? Make your own slime using our tried, tested and true recipe.

Get the instructions here.

 


 Family game night fun

Woman with sign on her head reading Planet

Cranium Qs

We’ve taken the classic game HedBanz and added a science twist! Introducing Cranium Qs. This game is a great way to review-and pick up!-science vocabulary. 

Download the instructions here.

Science Doodle

Science Doodle

What do you get when you combine Pictionary with science? Science Doodle! This fun, family game gives players a chance to sharpen their drawing skills while reviewing—and picking up!—science vocabulary.

Download the instructions here.

 Biodiversity Bingo


Backyard Biodiversity Bingo

Learn about the variety of plant and animal life in your area with a game of  Backyard Biodiversity Bingo! Using your curiosity and powers of observation, look for a variety of living and non-living things that contribute to a healthy habitat, crossing them off your bingo card as you find them.

Download here.

 

 


Build a Tensegrity Structure

Surprise your eyes with a structure that seems to defy gravity and learn how to use tension to create structural integrity in your own tensegrity build.


Sensory-friendly Saturdays: Building Routines

Find out how to create -and stick to!-a routine, and learn to make a squishy, sensory stress ball.

Download the instructions here.


Fireworks in a Jar

Experiment with immiscible liquids to create a colourful, slow-mo show in a jar.

Download the instructions here.




Lava Toffee

Explore how heat affects chemicals in the sweetest of ways.

Download the instructions here.


The Science of Sourdough

Harness the power of fermentation to make a simple sourdough starter from scratch.

Download the instructions here.


Soaring Science

Make an easy, unlikely-looking paper plane that really soars.


Layering Liquids

Explore the densities of different liquids through an easy layering experiment. Try creating a six-layer rainbow in honour of Pride Month.


The Science of Laundry

Explore the best way to remove stains through a series of controlled experiments.


Make Bubbles at Home

Blow big, beautiful bubbles using our tried, tested and true bubble recipe!

Download the instructions here.


The Science of Taste

Try this tongue-based experiment to determine where you’re most sensitive to the five basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.


5-minute Ice Cream

Make delicious, creamy vanilla ice-cream using five ingredients--and science, of course!

Download the instructions here.


Kinetic Popsicle Stick Burst 

Weave Popsicle sticks together and release them to unleash a burst of kinetic energy, sending the sticks flying.


Make Your Own Plant-based Paint

Extract pigment from fruits and vegetables to create a palette of beautiful, natural watercolours.


Milk Colour Explosion

Combine milk, food coloring and dish soap create a colourful chemical reaction that results in rainbow explosions. 



Seed Starting

Learn how to start seeding indoors using recycled materials like egg cartons, take-out containers and pop bottles.

Download instructions here.


Memory: Math Edition

Test your memory and math skills all in one game! Easy to create at home, this game can be adapted to any math level. The goal is to match equivalent math expressions.

 


Make a Constellation

Simon shows you how to bring your favourite constellation to life at home in this fun and easy activity.

 


Marble Paper

Learn to marble paper with Fotini and Zoe and create beautiful art using shaving cream and food colouring.

Download instructions here.

 


Do It Yourself Science Experiments

Slime might be popular, but Oobleck is even better. Catherine and Morgan demonstrate how easy it is to make this non-Newtonian fluid at home, using three ingredients.


Explore science around us

Rachel explains how we can all be citizen scientists—even from balconies and backyards—by gathering much-needed cloud data for scientists around the world.