Summer is the perfect time for children to learn about nature and creature habitats, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning thanks to the warm weather. To make the most of it, here are Springboard Supplies we have a wealth of resources to help you organise some seasonal science activities for your class.
Capture and Observe Insects
There’s nothing more fun than an engaging bug hunt to teach children about habitats, nature, and creature specification. Using the Bug and Plant Taster Pack, it’s easy to create a lesson plan with simple scientific activities that involve observing and cataloguing creatures to learn about their different features and characteristics. With this set, pupils can also learn about specimen collection and be introduced to the basics of creature categorisation.
Learn About Creature Life Cycles
Ideal for encouraging learning through play and interaction, the Back to Nature Life Cycle Outdoor Play Mat illustrates the life cycles of birds, frogs, butterflies, and trees. Set the mat up outside, and encourage children to observe plants and animals, identifying which part of the life cycle they’re in.
For a more hands-on science activity, the Butterfly Garden gives a class the unique opportunity to observe the life cycle of butterflies as they change from caterpillars to chrysalides and emerge as adult Painted Lady Butterflies.
Children can play at being paleontologists with our Play and Explore Fossils Pack, which contains eight realistic looking specimens for them to explore and learn about. For an added element of excitement, you can bury these in storage trays filled with sand, and encourage kids to excavate them for a more tactile and realistic experience, then catalogue their fascinating find.
Make a Minibeast Habitat
A number of minibeasts make an appearance throughout spring and summer, making learning about their habitat the ideal science activity for summer. To accompany a lesson plan on creatures and their habitats, encourage students to make their own habitat burst filled with seasonal minibeasts like dragonflies, bees, and butterflies.
Explore the Science of the Weather
Exploring the weather and the changes between seasons makes for a great science activity all year round, including summer. Using the weather science kit, children can learn about the weather by conducting experiments on different phenomena like temperature, wind, and evaporation.
Make the most of the weather by moving learning out of the classroom. To organise your own science activities that are perfect for summer, the Science Outdoors Book is filled with 50 hands-on science experiments designed to encourage children to understand the world around them and gain scientific knowledge through play and exploration.