Food Can Science
Learning more about materials by studying food containers
The Lessons: An Overview
Aim: For children to learn more about the properties of materials and
that these properties are useful. To help devise a test for one of
the properties and to learn which materials are renewable and which are
Age Group: Year 3 / 4 (The activities could be differentiated for
QCA Science Unit 3C – ‘Materials and their characteristics’.
Education for Sustainable Development
A puzzle activity in which children identify some of the properties
in containers that prevent micro-organisms from spoiling food.
This lesson goes through the process of devising and evaluating
a test, i.e. which food container is the strongest?
A sorting activity in which children organise materials by
source into those which are finite and those which are