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Hot Spoons

In this physics activity (page 2 of the PDF), learners will explore the concept of thermal conductivity and learn the differences between high and low thermal conductivity. This activity must be done under adult supervision. This activity was created as a pre-visit for a traveling science show, but makes a great stand-alone activity as well!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Wooden Spoon
  • Metal Spoon
  • Plastic spoon
  • Bowl of water
  • Butter
  • 3 marbles
  • Heat source (hot plate or stove)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat Transfer
      • Thermodynamics and Entropy
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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