20 Autumnal and Fall Science Activities
Oct31

20 Autumnal and Fall Science Activities

Here are my favourite ideas for Autumn and Fall Science activities. I’ve been really inspired this year to think of seasonal activities for the kids, here are some of my favourite Autumn ideas, all with a Science twist. Exploring changes of state with toffee apples and treacle toffee.   Lovely ice play ideas Apple bobbing Exploring pumpkins Make some leaf rubbings and think about different textures, a lovely idea from Red...

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Autumn goo
Oct31

Autumn goo

You know how much I love goo ( or gloop ), so when we collected lots of pinecones, sticks and leaves yesterday, I couldn’t resist making goo with an Autumnal feel. Little H helped me make it this time. We didn’t measure it out, just added water slowly. She loved the sticky feel of it and kept letting the goo run down from her fingers. As always the DUPLO people got involved and very messy with us. This is such a great...

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Apple bobbing
Oct29

Apple bobbing

Apple bobbing is a traditional Halloween/Autumn game, with some science behind it. We used a small clean bowl filled to near the top with water, I removed the stalk so it didn’t poke anyone in the face, and asked the children to try to get the apple with their teeth. The first time everyone tried they pushed the apple down when trying to bite it, and then it bobbed up again to the surface. My 4 year old cheated and held it to...

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JAWBones and Octons
Oct29

JAWBones and Octons

The toys we play with the most in our house are the construction toys, so there was much excitement when GALT sent us some Octons and JAWBones to test out. I’d never come across JAWBones before, but Z, who is 5, loved them as soon as he saw them. The 100pc set is enough to build a whole host of different models, the possibilities are endless. The set comes with plenty of ideas which Z found easy to copy from the instructions,...

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Win with LeapFrog
Oct29

Win with LeapFrog

We love LeapFrog products, my 5 year old  is especially loving his LeapFrog Tag and map of the world at the moment, and my four year old is making great progress with writing numbers thanks to the ‘Count and Draw’. I’m very excited to have some fantastic LeapFrog products to give away this half term. I have one prize of a Leapster Explorer for the first winner drawn. The second winner drawn will win a Lettersaurus...

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Why do we have a nose? and a real example of science at work.
Oct26

Why do we have a nose? and a real example of science at work.

What do you think the nose is used for? We use our nose: To smell – did you know that the olfactory organ helps us smell odours? To breathe – did you know that 15,000 litres of air are filtered every day. To speak – the nose forms a resonating cavity for the voice and amplifies and makes sounds audible. When we breathe the nose performs a crucial role as it filters, moistens and warms the air we inhale. There are...

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Treacle Toffee
Oct26

Treacle Toffee

I love treacle toffee, it always reminds me of bonfire nights where we’d go out wrapped up warm in hats and scarves with everything smelling a bit smoky. This treacle toffee recipe is a great way to explore changes of state, as you have to melt the sugar first and then leave it harden. Ingredients  500g brown sugar 150ml water 1/4 tsp cream of tartar 75g butter 100g black treacle 100g golden syrup Instructions Place the sugar...

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Fun with pumpkins
Oct22

Fun with pumpkins

Today we set about exploring some lovely pumpkins from a local farm. I gave the children 2 medium sized pumpkins and asked them to feel them and think about which was the heaviest. After they guessed, we weighed the pumpkins to see if they were correct, and they were. We then measured the pumpkins around the middle and Z measured his own waist, wrist and head. The heaviest pumpkin had the largest circumference. I opened up the pumpkin...

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Fun with shadows
Oct19

Fun with shadows

Shadows are formed when light cannot pass through an object. As light moves in a straight line, shadows are the same shape as the object making the shadow. To demonstrate this you can make shadow puppets. What you need card scissors straws or lolly sticks tape torch or light Pens What to do: Draw some shapes onto some cardboard, and cut them out. Attach the shape to a lollypop stick or straw. Decorate if you wish. We made a butterfly...

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Salty dog
Oct19

Salty dog

Have you heard about Salty Dog Snacks? Not only do they make great hand cooked crisps, but nuts and popcorn too. I’m not normally a fan of nuts, but the salted cashews are amazing and the chilli peanuts great for munching on with friends. My husband likes his nuts simple and preferred the salted peanuts, but I loved the dry roasted ones too. However my absolute favourite flavour is the honey roasted peanuts, they are delicious!...

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