Properties and uses of substances

Early years

  • Read The Three Little Pigs and share the reasons for the success of each materials.
  • Make junk models with different materials and for different purposes (bridge, house for action figure/doll) and test it to see if it works.


  • Make parachutes with different materials, test them to see which is most successful.
  • Use different items around the house to test how long each might take to dissolve ice cubes and discuss why this might be useful in different seasons.

Secondary/senior phase

  • Have a Periodic Table poster to hand, this will help with homework.
  • Discuss how ingredients for baking have different effects (baking soda, bicarbonate of soda).