Here at Science Sparks we know that not everyone has baking soda, batteries, motors and lots of craft supplies to hand all the time, so I’ve gathered together a collection of science experiments using just paper ( and maybe scissors and a paperclip or two ).

Paper Science Experiments

Paper Spinners

My children can play with paper spinners for hours. You can make them giant, tiny, medium sized, add different weights to them, so many different variations to try.

Easy Paper Spinners - paper science experiments for kids

Newspaper STEM Challenges

Our newspaper STEM challenges use tape as well as paper, but are great fun as a team task. We built our shelter and kept adding to it for days afterwards!

Collection of easy newspaper STEM challenges for kids and grown ups. roll the paper and get buildiing. #STEMChallenges #NewspaperSTEM #STEMforkids

How Strong is Paper?

Fold separate pieces of paper into a square column, triangle column and circle column to investigate which shape is the strongest. Balance books on top of each to find out which can hold the most weight without collapsing.

how strong is paper experiment

Paper Aeroplane Challenge

Frugal Fun for Boys and girls has some brilliant instructions for how to fold awesome paper planes.

Add coins to a paper aeroplane to investigate how extra weight affects flight like Kids Activities Blog.

Rainy Day Mum has a fantastic STEAM paper aeroplane activity.

Red Ted Art has some amazing circle paper planes. Try making these in different sizes to see how the size affects how they fly.

Hello Wonderful also has some fantastic paper plane toys that would be great for an investigation.

Paper gliders, paper planes and other paper aeroplane STEM challenges #STEM #Scienceforkids #STEMforKids

Can you fit through an index card?

This super simple step through an index card activity needs just a small rectangle of card or paper and some scissors.

How to fit through an index card

Kids cut the card in a special way and then can step through it!

More Paper Experiments for Kids

These paper experiments need a few more supplies, but are great fun so if you happen to have the right materials hanging around we would definitely recommend giving them a go.

Scratch Art Paper needs paper and wax crayons. The idea is that you colour the paper with coloured crayons, crayon over the top with black crayon and then scratch off the black to reveal the colour underneath!

Easy scratch art activity for kids - art and science

If you have a balloon you can cut a piece of paper into small pieces and try to make them jump up to the balloon with static electricity.

Another fun idea is to turn a sheet of paper into a treasure map using tea or coffee.

Treasure map made with paper and tea

Can you think of any more science experiments using just paper?

If crafts are more your thing, Red Ted Art has lots of brilliant crafts using toilet rolls. Our favourite is Paddington!

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