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 of 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 the long jump at school. What can you do to jump farther? In this experiment, we will test out if you can increase jumping distance by increase running distance. You need to find a long jump pit and have a tape measure, sidewalk chalk. Let us know your answer to the question.
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 of the science experiment to answer the question of what makes a ball bounce. For this one, even preschool kids can do it.
Do you know someone who plays hockey? Try this hockey science activity answering the question of 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 a swimsuit when swimming.
For those who play basketball, do you like to use bank shots? A bank shot is a shot that relies on the ball bouncing off the backboard and into the basket. Why and how does bank shot work? Let’s find out the answer through a science experiment.
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 the center of gravity and balancing skills 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 saltwater, 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.
I hope you like these science experiment activities. 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 to follow scientific steps while working with kids on these activities. Below, you will find the Science Experiment Recording Sheet that outlined the scientific experiment steps. 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 hypotheses. To download the recording sheet, simply fill out your email below and click the “Please Send Free Experiment Recording Sheet” button.
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