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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Challenge and Discover – Water Science
Aug08

Challenge and Discover – Water Science

This month, Inspiration Laboratories  and I are challenging you to create a fun water experiment. Water is pretty amazing. Did you know it is the only natural substance to exist in three physical states at temperature naturally occuring on Earth? Water covers about 70% of the surface of the Earth. Water expands when it freezes. We need water to survive. Water expands when it freezes. Water can move upwards!! Water has lots of...

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Growing Microorganisms – Dirty Potatoes
Jul31

Growing Microorganisms – Dirty Potatoes

Welcome to more Spectacular Summer Science.  Following on from our hand washing exercise last week we tried another related activity. We boiled some potatoes to destroy any microorganisms already present on the surface and then touched one of them with dirty hands leaving the other untouched. What would you expect to happen? Our hypothesis was that micro-organisms from our hands would have been transferred to the potato when we...

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Heart Rate Investigation
Jul24

Heart Rate Investigation

Our heart is a muscle which functions as a very powerful pump to transport blood around the body. It beats somewhere between 60 and 100 times a minute, but can beat even faster than that if needed. Nutrients and oxygen are transported to cells in the body and waste products taken away. The right side of the heart receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs, while the left side pumps from the lungs to the rest of the body....

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Germs and worms
Jun27

Germs and worms

Where possible I always get my children to wash their hands before eating. The bigger two have made up a song to encourage little H to wash hers properly, it goes something like this: Rub and scratch, rub and scratch Or you’ll get worms and germs worms and germs. la la la la Lovely, don’t you think? We did a very simple activity today to show how dirt and germs can spread.   The glitter is meant to represent dirt and...

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50 Kitchen Science Experiments
Apr27

50 Kitchen Science Experiments

Today we have 50 fantastic kitchen science experiments  for you. The kitchen is a great place to explore science with children. Even something as simple as melting chocolate is demonstrating science. You can make cook, bake, set up a sensory activity, create some science magic, set up lava lamps and volcanoes or even play with ice. The opportunities are endless. We have our infamous 10 egg experiments.   Especially for pre...

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Worms, worms and more worms
Apr22

Worms, worms and more worms

A few months ago I applied for some funding with Actimel so we could do a growing project in our garden. I was delighted to find out we’d been granted our wish. My idea was to try to grow enough ingredients for a whole meal for the family, whilst learning about composting, keeping pests away and generally how to grow food successfully. Actimel kindly sent us a wormery, bug catchers, magnifying glasses and a planter....

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Make your own bird feeder
Feb22

Make your own bird feeder

Did you know that this week is National Nest Box week? Winter can be a tough time for birds. Food is in shorter supply and if an icy frost creeps over, it can harden nuts and berries and make it impossible to eat them. Birds can starve to death after three days if a frost or snow continues and many rely on bird feeders as their only source of food. This is a super easy and fun way to make your own bird feeders. If you need a good...

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10 Egg Science Experiments
Feb16

10 Egg Science Experiments

Easter is just around the corner, so here are 10 egg science experiments for you. Find out how to make an unbreakable egg, this is super simple and all you need is an egg and some cling film.   How can you make an egg bounce? Find out here, be careful though it might  break if you bounce it too high,   How to make an egg shell disappear! This is like magic! Watch the shell disappear before your eyes. Just be careful not to...

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