52 Science-Themed Literacy Activities for Kids {with Printable Deck of Cards}

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52 Science-Themed Literacy Activities for Kids {with Printable Deck of Cards}

This summer, libraries across the country are celebrating science with the 2014 Collaborative Summer Library Program’s, Fizz, Boom, Read! Today, I’m sharing a printable deck of cards featuring 52 different science-themed literacy activities that will go along with this theme. Read the list of activities, then scroll down to view and print the cards for use in the library, at home, or on the go. 

  1. Sing with shaker eggs.
  2. Talk about colors.
  3. Practice describing how objects look, feel, taste, smell, and sound.
  4. Sing about today’s weather.
  5. Sing a counting song.
  6. Discuss what it would be like to visit the moon.
  7. Point out and name the animals in your neighborhood.
  8. Visit a science museum
  9. Sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
  10. Identify simple machines in your home and in your neighborhood.
  11. Read Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia to learn about tools.
  12. Read a touch-and-feel book to experience different textures.
  13. Read and follow instructions for a scientific demonstration.
  14. See how high you can count without stopping.
  15. Practice comparing and contrasting objects.
  16. Sing Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
  17. Use a dictionary to look up interesting scientific words.
  18. Read a non-fiction book about a scientific topic.
  19. Sing Old MacDonald Had a Farm.
  20. Learn to use an encyclopedia for scientific research.
  21. Use a kid-friendly website to look up a scientific subject.
  22. Learn the parts of the body in Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambeault.
  23. Read a biography of a famous scientist.
  24. Read scientific articles in the newspaper.
  25. Check out some picture books about animals by Jim Arnosky.
  26. Read the poem “Ears Hear” by Lucia and James L. Hymes, Jr.
  27. Follow a recipe to bake a special treat.
  28. Read Oh No! by Mac Barnett
  29. Read There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora.
  30. Look through a science magazine such as National Geographic Kids.
  31. Make sight words out of materials with different textures.
  32. Learn the names of different scientific fields.
  33. Make a list of questions you have about the world. Look up some of the answers..
  34. Read The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton.
  35. Keep a nature journal.
  36. Draw and color a picture of a tree.
  37. Draw a picture of a  flower garden.
  38. Draw your own robot and write a description of what it can do.
  39. Keep a dream journal.
  40. Use alphabet magnets to spell familiar words and names.
  41. Collect, sort, and label items from nature.
  42. Imitate animal sounds.
  43. Imitate animal movements.
  44. Invent something.
  45. Sing I Can Sing a Rainbow or Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
  46. Make a chart of things that float and things that sink.
  47. Turn pots and pans into musical instruments.
  48. Dig in a sandbox.
  49. Make pictures out of shapes.
  50. Play peek-a-boo.
  51. Put on a play with shadow puppets.
  52. Make patterns with LEGO blocks.

Click here to download your free deck of cards.

Images used on these cards and in this post come from mycutegraphics.com and sweetclipart.com

About Katie Fitzgerald

Katie Fitzgerald holds degrees in English and library science, and has worked in small town and big city libraries, serving both children and teens. You can read her book reviews and posts about story time, picture books, and early literacy at Story Time Secrets. Also follow her blog on Facebook for kidlit quotations, story time suggestions, and interesting links.


  1. The program title is perfect. How could you not be excited by Fizz. Boom. Read!

  2. Julianne Michaels says:

    Thanks so much! I work in Youth Services at our local library and love your work!


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