30+ Backyard Science Ideas


Your backyard is full of amazing things to explore and wonderful creatures to learn about. There are over 30 fun backyard science ideas listed below so grab a few supplies (you probably have most of them already) and head outside with your kids! Some of these just need an outdoor space so if you don’t have a backyard, pack a picnic lunch and head to the nearest local park!

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Explosions and Eruptions
Make a bottle rocket (pictured above)
Exploding baggies are tons of fun
Another exploding baggie to try
Mentos and soda geyser
Another geyser for you to try
Erupting volcano for prehistoric small world play

Science fun for kids  (pictured above)
Launching ping pong balls (pictured above)
Cornstarch and water experimenting
Controlling water flow
Keeping balls afloat
Fishing magnets
Swirling milk experiment
Open-ended science fun (pictured above)
Egg drop challenge with free planning printable. (pictured below)

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Art & Crafts
DIY binoculars for cloud observation.
Sun prints.
Make a kite.
Exploring sunography.

Nature Activities
Exploring math and science
Planning a kids garden for kids
Glacier iceberg science activity video
Worm anatomy science
Backyard Bugs: Monarch butterfly
Garden science: Soil
Garden science: Propagation

Build It
Outdoor pulley play idea – simple machines
Another pulley DIY activity
Make a zip line for your toys (pictured below)

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  1. Jenna says:

    This is so useful! I’m going to be trying a bunch of these with my girls.

  2. These are all great outdoor ideas. Great for summer coming. Thanks for linking up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Have a lovely week.

  3. Kim says:

    So many fun ideas! Pinning this to explore all these later! Thanks for sharing at Made for Kids! Hope to see you Sunday night at 10pm EST.

  4. Deanna says:

    So many great ideas!! Thank you for sharing at Made For Kids Link Party! I’ll be sharing on twitter this weekend. Hope you join up with us this weekend!
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  5. Abi says:

    Nice collection! Kids love this kind of stuff . . . I help with a science experiment class at our homeschool co-op, so we’re always looking for ideas. Visiting from SHINE blog hop.
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  6. I’m always so amazed by you! Great ideas! Pinned and tweeted. I appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls
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  7. Jennifer says:

    These are great science ideas. I’d love for you to linkup on my subject-specific linkup: http://www.dearhomeschooler.com/bookshelf

    Good job!

  8. Jessica says:

    There are so many awesome ideas here than my little ones will love! Thank you for sharing this on the Weekend Re-Treat Link Party so I could find it!
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  9. Lyn says:

    What a fantastic compilation of outdoor activities for a family! I love introducing my kids to science. They think it’s magic =) Thank you for sharing this with us on Welcome Home Wednesday. We’d love for you to come back again next week.
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  10. Allie says:

    Such great ideas. Posts like these really inspire me! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty
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  11. Jamie ( says:

    These are all great ideas and they are perfect for homeschooling or just home learning-lovers! Our kids would enjoy all of these! Thanks for sharing at Simple Sundays!
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  12. Twitter:
    These are amazing ideas. I think my nephews would enjoy many of the projects. I know the time we put the mintos into the diet coke it was a lot of fun, but there wasn’t very much science involved in that process.
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  13. Joely Smith says:

    Wow I am in awe of this amazing list of science and outdoor projects! We have done several of them when my kids were little but looking over all of these I can’t think of a reason why they would not make the perfect family activities now that they are older too! Heck my husband and I saw a few we want to do on our own just for fun! This is a great way to take a lazy boring weekend and have a great time and a few laughs together too! Thank you so much for this inspiration!
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  14. Scott says:

    We used dry ice and food coloring this year to do some really cool back yard experiments! Made a huge mess though!
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  15. Jeannette says:

    This is an amazing list! We’re working on less screen time and more learning time but I’ll be honest, it can be hard to come up with ideas. I see several inspirational ideas on this list and can’t wait to try some of them with my boys!
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  16. Censie says:

    What great ideas. WE have had fun doing some science experiments this summer too! Our favorite – lava lamps!
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  17. sacha says:

    This is great information for people to know especially parents. This is something that I could look over with my son and tryout one of these ideas. Thanks for sharing.
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  18. Danya says:

    So much science fun!! Thanks for including one of our ideas too!
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  19. Wendy says:

    What a great way to get the kiddos outside and involved in something educational and fun! I’ll be saving these for later. Making a kite would be cool!
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  20. Kerri says:

    What a great list of activities. Science is all around us and I love that kids can discover it right in their own backyard. I think I am going to check some of them out ot see if I can adapt for the classroom.
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  21. Star Traci says:

    These are terrific ideas! I especially love the egg drop challenge. Now that we are homeschooling, I am always looking for ways to bring science into our daily life. I will definitely be trying some of these (already pinned it!)
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  22. Rachee says:

    I love your ideas. I’ve been using them inspiration for STEM programming at work.
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