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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Loom band bouncy balls
Aug13

Loom band bouncy balls

My children are all loom band crazy, so this week I set them a challenge. I made two loom band bouncy balls using this tutorial on Loom Love, One with 17 loom bands inside and one with just 10. I then asked the kids to work out which had the most bands in. This was great practice for designing an experiment and for starting to think about which variables to keep constant and which to change. They decided that the ball with the most...

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Sink or float with LEGO
Aug11

Sink or float with LEGO

Our fourth LEGO science post for the summer is super simple and great fun for kids of all ages. All you need to do is collect different bits of LEGO, design a table to show your results and try and hypothesise which will float and which will sink. Test your LEGO and see if you were right.   Everything we tested floated, is this the case for your LEGO? What happens if you push a piece under the water a little bit. Does it shoot...

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Mini Chemistry Lab Exploration Station
Aug09

Mini Chemistry Lab Exploration Station

Sometimes I forget that my youngest child hasn’t necessarily taken part in basic experiments I did with the older children years ago, so when we had a bit of quiet time last week, I set up a simple science exploration station for her and she loved it. What you need Baking soda ( Bicarbonate of Soda ) Food colouring Jars Water Vinegar Milk Oil Water Tray Pipette Vegetable oil Beakers We tried three super simple experiments, all...

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How to make a LEGO Maze
Aug07

How to make a LEGO Maze

The third activity in our Summer of LEGO series with Twinkl is making a LEGO maze. We didn’t really plan ours, but you could use this printable from Twinkl to plan and then assess afterwards which features worked the best. Things to think about How wide does the path need to be? Will you use any obstacles? What about ramps? Is there anything you could add to make the journey through the maze smoother? What do you think of our...

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LEGO Parachute Experiment
Aug04

LEGO Parachute Experiment

The second in our series of LEGO based posts in association with Twinkl is this fun parachute experiment. Can you design a parachute to slow the fall of a LEGO man? What you need Carrier bag, paper, material etc for your parachute A LEGO man String or something else to fasten your man to the parachute Timer Method Design and build your parachute. What do you need to think about? Would a larger parachute work better than a smaller...

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How to make a LEGO Catapult
Jul30

How to make a LEGO Catapult

We love LEGO here at Science Sparks and are thrilled to be collaborating on a series of LEGO based posts this Summer with the rather lovely Twinkl Resources. We’ll be providing you with step by step instructions for super fun LEGO Science ideas while Twinkl have kindly created printables for each activity. How to make a LEGO Catapult First think about how to build your catapult, what features does it need to have? You could use...

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How to cool a drink quickly
Jul23

How to cool a drink quickly

The UK is in the middle of a heatwave at the moment, which is great, but also means we need a lot of cold drinks to keep the kids cool. This fun experiment is brilliant for cooling drinks quickly and learning at the same time. How to cool a drink quickly What you need: A metal bowl Water Ice Drink is a glass bottle Salt Method Half fill the bowl with water and ice. Place the drink in the ice. Add a handful to salt to the water and...

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