DIY

Brought to you by the Terrific Scientific team

What is Terrific Scientific DIY?

Terrific Scientific DIY is a new series of activities to encourage family groups – children, siblings, parents and guardians – to enjoy science together.

What should I look out for?

• Easy to follow films demonstrating how to do simple experiments using basic equipment – from bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to balloons and CDs.

• Famous families having fun with these experiments at home.

• The bottle rocket challenge: faces from across the BBC compete to build and launch bottle rockets. Whose will fly highest? Could you do better?

• As well as how-to films, all experiments are accompanied by full, clear written instructions to download.

• Join our national journey of scientific discovery!

Terrific Scientific DIY: How to build your own bottle rocket

Watch the film to find out how to defeat gravity with our bottle rocket. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions. It's not rocket science! But don't forget: this activity requires adult supervision.

Activity sheet

Fancy trying this at home? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below.

Download our activity sheet

What makes a bottle rocket fly?

Terrific Scientific ambassador Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock explains how vinegar and bicarbonate of soda can combine to make rocket fuel and gives you some top tips to help your rocket hit new heights!

The bottle rocket challenge - BBC Breakfast

Lousie Minchin and Dan Walker battle it out over the breakfast table to see whose rocket has the most early morning get-up-and-go.

The bottle rocket challenge - BBC Weather

Carol Kirkwood and Matt Taylor forecast vinegary showers and explosive reactions as the two meteorologists send their rockets soaring towards the stratosphere.

The bottle rocket challenge - MasterChef

The oven gloves are off as John Torode and Gregg Wallace turn the MasterChef kitchen into a science lab.

The bottle rocket challenge - Casualty

Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Duffy (Cathy Shipton) swap stitches and bandages for vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Whose rocket soars and whose heads for trauma?

The bottle rocket challenge - Football Focus

Former footballers turned presenters Kevin Kilbane and Trevor Sinclair turn a football pitch into a launch pad. Whose rocket will be over the moon and who will be sick as a parrot?

Bottle rocket challenge - Health: Truth or Scare

Angela Rippon and Kevin Duala shake things up with bicarbonate and vinegar. Launch is approaching: whose rocket will soar, and whose will plummet?

Terrific Scientific DIY: Marshmallow catapult

Watch the film to find out how you can engineer your own marshmallow catapult. Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Famous families DIY: Marshmallow catapult

Find out how our famous families got on making a marshmallow catapult. Could you do any better? Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Terrific Scientific DIY: Sticky rice

Watch the film to find out how you can harness the power of friction to lift a bottle of rice using only a blunt knife.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below

Download our activity sheet

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A number of famous faces and their families investigate the science of friction by having a go at our sticky rice activity.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Terrific Scientific DIY: Make a rainbow

Watch the film to find out how you can use simple science to make a rainbow in a plastic bottle.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Famous families DIY: Make a rainbow

Watch our Terrific Scientific famous families as they see out if they can create a rainbow inside a bottle using the power of science. Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below.

Download our activity sheet

Terrific Scientific DIY: Bendy water

Watch the film to find out how you can you use simple science to bend water.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below.

Download our activity sheet

Watch with wonder: Bendy water!

Watch a family bend water using the power of electrons - it's mesmerising and you can do that too!

Famous families DIY: Bendy water

Watch our Terrific Scientific famous families as they find out if they can bend water using nothing but the power of balloons and static electricity.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Terrific Scientific DIY: Hovercraft

Watch the film to find out how you can make a mini hovercraft from a balloon and CD.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Famous families DIY: Hovercraft

Watch our Terrific Scientific famous families as they see if they can turn an old CD into a hovercraft using nothing but science and a balloon.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Terrific Scientific DIY: Lava art

Impress your family and friends by showing them the cool lava art you can create by putting oil and salt in water.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below.

Download our activity sheet

Famous families DIY: Lava art

Watch as a number of famous faces and their families have a go at creating some spellbinding lava art. Why not try it for yourself?

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Terrific Scientific DIY: Hoop glider

Watch the film to find out how you can you use simple science to make a glider.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below.

Download our activity sheet

Famous families DIY: Hoop glider

Watch as some famous faces and their families have a go at making a hoop glider. Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Terrific Scientific DIY: Parachute

Watch the film to find out how you can use air resistance to make a toy soldier a parachute out of a bin liner.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below.

Download our activity sheet

Famous families DIY: Parachute

Watch our Terrific Scientific famous families make parachutes for toy soldiers using bin liners and string and see whose works best when it comes to testing them out.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Terrific Scientific DIY: Ice cream

Watch the film and find out how you can use science to make ice cream the fun and easy way!

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below.

Download our activity sheet

Famous families DIY: Ice cream

Watch as a number of famous families have a go at making ice cream the fun and easy way.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision.

Terrific Scientific DIY: Lemon volcano

Watch the film to find out how you can make a lemon bubble like a volcano!

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below.

Download our activity sheet

Famous families DIY: Lemon volcano

Watch as a number of famous faces and their families have a go at making lemons bubble like a volcano!

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision.

Terrific Scientific DIY: How to make plastic milk

Watch the film to find out how you can you use simple science to turn milk into plastic.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below. Download our activity sheet

Famous families DIY: Plastic milk

Watch as a number of famous faces and their families have a go at making 'plastic' by reacting milk with vinegar!

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision.

Terrific Scientific DIY: How to make a tornado in a bottle

Watch the film to find out how you can make tornado in a bottle using glitter, water and some washing up liquid.

We recommend using biodegradable glitter.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below. Download our activity sheet

Famous families DIY: Tornado in a bottle

Watch as some famous faces have a go at making a tornado in a bottle.

We recommend using biodegradable glitter for this activity. Please note - this activity will require adult supervision.

Terrific Scientific DIY: Bouncing eggs

Watch the film to find out how you can use simple science to make an egg bouncy.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below. Download our activity sheet

Balloon science: Breathless balloons

Watch our video below that shows you how to make a self-inflating balloon. Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Fancy having a go yourself?

For full written instructions on how to make your own self-inflating balloon, follow the link below. Download our activity sheet

Balloon science: Balloon rockets

Watch our video that shows you how to make balloon rockets.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to make your own balloon rockets, follow the link below. Download our activity sheet

Balloon science: Balloon car

Watch our video that explains the science behind balloon powered cars.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Activity sheet

Fancy having a go yourself? For full written instructions on how to do this activity, follow the link below. Download our activity sheet

How to make spooky oobleck

Make spooky oobleck using only simple household ingredients in our fun Halloween spooky science experiment.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision!

Everyone knows that there are three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Right? Well actually no! Oobleck is a type of material known as a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning that it is neither a liquid nor a solid, and most definitely not a gas. Unlike water, for example, which changes state due to changes in temperature, oobleck reacts to changes in pressure. If you quickly apply pressure to the oobleck by hitting or tapping it, it will feel like a solid, but if you scoop it up in your hands it will behave just like a liquid and run through your fingers. How spooky is that?

How to make frightening fake blood

Watch our video to find out how you can make frightening fake blood using only simple cupboard ingredients.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision.

How to make static electricity spectres

Help your children make static electricity spectres using only simple everyday items in our fun Halloween spooky science experiment.

Please note - this activity will require adult supervision.

Forces fun: Quick and easy DIY projects with magnets

Click on the image below to discover fun and easy marvellous magnetic projects that you can make at home.

Please note - all these activities will require adult supervision!

Four quick and easy green-fingered projects

Has our Grow investigation given you green fingers? Fancy more plant and garden-based fun?

Click on the image to discover some more fun and easy projects that you can do at home. Please note - all these activities will require adult supervision!