Backyard Summer Science

Imagine Your Kids Outside ALL Summer

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They’re glued to the TV…

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” font_size=”17″ font_color=”%23707070″ width=”850″]The kids have been sitting there all day.  You only know they are still alive by the constant need for snacks.  Your sanity (and their brain cells) die a little with each song from that annoying new show.

You know they need to get out of the house but you are just out of ideas so they continue the multi-hour marathon of zombie time.  The summer struggle is real!

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We’re Just Like You

Parents looking for a little more from our kids’ summer than sitting on the couch or hiding in the pool.

Juggling the competing desires to let-them-be-free-because-that’s-what-kids-do with it-would-be-nice-if-they-learned-something-this-summer.

Being busy, tired, or both so that we just want an activity that’s ready to go.[/text_block]

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June 12th – August 31st 2017


[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” top_padding=”15″]Online, done-for-you lesson plans & activities to keep your kids outside & learning this summer.  Created for grades K-5th.[/text_block]
  • Activities & lessons DESIGNED for outdoor play & discover.
  • Learning that is PLAY so that kids beg for more time outside.
  • PREPARED lessons with science explanations, printables, & supply lists ready to go.
  • INEXPENSIVE supplies because learning doesn’t need to be pricey.
  • Focus on SCIENCE so that kids actually learn something this summer.
  • SUPPORT (that’s us) to answer all your sciency questions for the summer.
  • Created for ELEMENTARY ages but fun for the whole family.

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

Meet the lessons

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    Who Stole the Cake? [Forensic Science & Chemistry]

    Was it Jake, Mia, Grace? Use science and deductive reasoning to discover which suspect stole the cake!

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    Bubble Bubble, Tension & Trouble [Surface Tension & Cohesion]

    Explore the world of bubbles and the all important question, Why are they always round?

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    Wingalings [Paper Airplanes & Flight]

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane…. wait, does it really matter? All kids dream of flying and what better way to learn about flight than our favorite — paper airplanes!

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    H2O: The Ultimate Superhero [Water Cycle]

    Peek into the world of the ultimate superhero – water! Marvel as it walks through walls or disappears right before your eyes!

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    Design a Monster [Adaptations & Natural Selection]

    Scale, claws, 100 legs. Which animal features are the best of the best? You decide and design your own.

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    Honybee Training [Communication & Cooperation] (bonus freebie)

    To learn what a honeybee’s life is like, you really have to be the bee! Take a day of honeybee training and explore what those workers actually do.

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Take a Test Drive

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” top_padding=”15″ bottom_padding=”30″]Want a taste of what you will get with the lessons?  Download the Honeybee Training Lesson for FREE!  Test it out and see how much fun your kids will have with 15 more lessons for the summer.[/text_block]

Grab the Free Lesson Now

Honeybee Training lesson  –  “I’m not sure how much my 4 year-old learned but he had fun collecting and transferring the “nectar” and running from predators. My 7 year old understood the process from collection to honey. Overall, it was fun, engaging, and educational.

A. Foster
mother of 2





Just started on the science lessons.  They are SO detailed and really fun, and they teach a lot in the lesson at the same time. It’s like a little day at school. It was more than I expected and I was totally impressed with them.

They look like they can be really adaptable to big kids and little kids as well. I was really impressed and pleasantly surprised.

M. Vilseck
mother of 3

Join the Waitlist

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Only have 15 minutes?

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” bottom_padding=”30″]Today you only have 15 minutes.  Next week you want to keep them busy for days.  Our flexible lessons give you both.

A marker in the lesson plan shows you the best place to cut the lesson if you only have 15 minutes.  All lessons and activities list the estimated time required right up front so you don’t have to guess if you have enough time.

We also included an “Extending the Lesson” section in each lesson giving you websites, videos, and books to explore even more![/text_block]

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Yup, there are free science activities out there.

The interwebs are stuffed with activities and lessons.  But that creates the problem of sifting through all that “stuff”.

Backyard Summer Science has completed lessons & activities, science explanations, and support from us all in one place!  No more cobbling together your own summer program.

Why take lessons outside?

Everything is better outside!  Outdoors bring kids more exercise, better focus (even with ADHD), less stress, Vitamin D

Plus, they aren’t making a mess of the house.  So win-win there.

We’re flexible

These lessons are created for the busy parent.  Need a quick 15 minute lesson?  We got ya!  What to stretch the lesson out into a multi-day learning fest?  We have website, video, and book suggestions to learn a little more.  Got preschoolers?  We’ve got a few suggestions for that too.  Fit the lessons to you and your schedule.

What kind of science lessons are they?

A little bit of everything!  Biology, physics, geology… we’ve got it all!

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Think your kids don’t like science?

We’ve been into the classrooms and seen those science hating kiddos.  And why wouldn’t they?  Stuck in chair doing a worksheet on some concept they can’t even grasp.

Doing is learning!  Kids love these science lessons because they are hands-on and not some boring lecture.


I don’t know anything about science.

You don’t need a degree in science to spark an interest in you kids.  But to make science even easier for everyone, we included science explanations in each lessons.  Basic language that tells you the why and how of what’s happening.  Plus, we will be here to help if you have any questions.

See the science process in action

“Citizen science” is just everyday people contributing to real science projects.  This gives kids the chance to be a part of something bigger and connect with other kids who are too.

This optional group project on iNaturalist (app or desktop) helps you submit photos of wild plants, animals, or bugs you find.  You don’t even have to know what they are, just how to take a picture of them![/text_block]

You don’t need to be a technical genius to use the program

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center” bottom_padding=”30″]All this glorious content is no help at all if the website looks like a maze the Minotaur would be proud of.  Well, we won’t leave you hangin’!

  1. Log In
  2. Pick a category (want chemistry lessons?  go there)
  3. Browse the lessons
  4. Download the PDF
  5. Do the lesson outside with your kids

We’ll walk you through it and answer any of your tech questions.[/text_block]

Sorry you missed us!

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”center”]Doors are closed for the summer.  Jump on our wait list for updates for the 2018 class.[/text_block]
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