Investigate Science


Have you ever thought about how science and art are linked? Try some of these experiments to find out.


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Finger Paint Fun

To use a fair test measuring activity to design the best type of finger paint and to use design observations to add ingredients.

Finger painting requires a certain consistency of paint, add measured amounts of corn flour and /or oil to mixed up paint to produce the best suitable paint for purpose.

Powered or ready made paint.

water, mixing containers, corn flour, oil, paper, glitter, stirrers, scales, measuring cylinders, timers.

Angle Art

To use protractors and rulers to measure angles and length accurately.

Measure angles of joints and bone length on 2 dimensional photographs and use to produce scale drawings of the human body.

Sports sections of newspapers, protractors, rulers, pencils, paper.

Crystal Garden

To make a saturated solution and produce a crystal structure through evaporation.

Make a saturated solution of Epsom salts, leave to evaporate, and observe the crystal structure that appears.

Petri dishes/ jam jar lids or similar, Epsom salts, warm water, stirrers, black paper or string.

Lava Lamp Laughs

To explore the properties of liquids and how they vary.

Make a Lava Lamp to show phase transition using oil, water and glitter or small beads. Use measuring equipment to make the best effect in your lamp.

Jam jars with seal-able lids..or secure fastening with balloons and rubber bands. Oil, water, food colouring, glitter, small beads.

Funky Felt

To explore the properties of materials and show the difference between reversible and irreversible changes .

Make a collaborative piece of art work using natural wool fibres that will change permanently when exposed to hot soapy water.

Wool fibres, bubble wrap or bamboo blinds, water sprayer, washing up liquid, paper towels.

Nature’s Way

To explore the properties of materials found in the natural world and use them to create your own 2d or 3d piece of work.

Collect materials from a garden or wild area ( can be brought from home). Sort into groups and plan and construct art work.

Natural materials (fallen leaves, twigs, moss stones etc) Access to the internet or library for research. Art materials, paper, glue, paint etc.

This session could be extended to 2 or 3 weeks to include collection, planning and construction


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