Messy Science

Tom Donoghue leads the Messy Church team at Loughton Methodist Church in north-east London. He kindly came to help at one our Messy Church Does Science road shows this year and was so inspired that he ran a holiday club in the summer based on the book! Here in his own words is what they got up to: Our Messy Science Convention was an action-packed week! The children (delegates) met special guest ‘expert scientists’ and biblical characters, who of whom were all here to help us test our hypothesis ‘Does God keep his promises?’

Hidden Figures

As part of our Messy Church Does Science project, we're shining a light on famous scientists who were also Christians. For those of you who haven't seen the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, it follows three black women working at NASA at a time when segregation still existed in US culture. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were essential

Messy Church Does Science: Free and extra activities

We have made 13 activities from Messy Church Does Science available to download for free, some of which are not included in the book itself. Click here to download all 13 activities. If you would like to download individual activities, please click below:

Messy Church Does Science: Take-home ideas

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Floating and sinking eggs from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 1)

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Tornado in a bottle from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 1)

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Wave machine from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 1)

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Cartesian diver from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 1)

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Refraction of light from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 1)

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Moulded plasticine from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 1)

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Making music from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 1)

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Stardust from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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The blue planet from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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Rock around from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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Day and night from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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Spoon science from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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Solar system from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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Pleiades from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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Always moving and all ways moving from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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EXTRA Dinosaur hunt from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 2)

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Invisible air pressure from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 3)

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Air resistance and asking questions from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 3)

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Paper planes from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 3)

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Acoustics from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 3)

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Air resistance and Cayley cones from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 3)

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Wind, seed dispersal and autogyros from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 3)

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Measuring our breathing from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 3)

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Measuring wind direction from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 3)

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Light and shadow from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Spectroscope from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Red sky at night from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Chromatography from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Paint mixing from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Acids and alkalis from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Linear optics from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Flame tests from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Fluorescence, iridescence and luminescence from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Young's double slit from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 4)

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Heart: pump it up from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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Brain: it's mind-blowing from Messy Church Does Science (chapter 5)

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Hearing from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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Taste and see from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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Get in touch from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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Body unity from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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Blind spots from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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DNA extraction from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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Messy fingerprints from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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Dem bones from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 5)

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Tree rings from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Fruit batteries from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Growing babies best from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Starch testing from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Leaf rubbing from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Camouflage from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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All you need in a seed from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Yeast from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Potato osmosis from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Survey the churchyard from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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EXTRA Burning food from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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EXTRA Seaweeds from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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EXTRA Smells from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 6)

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Evolution: the great adventure of life from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 7)

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Dinosaurs: God's grandeur from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 7)

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Feed the birds from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 7)

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Bees from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 7)

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Watching birds from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 7)

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Nestboxes for birds from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 7)

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Make a milk carton car from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 8)

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Water power from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 8)

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Balloon rocket from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 8)

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Speedboat matchsticks from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 8)

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Bottle rocket from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 8)

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Penny battery from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 8)

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Greenhouse effect from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 8)

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Cornflour gloop from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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Mentos geyser from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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Bicarbonate fizz from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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Cleaning pennies from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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Elephant's toothpaste from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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Wind-up racer from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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Types of invisible ink from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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Slime from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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EXTRA Meringues from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 9)

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Barton's pendulum from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 10)

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Sand timers from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 10)

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Measuring direction: a water compass from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 10)

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Measuring temperature: a water thermometer from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 10)

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Weighing air from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 10)

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How fast are you? from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 10)

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Light speed from Messy Church Does Science (Chapter 10)

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Messy Church Does Science at Cheltenham

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