Many kids like sports, like soccer, basketball, swimming, track, biking, … With the Olympics in two months, I did a search on sports science activities and experiments for kids. I found a lot cool ideas. I am sharing some that can be done at home. Hope you like them just like I do.
Fun Sports Science Activities for Kids
We try to include science for different sports, and hope one of them will fit your child’s interest.
All kids probably have done long jump at school. What can you do to jump farther? In this experiment, we will test out if you can increase jumping distant by increase running distance. You need find a long jump pit, and have a tape measure, sidewalk chalk. Let us know what did you find out.
Many sports use balls, basketball, soccer ball, tennis ball, … All balls bounce. What makes a ball bounce higher? If you don’t put in any force, just drop the ball, will the ball come back to the same height? Why? This is a good project for school age kids. They can do it as a group project or a homeschool project. It is also a fun science fair project.
For younger kids, we found an easier version science experiment to answer the question what makes a ball bounce. For this one, even a preschool kids can do it.
Do you know someone play hockey? Try this hockey science activity answering the question what slides best on ice. This is a fun activity for young children, like kindergarten age.
If you have kids who like swimming, and who are reasonably good at it, you can do this swimming science experiment and see why it is better to wear swimsuit when swimming.
For those who plays basketball, do you like to use bank shot? A bank shot is a shot that relies on the ball bouncing off the backboard and into the basket. This is an easy activities to show why and how bank shot works. While this activity is for kids of all ages, even young children, you may want to try a thorough science experiment to understand the effect of bank short.
Balancing is important in all sports. The key concept in balancing is the center of gravity. You can do a fun activity with kids to see the differences in center of gravity and balancing skill between parents and kids.
Now it is time to do science with soccer. With soccer balls, how do you know it is the right air pressure for it? How to choose the best air pressure for the soccer ball?
After science with balls, let’s try a swimming science project. We know ocean water is salt water, and most swimming pool water is chlorine water. Which water is better? Does the water type impact swimming speed? This is an interesting experiment design, and I hope you will do it, and I am so interested in knowing if you get the same result.
Do you have suggestion on sports science activities for kids?
I hope you like these science experiments. Doing science at home is not just for fun, it is also to cultivate child’s interest in science and help them grow scientific thinking skills. Don’t just do it for fun, try follow scientific steps while working with kids on these activities. I outlined the steps and developed this Science Experiment Recording Sheet. I highly recommend following these steps for each activity, even with young children. They can draw pictures if they can’t write. It is the process that is important, starting with questions and hypothesis.
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