We’ve got quite a collection of activity ideas for learning about materials and their properties so I’ve brought them all together in one very long post. If you have any more ideas, I’d love to hear them, so do leave a comment below. You could also share photos to the Science Sparks facebook page. Don’t forget we’ve got 100s more great science investigations for kids you can try too!

These activities are great for Key Stage 1 Science in the UK, but also fun for children of any age.

Materials and their Properties Experiments

Grouping Materials

Try placing different household objects into an opaque bag and asking children to guess what the object is using their sense of touch, which features of the object lead them to their guess?

Make different types of musical instruments, maracas, drums and maybe a guitar and ask the children to match the sound to the instrument.

acoustics - guitar in a tub

Try gently banging wooden, plastic and metal items on a flat surface, how does the noise differ between each? Can you use this property to categorise the objects?

Test objects to see if they’re magnetic, you could even make a magnet maze.

Try sorting a group of toys into metal, plastic, wood and fabric. As a twist on this we sorted Ariel’s cave too!

Practice squashing, stretching and pulling different materials to change their shape. Try play dough, fabric, paper, soft balls. Do they break? Do they go back to their original shape?

Changing Materials – Science for Kids

Learn about how heat changes chocolate by making rice krispie cakes or chocolate leaves.

Find out what happens to ice when it melts, you could even make some slushy drinks.

frozen smoothie in an ice tray - edieble science for kids

Trying freezing different food materials, water, syrup, bread, milk etc. Do some take longer to freeze/defrost than others?

Melt sugar and make honeycomb.

Honeycomb full of bubbles for an easy kitchen science experiment for kids

Transform cream into butter.

Properties of materials

Investigate which materials make the best hockey puck.

investigating materials

Discover the best material for a superhero cape or a fairy wand?

Can you make a superhero float?

superhero science

Make your own marshmallow Olaf and test which substance sticks him together the best.

How about designing and building a wooden bed and a mattress for the Princess and the Pea.

Design and tech wooden bed

Design and build a cardboard kitchen.

Cardboard kitchen

Discover how materials can be weak in some circumstances, but very strong in others.

STEM Challenge - eggshell bridge

Magnetism Investigations for Kids

Learn about the different poles of a magnet with these easy sugru cars.


Or, make your own magnet maze to test different materials.

Did you know you can use magnets to defy gravity?

Magnet and rocket experiment
Image taken from This IS Rocket Science

Waterproofing Experiments for Kids

Find out which natural materials make the most waterproof roof for a lego house.

lego house

Submerge soft toys underwater wrapped in different materials to see which is the most waterproof.

Find out which materials make the best boat or make an umbrella for Incy Wincy spider.

This sugar cube investigation is also great for testing how waterproof different materials are.

sugar cube water absorbing science experiment for kids

Sound Science Experiments for Kids

Explore which materials work best at muffling sounds or try making a guitar and muffle the sound of that.

A bottle xylophone is super easy to set up and sounds amazing!

Did you know you can see sound? This fun investigation allows you to do just that!

A straw flute is another fun sound experiment perfect for learning about pitch.

Suitable for Key Stage 1 – Materials and their Properties 

Can you think of anything we’ve missed?

Great investigations and experiments for a materials and their properties topic #materials #keystage1science #scienceforkids

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