How to make an easy solar oven
Sep14

How to make an easy solar oven

I’ve always wanted to try a solar oven, so when the UK was unusually hot over Summer we gave it a go. How to make an easy solar oven Cardboard box – like a pizza box Aluminium foil Matte lack paper or card Clingfilm Food – not raw meat – we used marshmallows Plate Instructions Cover the inside of the box lid with foil and the bottom with matte black card. Place your food on a plate in the base of the box...

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The Infamous Coca Cola and Mento Trick
Sep11

The Infamous Coca Cola and Mento Trick

The science experiments my children talk about for months afterwards are generally the messy ones, like our splatter patterns, glow in the dark oobleck, baking soda experiments and the well known coca cola and mento trick. If you try this I’d definitely do it outside, it’s VERY messy and sticky. We dropped two Mentos into a bottle of normal Cola and Diet Cola. I used the cheapest brands available in our local supermarket....

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Design a cardboard kitchen
Sep06

Design a cardboard kitchen

Right at the beginning of Summer we designed and then constructed a cardboard kitchen. First we thought about the features we needed to include by looking at our own kitchen and considering what we thought were the most important features. An area for the hob Tall enough to stand at comfortably An area to rest plates Kitchen cloth holder Then we thought about what materials we would use Cardboard boxes Kitchen roll holder Scissors...

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Easy LEGO Filter
Sep01

Easy LEGO Filter

I’ve often wished we had a big LEGO vacuum cleaner that sucked up and sorted LEGO, our collection is very mixed up in a large box under my 7 year olds bed. So today we set about making a  LEGO filter. This is our first attempt and does need a little refining… First we looked around the house to see if we already had anything that would work as a filter, all our colanders and sieves were too small, so we used a cardboard...

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10 fun loom band activity ideas
Aug28

10 fun loom band activity ideas

Our house is still loom band crazy, and although bracelets are still a big favourite, we’ve tried to be a little more adventurous this Summer. These are our 10 favourite loom band activity ideas. How about practising measuring with loom bands? We love this LEGO loom band Geoboard idea from Here Come the Girls. Can you investigate how to make super bouncy loom band bouncy balls? We love these skateboards from Frugal Fun for Boys,...

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Goldie Blox Review and Competition
Aug27

Goldie Blox Review and Competition

My girls have grown up in a house full of LEGO, Brio, K’nex thanks to an older brother and a LEGO loving Mother, so I’ve never been in a situation where they haven’t wanted to play with construction toys. They pretty much build with anything they can get their hands on. However, I know lots of their friends who without the influence of an older brother have very little interest in what are generally considered...

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Printing Patterns with LEGO
Aug26

Printing Patterns with LEGO

I can’t believe our Summer of LEGO series with Twinkl is almost over already, but before school starts again I’ve got a couple of super simple ideas for you, starting with printing patterns with LEGO. We did this outside to contain the mess and so we could use a big tray. You could print with LEGO people, normal bricks or DUPLO bricks and make patterns or pictures as simple or complicated as you like. We started with quite...

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Inside Out™ Lenticular Human Body Poster
Aug19

Inside Out™ Lenticular Human Body Poster

Here at Science Sparks we love learning about our body and how amazing it is, which is why we have found this Inside Out™ Lenticular Human Body Poster completely fascinating. It’s currently hanging on the side of some shelves in our study and even after owning it for a few months now, I still do a double take every time I walk past. This is my 4 year old holding it, so you can see it’s quite big measuring 67cm W x 47cm H....

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Balloon Powered LEGO Car
Aug18

Balloon Powered LEGO Car

Continuing with our Summer of LEGO, today we’re sharing this fun balloon powered LEGO car. We added a section on the back of a LEGO car to hold a balloon, blew up the balloon and then watched  the car zoom along as the air came out of the balloon. We need to spend a bit more time perfecting our design, but this was a good start and gave us lots of ideas going forward. Do you think it would work better with a bigger or smaller...

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How to build a stable LEGO Bridge
Aug14

How to build a stable LEGO Bridge

Are you ready for our 6th LEGO activity for the summer? We made several bridges and devised a way to test how stable they were. First we discussed how to test each bridge, we tried adding weights to the top, but they just fell off rather than breaking the bridge. We tried hanging weights from the bridge, but again they fell off. So we decided to roll a ball towards the bridge to see if it fell over. Things to consider The more force...

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