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 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. 

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

Experiments

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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