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Explore the outdoors with hands-on science activities for kids ages 5 to 10
Kids are full of big questions like “What makes plants grow?” or “Why does the moon change shape in the sky?”. Awesome Outdoor Experiments for Kids can help them find the answers! It’s a treasure trove of outdoor adventures, with more than 50 fun experiments that show kids science in action as they play outside.
Every experiment focuses on at least one aspect of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. As kids explore each activity outdoors, they’ll get the chance to interact with nature and the amazing processes that are happening all around them. They’ll observe bug behavior, build a beaver dam, predict the weather, and so much more.
Discover the ultimate guide to an outdoor science lab for kids:
Easy to do at home—The activities use basic items that are probably already around the house and include easy-to-follow steps.
Hows and whys—Kids will learn the real science behind every result with simple explanations of what happened, tips for exploring more, and fascinating questions to think about.
Just for kids—Little ones might need a little help from a grown-up for certain steps, but these experiments are designed for kids to do all by themselves.
Get kids outdoors with a book of hands-on experiments that show them the power of nature!
About the Author
DR. MEGAN OLIVIA HALL is a science, robotics, and agriculture teacher who has worked with learners from kindergarten to grad school. A National Board-Certified Teacher, she serves as science department chair and develops anti-racist social-emotional curricula at Open World Learning Community in St. Paul Public Schools.
“From Eclipse on a Stick to Enlightening Bugs, this book is the bee’s knees. In other words, it’s awesome.” —Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and Our Wild Calling
“Megan Olivia Hall makes STEAM fun while demystifying the concepts behind the phenomena. Once you try a couple of these experiments, you and the kids will see the world differently. Megan changed my paradigm of engineering as an indoor activity. So many amazing outdoor engineering experiments! I honestly didn’t know I could be an artist, but balancing rocks and making seed mosaics helped me and my kids (ages 6 and 9) find our inner Andrew Goldsworthy. I’m excited to continue exploring the STEAM all around us.” —Josh Leonard, education director, Belwin Outdoor Science and Minnesota Environmental Educator of the Year 2016
“Megan Olivia Hall has given us a wonderful gift with these smart and fun interactive science activities. Each one is unique and easy to do, offering simple and deep ways to engage with the natural world and connecting us back to each other and ourselves.” —Jean M. Larson, PhD, CTRS, HTR, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum