Natural Science

For these experiments you will need the kit listed on the contents page in your box. You will also need the following –

  • 3 sheets of white paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Felt tip pen
  • Scissors

River formation

  • Lay one of your pieces of paper on a flat, wipeable surface.
  • Take another piece of white paper and make a fist with one hand. Wrap the paper over your fist and squeeze it with your other hand. Like this
  • Take the paper off your fist and lay it on the other piece of paper so it it sticking up in the air, like a mountain range.
  • Stick both ends down with some stick tape. It should look like this –
  • Take your felt tip pen and colour along the peaks of the ‘mountain range’, go over them 2 or 3 times. Like this –
  • Fill your spray bottle with water.
  • Hold the spray bottle above the mountain range and spray it 5 times.
  • The pen should start to run down the mountain with the water. If it doesn’t, spray it a few more times.

Here is Energy Ed to explain the diffrent types of river formation you can see –

Bug hunting

  • Take your bug pot, you might also want a little stick, and head outside.
  • Somewhere leafy or gassy is best, but you can usually find insects in most places.
  • If you spot an bug, gently encourage it into your pot using a leaf or little stick. Try not to touch or grab it, you wouldn’t want to be grabbed by something much bigger than you!
  • Place the lid on and look through the magnifying section at your bug.
  • What type of creature is it? This blog from the Woodland Trust will help you to identify any you aren’t sure about!
  • Why not try drawing your creautre?
  • Make sure not to keep your creature cooped up for too long. Release it back where you found it.

Nature print paper

This really cool paper changes colour in the sun! It is best to do this on a sunny day, if possible.

*Leave the paper in it’s packet until you are ready or it will change colour too soon!*

  • Find something that you want to make a print of, this could be a leaf, or flower, or something else that will leave a good print.
  • When you have your item, take the nature print paper out of the packet and place the item on top.
  • Leave it in the sun until it changes colour (a few minutes in bright sunshine, a little longer if it is cloudy).
  • Take the item off and look at your print! If it isn’t very clear, try leaving it out for a bit longer.
  • Rinse your paper and leave to dry to lock in the image.

The paper has special chemicals on it that react with UV light. When you rinse the paper it rinses off the light-reacting chemical so your image will stay dark blue.

Footprint Identifier

For this experiment you are going to make a helpful tool for when you are out and about. This will help you to identify any footprints you might see in the mud, or sand, or even just some wet footprints!

  • Cut out the footprint templates.
  • Take your split pin and poke it through the small hole on each of the cards.
  • Attach them together using the split pin.
  • Use your handy identifier out in the wild!
  • Why not add your own?

Leaf identifier and leaf rubbing

For this experiment you are going to make another handy identifying tool, this time for leaves!

  • Cut out the leaf templates.
  • Take your split pin and poke it through the small hole on each of the cards.
  • Attach them together using the split pin.
  • Which trees can you identify using your tool?
  • Take your wax crayon and place a piece of paper over one of your leaves and rub your wax crayon over it to get a print on your paper.