Under 5s informal science learning directory, Online resources

 Please note that this list is not exhaustive and details are subject to change. Science from the Start is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Online resources


CBeebies have a Grown-Up’s page with articles about many learning topics, including science-based activities such as gardening and learning about seasons.


Education.com has a list of pre-school science activity ideas (please note that these articles usually contain instructions for the activity and questions to ask children, but may not explain the science behind the activity for adults).


ExpeRimental from the Royal Institution includes activities that are suitable for 4 and 5 year olds.


Forestry Commission England has a family learning page, which links to online learning resources, while the days out with the kids page includes links to further downloadable resources.


Inspiration Laboratories have a science section with instructions and some basic background information for a variety of experiments.


Into the Woods Outdoor Nursery has a page of information about the benefits of outdoor play.


The National Trust’s list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ is designed to encourage kids to get mucky, discover their wild side and get closer to nature and contains some activities that are suitable for babies and toddlers.


Nature Detectives membership from the Woodland Trust is aimed at 5-11 year olds, but many of the online resources can be easily adapted for or used with younger children.


The Explore with Goodies page from Organix has ideas for activities, accompanied by interesting facts, which including exploring nature and growing herbs.


Science activities for babies and toddlers in different situations from PBS Parents.


The Science Museum have some education resources for 3-5 year olds.


Science from the Start activities posted on the project Facebook page are accompanied by scientific background information or links to further information.


Pre-school science experiments, with science information, from Science Sparks.


Sellafield provides online learning resources which start at age 4.


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