Enjoy these extra Science @ Home activities designed just for Academy members ages 4-8.
Feeling crafty? Make some monarch origami, create a coral reef crown, or piece together a penguin party hat in just a few kid-friendly steps.
Please note: While Science @ Home activities are designed to be conducted by kids, some little ones might need adult help with reading instructions and preparing crafts.
Sea otter kelp bed card
Sea otters keep kelp forests in balance by eating sea urchins. Create your own sea otter kelp bed card to show how sea otters are important just by eating.
Imagine flying around the world nonstop in 50 days. What kind of wings would you need? 11-foot albatross wings! Create your own albatross flyer to hang in your home and inspire your dreams of flight.
T. rex hat
Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs. It had 24 teeth that were 7-8 inches long and shaped like bananas. Prowl around your home as a T. rex with this build-your-own hat!
Build your own leafcutter ant
Leafcutter ants roam the forests of the Americas, carrying leaves up to 20 times heavier than their bodyweight! This activity will help you build your own larger-than-life leafcutter ant using materials that you can find in any local park or forest.
Snake finger puppet
Snakes are found with a dazzling variety of patterns and colors. Make your own snake finger puppet to bring with you on your herping adventures.
Color a San Francisco garter snake
Ever wonder about what kinds of snakes are local to the Bay Area? Color this San Francisco garter snake and learn why many consider it North America’s most beautiful snake.
Clothespin shark (craft)
Transform an ordinary clothespin into your very own shark-buddy. Then, use all of your senses to detect and ambush your prey in the Secret Shark Game.
Color a leopard shark (coloring)
Leopard sharks are common along the California coast. Don't be scared, these sharks are docile toward humans. Their favorite foods are shrimp, crabs, and small fish. Color a leopard shark!
Envelope shark (craft)
Craft a shark puppet from an envelope that you can wear on your hand and “swim” through your home.
Color a thresher shark (coloring)
The thresher shark lives in the open ocean and has an incredibly long caudal, or tail, fin. Learn about the thresher shark and color its watery home.
Nature crayons (activity)
The natural world dazzles with every color of the rainbow. What colors can you find when you go outside? Gather natural materials to paint a picture using “crayons” you made, not bought in the store.
Use your artistic imagination to illustrate how we’re all connected to the natural world.
Porthole portal (craft)
Create a beautiful, animal-filled coral reef scene that you can peer at through your undersea porthole.
Coral reef crown (craft)
Become coral reef royalty with this colorful, easy-to-make crown.
Monarch origami (craft)
Decorate your room with a kaleidoscope of origami monarch butterflies. (Yes, a group of butterflies is really called a “kaleidoscope!”)
Butterfly life cycle mobile (craft)
Make a hanging sculpture of the four stages of a butterfly’s life cycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly.
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