Crack the code to find the eggs
Apr16

Crack the code to find the eggs

I set up an Easter egg hunt every year and each time the kids find the eggs within five minutes, so this year I made it a little harder by asking the children to crack a code to tell them where the next egg would be.     I made a separate card for each egg using a different code to write the clue. Examples of Codes Replace each letter with  a number corresponding to its place in the alphabet. Reverse the Alphabet ( Z becomes...

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Weather Science – Challenge and Discover
Apr10

Weather Science – Challenge and Discover

Inspiration Laboratories and I are very excited to bring you our latest bi-monthly challenge, and this month it’s all about WEATHER SCIENCE. We’re sharing some of our favourite ideas and would love you to either give them a go or share your own activities and experiments. You could make a simple barometer and learn about Air Pressure. How about making a simple rain gauge? Don’t forget to record the results and empty...

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Fun Easter Science Experiments
Apr09

Fun Easter Science Experiments

We’ve just broken up for the Easter holidays and I have big plans for lots of fun Easter Science Experiments while everyone is off school. Here are some old favourites, new ideas from us and some great activities from other bloggers too. Egg Experiments Learn how to make an unbreakable egg. Find out how to make an egg bounce! Roll eggs down a ramp wrapped in different materials to see how they affect the speed of the egg. Can...

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Rolling Eggs
Apr07

Rolling Eggs

This fun activity kept my children occupied for hours,  we simply timed eggs rolling down our slide, then wrapped them in different materials to see if that affected their speed. Younger children will just enjoying rolling the eggs, but for older children you can spend time planning the experiment, thinking about which factors you need to keep constant and how to display your results. What you need: Egg – hard boiled might be safest...

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Fizzy, Frozen Easter Eggs
Apr04

Fizzy, Frozen Easter Eggs

Baking soda experiments are always very popular with my children, it’s such a fun reaction and can be used in lots of creative ways. We’ve made baking soda ice before, but this time I added a little twist by making the ice Easter egg shaped. We also made some without the baking soda and hid a toy lizard, which the girls had to ‘rescue’. What you need Egg shaped mould Water Food colouring Small toy Baking soda...

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Playing Detective – add some science to role play
Apr02

Playing Detective – add some science to role play

This post is all about adding a bit of science sparkle to role play, the activities should hopefully add a simulating and educational twist to an already fun game. My little boy is usually a bit reluctant to play role play games, but generally if I add in a task or some props he is much more enthusiastic. Here are just a few of our favourite ideas. Make a disguise/camouflage Where are you playing? Can you disguise yourself with some...

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Why do plants need water?
Mar25

Why do plants need water?

A few days ago we noticed that one of our little pumpkin plants on the window sill had wilted.  The soil looked dry so we watered the plant and after a few hours it was standing lovely and straight again, which got us wondering why do plants need water. Plants need water to germinate. We saw this with our bean in a jar. Water is needed to activate the process of germination, it also softens the seed making it easier for the plant to...

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20 Fun Spring Science Activities for Kids
Mar23

20 Fun Spring Science Activities for Kids

We’re very excited to be sharing 20 fantastic Spring Science Activities to try at home. As always, you don’t need any special equipment, just things you’ll either already have around the house or that you can buy easily and cheaply from a supermarket. Spring is the perfect time of year to get out in the garden and learn about weather, plants, and animals, so these form the main theme of the collection. Learning about...

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Plant Science – Learn about Flowers
Mar19

Plant Science – Learn about Flowers

My children love pottering around the garden and watching plants grow, especially those that grow food! Spring seems to have arrived so we’ve been making the most of the sunny weather and taken the opportunity to learn some plant science. We cleared out an area of the garden for the children to do some planting. We bought some already grown and some to grow from seed so we could watch the whole process. I made some sticky labels...

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Sweetie House – Making a stable structure
Mar13

Sweetie House – Making a stable structure

My 6 year old came out of school last week incredibly happy and excited as they’d spent the afternoon building sweetie houses. As soon as we got home he wrote me a shopping list of what we needed to do a similar activity at home. We talked about what we wanted to achieve and decided to split our project into 2 stages, building on the knowledge he’d gained already from school. What are the best sweets for...

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