Incidental Science Blog #5

Our world is constantly changing and evolving, it’s full of fascinating questions, some that have been answered but so many more that haven’t (yet!). Integrating quiz questions into physical activities is a wonderful way of making learning about our world both fun and educational.



‘Globe Throw’ is a game that involves two or more players. The first person holds the inflatable globe and asks another player a question about the Earth, if they get it right then the first person throws it to the second and so on. If they get it incorrect then another child gets a turn at answering. If the children don’t have any questions off the tops of their heads then you can all write some down beforehand or use the list I’ve provided below.



The great thing about this game is that it can be played with children of different ages – the questions just have to be altered to the child’s knowledge level.



  • What is magma? (A hot liquid rock, under the surface of the Earth)
  • What is it called when a tectonic plate moves on the Earth? (An earthquake)
  • What is the world’s largest desert? (The Sahara)
  • What is the world’s longest river? (The Nile River)
  • Does the rock pumice, sink or float? (It’s the only rock on Earth that floats!)
  • What shape is the Earth? (A sphere)
  • Which star does the Earth orbit? (The Sun)
  • What is Mount Everest? (The highest mountain on Earth)
  • Who was the first person to climb Mount Everest? (New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepali Sherpa climber from Darjeeling, India)
  • If an earthquake happens out at sea, what can it cause? (A Tsunami)
  • Where does the word ‘Tsunami’ come from? (Japan, where they have had many Tsunamis)
  • How old do Scientists think the Earth is? (between 4 and 5 billion years old)
  • What is the Amazon Rainforest? (The largest tropical rainforest on Earth)




You and your kids can add more questions to this list as need be – remember to talk about the questions and answers with them. If they have questions you don’t know the answers to, then you could write them down so you can all research them online afterwards.



This game can be played with a ball or an inflatable globe – the globe is a fantastic learning tool because you can show them some of the answers and find different countries. The questions could even lead into geography topics, finding where New Zealand is on the globe etc.



We sell affordable inflatable globes at our Science Shop, either online or in-store.



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Geni McCallum is the Marketing Manager and Community Educator for Science Alive! She lives in Christchurch with her partner, step-daughter and cat. 


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