Questacon at home — Fun science activities for kids

Wherever you are, be inspired by science and learn about the way our world works through a variety of fun experiments and activities you can do at home. Share your home experiments on social media using the #Questaconathome hashtag. We’re looking forward to seeing your results!

We want to hear from you! If you have any feedback or ideas for your favourite at home science resources, please email us.

Looking for hands-on STEM activities to do at home with your kids? The Questacon team have developed a huge collection of activity sheets for children from Kindergarten all the way through to Year 12. These activity sheets are easily downloadable so they can be printed and done offline and were designed to be interesting, engaging and full of hands on learning experiences where parents and kids can work together. Download the sheets and get out and about around your house and backyard and enjoy some Questacon at Home!

Video Resources

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, young and curious, or young at heart, our video resources are designed to encourage curiosity and learning.

Preschool age early learning adventures in science

This video series aims to inspire kids to engage in science through exciting practical adventures, giving them the chance to discover science concepts in daily life and more.

School age DIY Science – simple experiments to try at home

Check out some of our favourite DIY science experiments for kids, to inspire curiosity and encourage learning by doing. Make your own lava lamp, battery, balloon powered car and more… we’ll show you how.

For curious minds of all ages - Questacon guest speaker series

Learn about science from the world’s greatest science minds without leaving your home! Enjoy the adventures of an Air Force Test Pilot, discover the science of spray on skin from Doctor Fiona Wood, hear about expanding universes from Professor Brian Schmidt and much more.

Shell Questacon Science Circus

Feed your curiosity and enjoy lively science presentations from the Shell Questacon Science Circus team.

Experiments for Children 5+

For some fun and easy science activities to try at home using everyday ingredients, check out our written guides for budding scientists from our Shell Questacon Science Circus team. Discover how to make an air cannon, create your own slime or experiment with bottled clouds. All guides include lists of the items needed to try the experiments at home.

Buy and Try

Enjoy all the Questacon Shop has to offer from the comfort of your lounge room. Browse our online range of classic science toys, science kits, and assorted puzzles and board games.

Whether you are looking to learn something new, challenge the senses, or have fun with the whole family, our online shop has something for everyone. Visit the Questacon Shop online and have the gift of science delivered direct to your door.

Other great online resources

Questacon is part of a global community that works to increase awareness and understanding of the application of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in our daily lives. Our people are constantly on the lookout for great science resources and experiences and we would like to share some of these sources of inspiration with you.

Each week we will update this page with a few of our top picks from the world of science learning – and we would love to hear about some of the great online resources you’re discovering, too. Please send your suggestions to info@questacon.edu.au with ‘Questacon at Home’ in the subject line. Our Science and Learning teams will review your recommendations and will choose a selection each week to feature on this page.

STEM Inspiration of the Week

Griffith University offers a highly successful online early reader book series based on the Australian Curriculum in science and maths. The interactive e-books and video books have been developed for pre-K to year 3 students. To assist parents and carers during this time of home learning, Griffith University is currently providing free access to these resources.

UNE Discovery Voyager provides a collection of exciting online STEM resources for curious minds. Explore UNE’s National History Museum, discover interesting science experiments to try at home, and much more.

STARportal is a collaboration by the Office of the Chief Scientist, providing a database of learning activities to help Australian families find inspiring local opportunities to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Australia’s Science Channel offers a range of informative and thought-provoking science videos, podcasts and articles across topic areas including space, technology, the body, and more. There is also a selection of inspiring letters from leading Australian science experts for students in year 10 and year 12.

Education – The Royal Institution of Australia offers FREE videos, articles, resources and teacher tools all linked to the Australian National Curriculum to inspire and support your STEM teaching, anytime, anywhere. Some of their highlights include SCINEMA International Science Film Festival resources, their In Class With video series, and STEM Packs which tackle large topics in depth.

Scitech’s at home experiments are designed for kids and families to explore and learn about science together at home. There are interesting activities to suit all ages, using easy to source materials.

Fizzics Education offers a range of online science activities, including virtual programs, along with a large selection of free resources featuring interesting science experiments to do at home, podcasts and more.

The Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman, is a former Shell Questacon Science Circus presenter and an expert on fun science experiments kids can do at home. You can watch his science demos and access lesson plans through the ABC science website.

The Exploratorium’s online learning portal provides experiences to stimulate curiosity, and to support teachers and learning facilitators. Their downloadable iPad applications Sound Uncovered and Colour Uncovered are tools to explore science in our everyday experiences.