The aim of this study was to investigate 7th grade students' views on combining the use of computer simulations and laboratory activities in science classes. A qualitative approach was used with 27 students in grade 7. The data were collected through four open-ended questions developed by the researchers and analyzed using content analysis. As a result of the analysis, the students stated that they learnt faster, and the lessons were more interesting and enjoyable compared to the previous ones. In the light of the findings we suggest that computer simulations and laboratory activities can be used as mutually complementary in science courses. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.