Do Try This at Home

We want to make it easy for parents and carers to get their children excited about physics. That's why, as part of our Limit Less campaign, we've created Do Try This at Home, a series of fun science experiments for kids, with short demonstration videos and simple, step-by-step instructions. 


We're the Institute of Physics, the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. We work with schools to develop the teaching of physics – and now we want to use our expertise to help you inspire your children at home.

Our crack team of science communicators have filmed short demonstration videos in their kitchens and living rooms, using basic household materials to demonstrate physics in easy-to-replicate ways. Alongside the films, we have step-by-step instructions and explanations of the science behind it all published right here. 

The experiments below have been created as part of our Limit Less campaign, which aims to support young people to change the world and fulfil their potential by doing physics. 

And now you should also try our just-released activity pack, perfect for the long nights.

We want to make it easy to get your children excited about learning – so please do try these at home!

Winter Activity Pack cover in red white and blue with snow graphics

Winter Activity Pack

For even more to do at home this winter, try our pack. Filled with puzzles, articles, experiments and more, this booklet is designed to get your family excited and curious about the world around them – even when it might be cold, dark and wet outdoors. Perfect for ages 7-11.

Download (PDF, 1.7MB)
Do Try This at Home worksheets cover - logo with white text on red and green

New! Experiment instruction sheets

Download text versions of the Do Try This At Home experiment videos. Great for the classroom or for home learning, each experiment has clear instructions, illustrations and photos to make it easy to learn and have fun together. Feel free to print and use them individually or enjoy the whole set! 

Download (PDF, 6.51MB)

Experiments

NEW! Episode 14: Snowball Slingshot with Imogen and Sam

Do Try This at Home - Episode 14: Snowball Slingshot

Episode 13: Bouncing High with Niloufar, Ethan and Jasper

Woman sitting on sofa next to dog and ball

Episode 12: Ping Pong Pick Up with Melissa (and friends)

Woman in her living room demonstrating ping pong pick up experiment

Episode 11: Toilet Roll Solar System with Jenny and her planet-building experts

Do Try This at Home - Episode 11: Toilet Roll Solar System

Episode 10: Vanishing Coin with Taj, Saf and Norah

Do Try This at Home - Episode 10: Vanishing Coin

Episode 9: Electric Balloons with Lucy

Do Try This at Home - Episode 9: Electric Balloons

Episode 8: Hot Water Rising with Imogen and Sam

Do Try This at Home - Episode 8: Hot Water Rising

Episode 7: Rocket Balloon with Mikey (and "volunteer")

Do Try This at Home - Episode 7: Rocket Balloon

Episode 6: Milk Carton Sprinkler with Melissa

Do Try This at Home - Episode 6: Milk Carton Sprinkler

Episode 5: Wobbly Stick with Jenny (and two superheroes)

Do Try This at Home - Episode 5: Wobbly Stick

Episode 4: Reversing Arrow with Taj and Saf

Do Try This at Home - Episode 4: Reversing Arrow

Episode 3: Shrinking Coin with Lucy

Do Try This at Home - Episode 2: Shrinking Coin

Episode 2: Waterproof Hankie with Imogen and Sam

Do Try This at Home - Episode 2: Waterproof Hankie

Episode 1: Rubber Band Bass Guitar with Mikey

Do Try This at Home - Episode 1: Rubber band bass guitar

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