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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How far will a loom band stretch?
Jul20

How far will a loom band stretch?

Following on from our post about patterns and measuring with loom bands, we’ve devised a little activity to investigate what happens when you add weight to different types of loom bands. What you need: Different types of loom bands to test, we used a normal band, a fishtail and a starburst. A ruler A weight Somewhere to record your results Have a think about what you expect the results to be, which band do you think will stretch...

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Loom Band Ideas –  Patterns and Measuring
Jul15

Loom Band Ideas – Patterns and Measuring

My children have gone loom band crazy. Every morning starts with a conversation about how many bands they can take to school, and ends with them showing me their latest creations. Even my 3 year old can make them! Here at Science Sparks we like to add a bit of science fun to everything, so we brainstormed some fun learning we could do whilst making bands. Loom Band Ideas Colour recognition Making patterns How strong are the different...

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Super Sorting Pie from Learning Resources
Jul15

Super Sorting Pie from Learning Resources

We’re over the moon to be toy testers for Learning Resources, especially as we already own some of their great products like the digital timer and bucket balance and use them in a lot of our activities. We’ve always found the quality to be fantastic and the learning potential huge. The super sorting pie is already much loved by my youngest daughter. she likes to fill the compartments sorting by colour, then put the lid on...

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Great experiments for a science party
Jul11

Great experiments for a science party

Lots of people ask me about science parties and the best experiments to keep children entertained at a science party. Science Sparks is full of fun, safe and hands-on science activities, but here are some I think would work best at a kid’s birthday party. Make a Lava Lamp Lava lamps are super simple to make, and the perfect take home gift as they are completely reusable with the addition of a bit more alka seltzer. You could...

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Making and Filtering Potions
Jul08

Making and Filtering Potions

Last year we went to the Eden Project in Cornwall where they had a wonderful Room on the Broom tent full of fun witchy activities. My girls loved making potions full of brightly coloured glitter and lovely smelling herbs. Back at home my 5 year old wanted to add water to make a ‘proper potion’ but before we did that we tried some filtering to separate the herbs from the glitter. What you need Bowls Different sized sieves A...

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Top 10 Outdoor Summer Science Activities
Jun22

Top 10 Outdoor Summer Science Activities

Summer is a great time to get outdoors, play, explore and learn at the same time. We’ve got 10 brilliant outdoor summer science activities to keep you busy. Set up a zip wire outdoors or inside on a rainy day. Can you time how long it takes bigger and smaller teddy bears to get to the bottom, which do you think will be fastest? What happens if you change the incline? Set up some messy, gloop, I added a bit of lemonade kool-aid...

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15 AMAZING Candy Science Activities
Jun17

15 AMAZING Candy Science Activities

If you asked my son what his favourite all time science experiments are, he’d probably say the bottle rocket, followed by his candy house, so today we’ve got some great candy themed activities for you to try. How about building some super simple candy towers? Try this fun sorting activity using different shaped sweets/candy. Find out what makes popping candy pop? Try dissolving marshmallows in this fun activity from...

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What’s the best material for a Superhero cape?
Jun10

What’s the best material for a Superhero cape?

Every Superhero needs a cape, but which material flies best in the wind? Planning the experiment Variables Materials to make the cape with – paper/foil/cotton/fleece Size of superhero cape. How to test? Run wearing each superhero cape and record how high it flies Which factors do we need to keep constant? Size of cape Speed of running – distance ran Person testing Possible causes of errors Changes in wind Properties of a...

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Fruity Boats
Jun03

Fruity Boats

The weather has just started to warm up in the UK, so we’ve given our water table a good clean and started to think of some new games to play. What do you think of our Fruity Boats? What you need Lemons, limes, melon or anything else with a thick skin. Small sticks – we used cake pop sticks Paper to make sails Double sided tape – for the sails. Method Hollow out the fruit, I managed to cut the lemon and lime so we...

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