Whether you run your own summer science camp for a school, run an at home science camp or daycare, or just want to do fun science experiments with your kids, we have you covered. A group of wonderful bloggers has put together these week-long summer science camp activities to give you lots of new ideas.  Maybe you need a lesson plan or a few simple science experiments to try out!

AWESOME SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP IDEAS FOR KIDS

Summer Science Camp Experiments for the Young Scientist Week Long Experiments

A WEEK OF SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP 

Below you will find tons of great science camp ideas! Most have links to full articles!

The science camp activities you will find below can work for multiple ages from preschool through to early elementary school. There’s so much learning, playing, and exploring going on this summer. I have found great science snacks, games, projects, and of course experiments and activities for each day of the week.

Each day has its own theme with several experiments and activities listed to try. You can modify them or add to them as you need to for different abilities. Encourage kids to use their journals for field notes!

CREATE A SCIENCE KIT

Start your summer science camp week by presenting each young scientist with some equipment! My son loves to get all dressed up like a scientist. Plus, you can lessen mess a bit. Protective eye wear is always important!

SUGGESTIONS:

  • Adult size dress shirt for a lab coat {great thrift store finds}
  • Protective eyeglasses 
  • Magnifying glass, eye dropper, tweezers {favorite science kit}
  • Composition book with a ruler and colored pencils for field notes.

Each day have the kids use their science journals to write or draw about what they learned, observed, and created! A great way to practice writing, mark-making, and drawing over the summer months! Set up a homemade science kit.

GRAB A SAMPLE DIY STEM CAMP WEEK PLAN HERE.

stem summer camp

SET UP A SCIENCE TABLE OR “LAB”

We have two great examples of setups for both an indoor science lab and an outdoor science table! You can make them whatever size you need to accommodate the number of kids who will be using them!

Although they are geared for the home scientist, you can use them as inspiration for larger groups!

Indoor Science Lab

Outdoor Science Table

EXTRA HANDY SCIENCE PROJECT RESOURCES

Try one of these groupings of themed science activities for a fun way to kick off hands-on summer camp fun.

Science in a Jar

Science in a Bag

SCIENCE THEMED SNACKS

A summer science camp needs snacks so why not try a tasty science-themed snack or beverage every day! Science also happens in the kitchen!

HOW TO MAKE SCIENCE-THEMED SNACKS

POPCORN: You will need brown lunch-size paper bags and corn kernels. Measure out 1/4 cup and place in the bag, fold the top over and place in microwave. Set the time between 2:30 and 3 minutes. When the popping slows take it out! Compare the 1/4 cup of kernels to the now popped corn. How many cups did it make? What changed the corn? What is the volume?

HOMEMADE POPSICLE: Explore reversible change with homemade Popsicles. Grab your favorite juice, Popsicle sticks, and small disposable cups. Point out that water (juice) can exist in three states, liquid, solid, and gas! 

Freeze your cups of juice. You can use tinfoil with slits in the top to hold the popsicle sticks in place. Now have the kids observe the state of matter of ice? Make a couple extra and note what happens when the popsicle melts and refreezes. This is an example of a reversible change.

For extra fun explore why ice cubes float instead of sink in water. (Hint: Ice is unique in that as it freezes it becomes less dense).

 

FUN CAMP GAMES FOR KIDS

Have fun playing and learning! Here’s a list of easy science camp games to play together. 

1. The Sense of Touch Game

We used paper sandwich bags. Number the bags, at least 10. Put an object inside each bag. Have the kids stick their hands in bag, feel the object, and make a guess. They can write down their answers or draw what they think it is. For younger children keep the objects simple and familiar. For older kids, make it challenging.

2. Nature Scavenger Hunt

Use egg crates or paper bags to collect a list of items that you can paste directly onto the carton or bag. You can choose specific items based on your area.

Check out: Printable Scavenger Hunts

3. Senses Scavenger Hunt

As above but this time have a list of senses to find. Find something rough. Find something red. Listen for a bird. Leave a few snacks out for the sense of taste!

Check out: Printable Scavenger Hunts

4.Cup Tower Building Contest

Have teams build towers! You can get the large plastic cups or even mini ones at the dollar store. Who can build the tallest tower or who can stack 50 cups the fastest?

Check Out: 100 Cup Tower Challenge

5. Nature I Spy Game

Collect nature items on a table. You can either play the traditional I spy and ask questions to one another or you can play a memory game. Study the items and then close eyes. Have one person take an item away. Can you guess what’s missing? Work all together or pair kids together.

Check out: Nature Printables

SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP: MAKE AND TAKES

Each day of science camp has your little scientist campers make a project to take home! Great way to extend learning as they discuss their projects with friends and family!

IDEAS FOR SUMMER CAMP ACTIVITIES

1.  WATER ACTIVITIES

Spend the first day of summer camp exploring water! Sinking, floating, melting, and flowing! Even build boats that will float!

Make Boats: Save all those recyclables! Plastic bottles, jugs, milk cartons, and cans are perfect! Add straws, craft supplies, corks, and sponges. You can laminate paper and cut it into triangles for sales. Punch holes to thread on a straw. Test your boats down the tin foil river.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Water Experiments For Kids

2. CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENTS

What science camp would be complete without fizzing and bubbling chemical reactions?  Investigate what happens when two common household items are combined.  Test two different chemical reactions and observe them in several unique ways. 

3. SIMPLE MACHINES

How do machines work? What do machines do for us? Make simple machines with ordinary materials and explore how things work at summer science camp.

 

4.  SUMMER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

This day of summer activities is all about the WOW! Check out how common materials make really neat science experiments! Watch for themed camp weeks all summer long.

5. DISCOVERY STATIONS

The final day of our summer science camp is all about creating and exploring. For the past 4 days, kids have seen how science works! Now set them loose to explore, discover, and invent! Make simple stations for kids to try out. Encourage problem-solving, creating, and engineering.

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Nature Station

Use your resources! Gather your nature, collect rainwater, and set up a table. Add a mirror, magnifying glass, flashlight, and tweezers! This is a great place to take out colored pencils or crayons and a field guide! Grab some contact paper and make a window hanging by sandwiching natural finds in the contact paper. 

Invention Station

Boxes, recyclables, pool noodles, painters tape, egg crates, styrofoam, old CDs, string, plastic fruit baskets. You name it!  Kids can work together or independently to invent something cool! Have the kids sketch an idea and draw the finished invention. Write a little about what the invention can do.

Ramps and Measurement Station

Rain gutters make great ramps since nothing will fall off! Quite cheap at the hardware store too. Gather all sorts of objects of different sizes and weights as well as cars. We bought one rain gutter and sawed it in half. Have races and predict which object will win. Put the ramps at different angles to see if the objects go faster or slower. Use a tape measure to see how far different items go!

MORE SCIENCE CAMP THEME WEEKS TO EXPLORE

HOST A YOUNG SCIENTIST’S SCIENCE CAMP THIS SUMMER!

8 Comments

  1. Your ideas are fantastic! I just finished planning my own science camp. If only I had discovered your resource a few weeks ago. I am also doing dissecting during our week together. I will certainly save your plans for the future.
    Blessings!

  2. Well explained . This is a great post to learn about science. Really helpful for kids to understand basic concepts as well as they will have fun and really enjoy it. Very helpful for kids. Thanks for compiling list

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