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For Parents


These activities are focused on introducing the scientific method to young children at home and are designed to be simple and easy to do!
Click on the topic to download the activity sheets.


Prize draw

Take a picture of your child having fun doing one of these science activities at home and upload it along with a completed entry form to be entered into a draw to win a family day pass to the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre! Entries close on 15 March 2018.

Draw guidelines

By submitting a picture to the website you agree to the following statement:

  • I understand these photos may be used by Otago Museum for promotional purposes at any time in the future, and release the Museum from any obligation for attributing credit, or any form of royalty or licensing payment.
  • A random draw will take place on 16 March 2018 and the winner will be notified on Monday 19 March by email or phone. The winner will receive a 2 adult, 2 children one day family pass to the Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre. In order to enter the draw you must fully complete the entry form and send a picture.

Other resources for you to check out!

Peep -
Peep and the Big Wide World is an animated series that aims to teach science and maths to preschool children (3–5 year olds). Their website contains games and videos but also has a large section with different activities – the themes are colour, plants, ramps, shadows, sound and water.

ExpeRimental -  
A series of videos with information sheets aimed at families to encourage science experiments at home!

Science Sparks -
Website with free simple ideas for preschool and primary school science that also have a strong creative/art link. 

Science Learning Hub -
A really good collection of short, easy to understand articles on different science topics and concepts, including pictures, diagrams and videos.