Science From Home
Welcome to our Science From Home page! Here you'll find simple science activities to try at home with your family, coloring pages, outdoor activities to explore the nature around you, and more! We are constantly adding and changing the contents of this page, so check back often!
Ask the Scientists!
Join Academy scientists and educators for a brand new virtual program where kids lead the conversation! Ask the Scientists! features a series of events about the world we are living in now. Each Zoom session lasts about 30 minutes. Free with registration.
Tuesday, September 22, 3 p.m.
Join Academy scientists and educators for a live virtual program where kids lead the conversation! Featuring Academy scientists, “Water Heroes” will focus on ways that we can all pitch in to save the world’s most precious resource and protect the creatures that depend on it. This program will last about 30 minutes. While kids of all ages are welcome, adult assistance is recommended to enable kids to ask questions.
Thursday, September 24, 3 p.m.
Join the directors of the award-winning kids’ documentary Microplastic Madness along with Academy scientists to sort through the invisible pollution contaminating our water. This virtual, 30-minute program will open the floor for kids to ask the questions. While kids of all ages are welcome, adult assistance is recommended to enable kids to ask questions.
Featuring: Beth Watson, PhD – Wetland Section Leader, Patrick Center for Environmental Research and Associate Professor of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Sciences at Drexel University and Marie Kurz, PhD- Environmental Geochemist, Patrick Center for Environmental Research.
New activities just added! Grow a gourd, make a bird migration station, learn how to press plants and more!
All of our 2020 virtual Bug Fest activities are now online!
Talk about web crawling… Bug Fest has gone digital for 2020! Join us on Zoom, Facebook and Instagram to celebrate all things creepy, crawly, sticky, prickly, wiggly, yucky, and kinda cute for our annual celebration of invertebrates. Download new activities and watch exclusive videos; tune in to talk with real scientists; learn about insects from all over the world, and see specimens from the Academy’s behind-the-scenes collections. Go ahead, get caught in our web!
Click here to explore all of our 2020 virtual Bug Fest.
The Academy is open!
We are so excited to be welcoming visitors again!
Regular Hours (starting July 31 until further notice)
General Public: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Members only: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Your safety is our priority and we currently have:
Enhanced cleaning protocols
Timed ticketing and reduced capacity
Required face coverings for visitors over 3
Click here for more details and FAQs about reopening.
Academy Science Camp From Home is a set of weekly themed science from home activities and videos for self-paced summer engagement. Click here to visit the Science Camp From Home page for the first two weeks of activities and videos!
Click here to visit the Science Camp From Home page for the first two weeks of activities and videos!
Totally Turtles Weekend
Join us for Totally Turtles Weekend, a digital festival celebrating everything turtle, tortoise and terrapin!
- Tune in to Facebook Live to meet our leopard tortoises and box turtles.
- Check out the Turtle Thunderdome to see which competitor can grab the most snacks.
- Download Turtle From Home activities and crafts!
Just added! Try these fun, hands-on activities that are easy to do with materials you usually have at home. Show us your at home projects! Message us on Facebook, or find us on Twitter and Instagram at @acadnatsci.
Build Your Own Bird Feeder
You can reuse many household materials to build a cute and useful bird feeder! Check out your recycling bin for a coffee can or milk carton. Then plan out and craft a bird feeder for your outdoor space.
Download our April Kids Club Activity Sheet for complete instructions.
Looking for even more ways to build homemade bird feeders? Click here for six more ideas you can try.
Color a Garden Bed
Gardening, whether in your yard, in pots on your windowsill or in your imagination, is a wonderful way to enjoy nature, especially when we’re stuck at home. On this printable activity sheet for kids, you can exercise your creativity and draw your very own garden bed.
Click here to download.
Home Science Activities
Try these fun, interactive, hands-on activities that are easy to do with materials you usually have at home. Explore with your child and learn together while having fun. We hope you enjoy the activities listed here while you spend time with your child, sharing your knowledge and gaining new experiences as you explore the world of science together.
Happy Science Adventures!
Simple science activities to try at home:
Color Our Collections
Coloring can have many benefits for people of all ages. It can help enhance motor skills and vision, reduce stress and anxiety and improve focus.
Click here to download a PDF coloring book made of images from the Academy's Library and Archives.
Get Outside Nature Hunt
Listen for bird calls, smell a flower and hug a tree to complete this outdoor scavenger hunt! Bring your completed scavenger hunt on your next visit to the Academy for a free child’s admission with a paid adult admission.
Can’t print this page right now? No problem! Record your answers on a separate sheet of paper and bring it with you. Already a member who visits for free? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a special renewal discount for completing your scavenger hunt.
Click here to download the nature hunt!
Biodiversity Bug Talks
Learn about the biodiversity of bugs and meet some of the insects that live at the Academy with educator David Schloss in these three short videos:
Amblypygid and Vinergaroon
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Millipedes and Centipedes
Exploring the World of Bugs
photo: Isa Betancourt
Reading as a family can be an excellent gateway to the natural world. Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder encourages an exploration of the insect world. Featuring macro photography and poetic text, the book asks readers to consider what would happen if they looked at the outside world in a different way — quietly and carefully.
Find a digital copy of the book from your local library or on YouTube. Then step outside with your family for a closer look at bees, spiders, fireflies and more. If you can’t find a copy of the book, you can still learn about nature on your own. Just take a trip to an isolated area of your local park, sit quietly in a grassy area and fix your eyes on a patch of grass or a flower bed.
When you're ready, complete the activities in our Exploring the World of Bugs blog post.
Planting for the Environment
In Plant the Tiny Seed, Christie Matheson helps the youngest naturalists understand how tiny seeds bloom into stunning flowers. Through delicate collage and watercolor graphics and poetic, simple text, she demonstrates the steps involved in planting a few seeds, taking care of them and watching them grow.
Readers are encouraged to “push” the seeds into the pages, wiggle their fingers to water the seeds, tap the clouds to bring rain and clap to wake up the sun. They then can follow the growth of a zinnia and better understand the role it serves in a garden of bees, butterflies and other animals.
Find a digital copy of the book at your local library or on YouTube. Then, do the following activity (or help your kids help plant a garden of their own) to learn more about the process at home. While you work, explain the main things that plants need to grow, including sun, water, soil and space.
Don’t have the book at home? No problem! Follow the prompts in our Planting for the Environment blog and learn about planting on your own!
Reading List: Taking Care of the Environment
You probably care deeply about keeping the environment clean. You likely take steps to be an environmental steward, perhaps rinsing and sorting your recycling, composting, conserving water, reusing items and more. You may even encourage members of your household to do the same. But have you considered how to explain the importance of these actions to your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews or friends? How will you help to prepare the next generation to work hard to make the planet a more sustainable place?
Whether you’re seeking a starting point for conversation, you want to further your own knowledge or you’re looking to join a global movement, this reading list will help you find a place to start.
Looking for more? Our Academy Kids Club Activity Sheets have lots of great science ideas you can try at home. Download the sheets below for hours of entertainment for your kids:
What is science, and how can parents help?
Science is the effort to discover and increase human understanding of how the physical and natural world works. It is amazing how science touches every aspect of our daily lives; from turning on the lights in the classroom to the snacks we eat daily. Science is about encouraging and asking questions, it is a process rather than a set of facts to memorize. As members of society, it is important that your child gains understanding of what science is and becomes familiar with the work and activities associated with science.
In all types of science, we use the same tools for investigation. We question, observe, study, experiment, and then discover and uncover new findings. As parents, we can model these activities with our children and, through hands-on activities, build and nurture their sense of curiosity. Young children are natural scientists. It is our role to encourage them to continue in their explorations.
Ten Good Reasons to use Science as a Vehicle for Learning
- Science responds to children’s need to learn about the world around them.
- Children’s everyday experience is the foundation for science.
- Open-ended science activities involve children at a range of different developmental levels.
- Hands-on science activities permit teachers to observe and respond to children’s individual strengths and needs.
- The scientific approach of “trial and error” welcomes error and interprets it as valuable information, not as failure.
- Science strongly supports the development of language and literacy.
- Science helps children with limited language to participate in the classroom.
- The problem-solving skills of science easily generalize to social situations.
- Science demonstrations help children become comfortable in large group conversations.
- Science connects easily to other areas, including play, art, math, music, movement, and social studies.