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Smudge's Early Science

Science Activities for Early Years Children (4 years+)

Smudge's Early Science introduces the basic concepts of science to children aged 4 years and above. Each activity has been created by looking at the requirements listed in different curricular

Activites include helping children to:

  • Name Parts of Animals and Plants;
  • Pairing to get to know the names of animals and parts of the body;
  • Sorting to classifying animals and plants into different groups; and
  • Life Stages covering several animals, plants and humans.

The software is designed to be used online, within a browser (such as Internet Explorer) and may be used on a desktop, laptop or tablet.

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We have a brand new blog, which we plan to include posts to compliment the activities, about science, STEM and coding. Our first post has been about how children celebrate Christmas in different parts of the world.

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Animals and Plants

About Animals

Abaut Animals allows children to get to know different types of animals, by: sorting items into different categories (Animal or Plant and Type of Animals); or by matching together two set of cards (Young Animals, Animal Sounds and Creatures with Wings). Click to play.
User Guide and Support Materials

Life Stages

This activity will help children understand the different stages that humans and animals (frogs, butterflies and chicken) go through by placing pictures in order. Once the stages are placed, children can read or hear more information about each stage. Click to play.
User Guide and Support Materials

Life Stages
Food Chains and Food Webs

Children can explore different food chains and food webs, in five different ecosystems, by placing pictures of animals in order. Once an images is placed, children can read more information about each animal. Click to play.
User Guide and Support Materials

Naming Parts of Plants and Animals

To become familiar with the main parts of plants and animals, children drag the component parts and labels onto a picture. The activity covers a flower, a tree, a wilted flower, a horse (animal) and a butterfly (insect). Once labels are placed, children can read or hear more information Click to play.
User Guide and Support Materials

Parts of the body
Seeds to Plants

A simulation about growing sunflowers from seeds into large plants by choosing the weather to have on each day. Too much sun causes the plants to wilt, too much snow will cause plants to die from the cold. Click to play.
User Guide and Support Materials

Seeds to plants

Properties of Materials


Materials allows children to test the properties of different types of materials found in everyday life using a Robot version of Smudge to smash, bend, stretch or scratch! Children will be able to compare the everyday materials, and classify them, based on their physical properties. Click to play.
User Guide and Support Materials

Properties of Materials

About Sound

Musical Bottles

Children experiment and can hear the sound created by bottles change as the bottles are filled with water or emptied. A tune can be played out, which can be recorded and played back! Click to play.

Musical bottles


Smudge's Guide to Spelling

This comprehensive guide covers topics such as long and short vowels, magic e, prefixes, suffixes, plurals and homophones. It was originally part of the support materials to Smudge Spells. Click to read.

Smudge's Guide to Spelling


Everyday Life in Roman Times

A resource for children studing the Romans (at Key Stage 2 in England) covering different aspects of Roman life, including a timeline, maps, food, work and schooling. Click to read.

Everyday Life in Roman Times

Just for Fun!

Easter Wordsearch

Wordsearches are fun to play and have an educational value too! This simple activity has an Easter theme, and can have different sized grids, diagonal and reverse words. It can even be played in Spanish. Click to play.

Easter Wordsearch
Christmas Wordsearch

The Christmas version of the word search is popular all year round! This fun and festive activity has optional snow, and Santa flying past when all the words have been found. It can be used in Spanish too, ideal for getting to know Christmas words. Click to play.

Christmas Wordsearch

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