Kitchen cupboard science – comparing materials

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By Gillian Ravenscroftscience coordinator and freelance writer

Explore the properties of materials with this month’s kitchen cupboard contents

illustration of lady opening kitchen cupboard

Your kitchen cupboards are full of ready-made science resources!

A range of materials, from sweets to washing-up liquids, can be used to consolidate children’s understanding of material properties and further hone AT1 skills. As with all food-based lessons, check for allergies first, establish clear rules about working with sweets and ensure that children wash their hands at the end of each session.

1. Sweet observations

Learning objective: To compare everyday materials on the basis of their properties.

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