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We've pulled together our favourite science activities for you to try at home with these handy downloadable PDFs - fun for all the family! From colouring in sheets to stargazing guides, there's something for everyone.

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Looking closely and observing things is an important skill in science. It can help us spot important things we might otherwise miss. We can pay close attention to our senses to make new discoveries about familiar places.

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Design a boat out of tin foil to hold as much cargo as possible.

Produced in partnership with North East Autism Society for #AutismAcceptanceWeek

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Magnetism is an invisible force caused by the unique properties of some materials. We can use this force to make things move from a distance, without even touching it! Grab a magnet and let’s investigate magnetism.

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Our homes are filled with different materials. Materials are what things are made of, like wood, metal, cotton, plastic… the list is endless! Let’s explore the different materials in your home and figure out why we use different materials for different things.

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A chemical can be acid, alkali or neutral. This property affects how it reacts with other chemicals but it is invisible. Scientists use indicators that change colour to show the chemical’s acidity. Make your own indicator at home using red cabbage!

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Mixing things together can get messy, whether it’s ingredients in the kitchen or blocks in a building set. Sorting and separating them out again can take a long time, but we can use science to make this easier!

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You can mix two chemicals together and get a reaction. They can be fast and explosive, slow and fizzy, colourful, hot… the possibilities are endless. How fast a reaction happens is called the rate of reaction. But how can we change the rate of reaction?

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Close your eyes and listen closely to the sounds around you. What’s the furthest thing you can you hear? Can you hear things happening in other rooms, or even further away? Sounds can travel a long way. 

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Our tongues are covered in taste buds that pick up five basic tastes: sweet like sugar, salt, sour like lemons, bitter like dark chocolate, and “umami” or savoury. How can we change which of these tastes our brain registers in foods by altering our smelling abilities?

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The Moon’s surface is covered in interesting features. It is covered in craters – places where objects from space, such as asteroids, have crashed into it. Using some ingredients from your kitchen you can investigate the way craters form, and have a snack at the end!

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