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're launching Do Try This at Home, a series of fun science activities for children, with short demonstration videos and simple, step-by-step instructions. 


As we all adjust to new ways of living, working and teaching at home, we’re here to help.

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 parents and carers inspire and educate their children at home.

Our expert science communicators, based around the UK and Ireland, will be filming short demonstration videos in their kitchens and living rooms over the coming weeks, specifically to help parents and carers. They'll use basic household materials to demonstrate physics, with step-by-step instructions and simple explanations of the science behind it all, published right here.

We want to make it easy to get your children excited about learning – without having to leave your home. We'll be releasing new activities regularly, so keep checking back here for more. 

We hope you and your family have fun trying them out, and we’d love to see how you get on. Why not photograph or film yourselves doing them and share on social media, using #IOPathome?

LATEST: Episode 6: Milk Carton Sprinkler

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

Episode 5: Wobbly Stick

Do Try This at Home - Episode 5: Wobbly Stick

Episode 4: Reversing Arrow

Do Try This at Home - Episode 4: Reversing Arrow

Episode 3: Shrinking Coin

Do Try This at Home - Episode 2: Shrinking Coin

Episode 2: Waterproof Hanky

Do Try This at Home - Episode 2: Waterproof Hanky

Episode 1: Rubber Band Bass Guitar

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

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