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Lilu's House - Language Skills through Experiments

Lilus Haus - Sprachförderung mit Experimenten

Why does the mirror fog up when I take a shower? Why do I see my reflection upside-down in a spoon? And why does bread dough not rise without yeast? For children, everyday life is full of questions.

Inspired by this, an international teacher team from seven countries developed specific ideas and practical advice on how to promote the basic scientific knowledge of primary school children while simultaneously training their skills in reading, writing and speaking.

Together with the fantasy creature Lilu and the girl Alina the children go on a scientific discovery tour in bathroom, living room and kitchen where they come across ‘inexplicable’ observations. For every phenomenon that occurs to them, they need to solve tasks with fun and entertaining experiments and to reflect on these verbally. The experimental units are complemented by methodological recommendations. The diverse difficulty levels of texts and tasks consider mixed-ability classes in learning and skills and help to create inclusive lessons.

The brochure is available in English and German free of charge. You can download the material below as PDF or order the printed version via

Next to the brochure you can also find worksheets or word cards ready for download as additional material.

The project was supported by the Joachim Herz Stiftung.

Special thanks to the authors of this brochure:

  • Jitka Houfková, Czech Republic
  • Majken Grünfeld, Denmark
  • Kirsi Rehunen, Finland
  • Heidrun Boll, Petra Breuer-Küppers, Jenny Schlüpmann and Mario Spies, Germany
  • Maeve Liston, Ireland
  • Monica Zanella, Italy
  • Anna Gunnarsson, Sweden
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