DIY Activities

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Make a Prism

In this activity, learners will make their own prism and use a glass of water to separate sunlight into different colors.

Two children pouring small stones into a glass pan.

Water Underground

Many people get water from a source deep underground, called groundwater. In this activity learners will make a model to explore this hidden water, and see how it connects to the other bodies of water.

Two children learning how to make a lake for a science experiment.

Make a Lake

Where rainwater goes after the rain stops? And why there are rivers and lakes in some parts of the land but not in others? In this activity, learners will make a model landscape using a plastic bin, sheet of plastic, and markers & food coloring to investigate the movement of water and find out how watersheds are formed.

A child pouring liquid into a glass with an adult and another child watching.

The World’s Water

Water on Earth is in lakes, the ocean, rivers, underground, and frozen glaciers. In this activity, learners will model how much water of each type is found around the globe to help visualize the distribution.

Two young people using tape in their science experiment about weak and strong bones

Strong Bones, Weak Bones

Most people will break a bone in their body at some point in their life, but how much force does it take to break one?

Two children holding celery that they are using for their science experiment about bone fractures

Bone Fractures

Most people break at least two bones in their lifetime. In this activity, learners will use celery stalks to model the many ways that bones can fracture.

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Wash Away Germs

Many germs spread by our hands, and often times, people don’t wash their hands well enough to get rid of germs. In this activity, learners will get their hands “dirty” with cinnamon and cooking spray, then test and compare different ways of washing their hands.

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Measure the Sun’s Size

In this activity, learners make their own pinhole viewer in order to measure the size of the sun. After using the viewer to project circular image of the Sun on paper, learners use ratios and an equation to calculate the Sun’s real size.

An adult and a child are working together on their science experiment.

Spot the Sunspots

In this activity, learners use binoculars (or a telescope) to identify and track sunspots.

A young person holding up a glass of water

Make a UV Detector

In this activity, learners use tonic water to detect ultraviolet (UV) light from the Sun and explore the concept of fluorescence.

Two young people examining a bowl of water while learning about water bugs

Water Bugs

Some bugs can walk on the surface of a lake, stream, river, pond or ocean. In this activity, learners will investigate surface tension of and how it prevents these bugs from sinking under the water’s surface.

Two children pouring liquids into a glass pan.

Freezing Lakes

In this activity learners will explore water’s unique properties of freezing and melting, and how these relate to density and temperature.

Two children and an adult examining jars of lake water.

Algae in Excess

In this activity, learners will explore how fertilizers can affect lakes and other bodies of water.

Two children learning about snotty noses in a science experiment

Snotty Nose

In this activity, learners will create a model of how snot works and will explore how it keeps our bodies healthy.

Two students building a lung out of a bottle and a balloon in a science experiment

Build a Lung

Most of the time, we don’t need to think about breathing. You’re breathing right now! How do you get air into your lungs (inhale) and out of your lungs (exhale)? Use a plastic bottle, a balloon, and a glove to model how your lungs work.

A young person holds a balloon in a science experiment about what's in your breath

What’s in Your Breath?

We breathe in and out all the time. What’s in the air we breathe out from our lungs (exhale), and how is it
different than the air we breathe in (inhale)? Test to see if carbon dioxide is present in the air we breathe in and

Sunprint art


Make your own solar prints with the power of the Sun and cyanotype technology. SUNPRINT® Kits are an easy and exciting project to do—perfect for DIY crafts, science experiments, and learning about the natural world.

Kepler Star Wheel

Star Wheels

Make and use your own Uncle Al’s Hands-On Universe Star Wheels to have a working star map for anytime of night, any month.

Two antibodies and a virus

Antibody Builder

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Delivery Capsules

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The Vaccine and You activity cards on trays

The Vaccine & You

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Spill Spread Simulation diagram

Spill Spread

In this simulation, learners explore how ocean currents spread all kinds of pollution—including oil spills, sewage, pesticides and factory waste—far beyond where the pollution originates.

Sunstones at The Lawrence

Hexagon Hunt

This activity gets learners looking at 6-sided shapes in nature, including the cells of a beehive, as well as other shapes.

Coins - Pennies

Penny Rubbing

In this art-related activity, learners make a coin rubbing—a process similar to what archeologists may do with ancient artifacts.

Children playing on the DNA sculpture at the Lawrence

Cool Trees

This warm weather activity introduces learners to the impact trees have on blocking the sun’s heat and reducing temperature on the Earth’s surface.

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Fold a Crystal

Rocks are made of minerals, and minerals often have crystal shapes. In this fun activity about geometry in nature, learners create their own crystal shapes out of paper. What does a tetrahedron look like? Find out here!

The Lawrence Hall of Science

Wind Tunnel

Create a miniature wind tunnel test by blowing air with a fan or blow dryer and flying paper airplanes, helicopters and other folded paper models in the “wind.”

Model of a beehive

Bee Builders

Make a model of a beehive and learn about honeybees.


Measure Yourself in Nanometers

Measure yourself in nanometers then compare that to standard measurements in inches or centimeters.


Ladybug Spots

Learn about symmetry in nature. Paint spots on the wing of a ladybug drawing.

Children playing on Pheena the Whale

Bird Watch

Learn about birds by observing them near home or school.

Students in front of The Lawrence

Mineral Hunt

Search for various kinds of items made from minerals around home or at school.

Girl with long braids

Beaded Braids: Investigating Patterns & Ratios

Investigate patterns and ratios through creating patterns of hair beads.

A young person looks through a telescope of the view at The Lawrence.

Helicopter Twirl

Create a paper helicopter and observe what happens when modifying the motion, weight, and blades.

Tuff Pupil

Tuff Pupil

This animated series was produced with Computer Science faculty to help young people learn important ideas related to cyber security. Parents, educators, librarians and community leaders – please use these videos with youth in your homes, schools and youth orgs to support conversations about how to safely and smartly use the internet.

Bread Bubbles Science Activity

Bready Bubble Balloon

Learners discover the bubble power of living cells in this multi-hour experiment with baker’s yeast.

A child looks through a telescope.

Drop Shape

In this activity, learners get a closer look at the shape of a drop of water and a drop of oil. Learners first drip water onto wax paper and examine the shape of separate drops from a side view.

A child and an adult work together on a science project at an exhibit at The Lawrence.

Dinosaur Bone Experiments

This activity features two connected hands-on activities about dinosaur bones. Using chicken or turkey bones and regular household items, learners explore the scientific process of studying fossilized bones. By exposing the bones to vinegar or heat, learners begin to understand how paleontologists use chemical processes to study the bones of animals long dead and gone.