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Great Object Hunt: Materials (KS2)

  • Overview
  • Using this activity
  • Learning outcomes
  • Curriculum links

Find something that you think is strong… Find something made from plastic… Students explore the galleries and work together to choose an object for each challenge. This activity is designed to encourage discussion about how science and technology have shaped our lives.

Recommended galleries: Making the Modern World and Challenge of Materials

Download the Great Object Hunt: Materials (KS2) (pdf).

What to Do 

Time: 30-40 minutes

Groups: 3-4 students

You will need: an activity sheet and pen or camera per group

1. Tell students to explore the gallery and choose a different object for each challenge. They will need to work together and discuss their selection as a team.

2. If you have cameras, ask students to photograph or make a short film clip of their chosen object.

3. Allow 30 minutes to complete as many challenges as possible.

4. Ask each group to share what objects they have chosen and why.

Talking it further

  • Combine the clips from each group’s camera, add some music and show the films back in class.
  • Get students to do an object hunt at home or in their local area.
  • Use photos of object in your teaching to highlight the applications of science.

Using this activity in the Science Museum will help students to:

  • Make links between museum objects, curriculum science and their everyday lives
  • Develop observation and communication skills.

This activity supports the teaching of Science with students aged 7-11. Topic: Everyday materials, their properties and uses.