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What to Expect
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.
Lots of wildlife lies low during the colder months, but many creatures stay busy as ever. They leave behind traces of their activity everywhere, especially after a fresh snowfall! Create your own animal tracks from the warmth of your kitchen—and prepare a tasty treat while you’re at it. Once you’re done munching on cookies and studying the toes, claws, size and gait of common creatures, why not head outside and look for the real thing?Animal Track Cookies
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.Backyard Biodiversity
Poke holes in a water-filled bag without losing a single drop. Magic? Nope! This trick relies on the science of polymers. Sharpen some pencils and try this experiment yourself.
Can you climb through a hole in a sheet of paper? Find out how to fit your entire body through a piece of paper while learning about perimeter and area. With practice, you might be able to squeeze through an index or business card!
Use the fundamentals of physics to create a dinosaur that can "walk" down ramps.
Download instructions here.
Find out how to harvest honey—from capping to extracting—from our friends at the Toronto Beekeepers Collective.
Plus, learn why geometry is essential to the strength and space-efficiency of honeycombs here.
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.
Find out how to create—and stick to!—a routine, and learn to make a squishy, sensory stress ball.
Experiment with immiscible liquids to create a colourful, slow-mo show in a jar.
Explore how heat affects chemicals in the sweetest of ways.
Harness the power of fermentation to make a simple sourdough starter from scratch.
Find the instructions here.
Make an easy, unlikely-looking paper plane that really soars.
Explore the densities of different liquids through an easy layering experiment. Try creating a six-layer rainbow in honour of Pride Month.
Explore the best way to remove stains through a series of controlled experiments.
Blow big, beautiful bubbles using our tried, tested and true bubble recipe!
Try this tongue-based experiment to determine where you’re most sensitive to the five basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.
Make delicious, creamy vanilla ice-cream using five ingredients--and science, of course!
Weave Popsicle sticks together and release them to unleash a burst of kinetic energy, sending the sticks flying.
Extract pigment from fruits and vegetables to create a palette of beautiful, natural watercolours.
Combine milk, food coloring and dish soap create a colourful chemical reaction that results in rainbow explosions.
Learn how to start seeding indoors using recycled materials like egg cartons, take-out containers and pop bottles.
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.
Simon shows you how to bring your favourite constellation to life at home in this fun and easy activity.
Learn to marble paper with Fotini and Zoe and create beautiful art using shaving cream and food colouring.
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.
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.