A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.

About ExpeRimental

All about ExpeRimental, our series of videos that help you bring science home.

Tips for doing science at home

Five things to keep in mind while doing the activities to get the most out of science experiments at home with your children.

Memory masters

Investigate how your memory works, and learn a cunning trick to help memorise lots of things.

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Hollow masks

Baffle your brain with the famous 'hollow mask illusion', and experiment with how it works by making your own.

Small, or far away?

Experiment with your perception of distance and size by making the amazing Ames room illusion.

Baffling body illusions

Confuse your body with eight illusions to experiment with your sense of 'proprioception'.

Multitasking mayhem

Learn how different parts of your brain deal with different tasks, test your multitasking skills, and explore how some activities 'interfere' with each other.

Disgusting dining

Make a delicious and disgusting fake poo, and learn about how our emotions form.


Create your very own hand-made animations, and learn about how we perceive motion.

Finding faces

Find out why we see faces in inanimate objects and learn about what features are most important in recognising a face.

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Learn to make splatter pictures and experiment with trying to spot hidden images in random patterns.

Rubber band cannons

Andrea and his sons Alessandro and Serafino build rubber band cannons from crisp tins and drinks bottles, and use them to explore projectile motion... and knock down any target they can think of.

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Homemade lava lamp

Oly and her daughter Viola build a home-made lava lamp and use a surprising property of citrus fruits to explore the science of floating and sinking.


Giant bubbles

Mei and her daughter Mischa learn why bubbles are always round and find out how to make giant bubbles with a couple of wooden spoons and some string.

Singing wine glasses

Marieke and her daughter Tilly make music with wine glasses and squash, and investigate how changing one variable can affect another.

Static magic

Sophie and her son Hector explore the magical world of static electricity by making charged objects move without touching them.

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Balloon car racers

Mark and his girls Sasha and Lara build and race their own balloon powered cars.

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Spaghetti towers

Aoife and her children Lorenzo and Alice become engineers for the day, building structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows, and investigating the properties of materials.

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Musical coat hangers

Petra and her son Adam try out an amazing trick with a coat hanger and some string, and think about the science of sound.

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Homemade parachutes

Jackie and her son Alex make a homemade parachute to transport an egg safely to the ground, and explore what it means to do a fair test.

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Balancing sculptures

Gail and her daughters make amazing balancing structures and explore the science of stability.

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Colour quest

Discover the hidden colours in ink.


Make an uncooked egg bounce!

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Candle chemistry

Experiment with the chemistry of candles and make a flame jump through the air.

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Rufus and the racers

Comedian Rufus Hound and his son Alby make soap powered boats and learn how soap affects the way water molecules hold onto each other.

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Playing with play dough

Pasha, Rushana and their son Aaryan learn about mixtures, solutions and chemical reactions while making home-made play dough.

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Fizzy bottle rockets

Danielle and Michael make self-propelled rockets out of juice bottles in an adventure playground, and learn how a chemical reaction which produces gas can be used to propel a rocket.

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Colour changing cabbage juice

Andy and his nephews make a beautiful colour changing liquid from cabbage juice, and explore the science of indicator solutions.

Fizzy cubes

Olympia and her daughter Viola make a self-inflating balloon and experiment to find out which household liquids react with bicarbonate of soda.

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Making butter

Catherine and the Lurgan Brownies Group make butter from cream.

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Cakes in a cup

Investigate the chemistry of cakes by making microwave mug cakes and seeing what happens when you leave out key ingredients from the recipe.

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Downloads – 1-10

Printable info sheets, certificates and badges to help make the most of the first 10 ExpeRimental activities, all about physics.

Downloads – 11-20

Printable info sheets, certificates and badges to help make the most of the second batch of ExpeRimental activities, all about chemistry.