Simple Science – learning about forces
Jan09

Simple Science – learning about forces

Today we’ve been trying to learn about forces. Pushes and pulls are examples of forces. When we push or pull something it moves. Can you push a toy car softly? What happens? Does it move further if you push harder? Can you think of things you push and things you pull? Are there things you can push and pull? We drew a simple table with our ideas and then put them into a Venn diagram. The area in the middle where the circles...

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Jumping Frogs
Jan02

Jumping Frogs

Have you ever had a static shock from a shopping trolley or an escalator? The shock is because of static electricity which can cause materials to attract or repel each other. A fun way to demonstrate static electricity is by making jumping frogs. Equipment Balloon Paper, cut into shapes. We used sugar paper, but tissue paper would also work brilliantly. Woolly jumper or hair Method Cut up your different types of paper into frog shapes...

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All you need for Science at Home
Dec01

All you need for Science at Home

As well as trying to make science fun, I also try to make most of our activities accessible to everyone by only using equipment you already have at home. I’ve bought funnels, measuring cylinders and magnets, but not much else. Science at home is such a great way to get all the family involved in exciting activities and you can all learn together. I often find that one activity leads to another as the children ask more and more...

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Learn about your body
Nov26

Learn about your body

My two little girls love Doc McStuffins, do you watch her on the TV? Thanks to Doc they have suddenly become very interested in playing doctors and learning about their body. With that in mind we’ve revisited some of our old posts all about the body and staying healthy. Here are our favourite activities for learning about the body. For Preschoolers If you have a big piece of paper or cardboard, get the children to draw around...

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Autumn Estimating Jars
Oct30

Autumn Estimating Jars

I LOVE Autumn. Z loves going exploring and numbers, so today we combined all three to make a fun maths activity for kids. We set off exploring in the woods, collecting leaves, pinecones and chestnuts as we travelled. Once back home we laid all our ‘treasure’ out to dry and came back to them the next day. What you need A collection of leaves, pinecones, acorns or anything else you can count. Different sized jars. Method...

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Candy sorting
Aug19

Candy sorting

In the UK we have some chocolate covered sweets called Revels. Inside each bag are different flavoured chocolates, maltesers, plain chocolate, coffee flavour, orange flavour, toffee and chocolate covered raisins. They seemed like the perfect thing to use for a sorting activity. I set the children the task of sorting them into the different flavours without eating them. We talked about the different ways we could tell the difference...

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Mini Magnet Maze
Aug15

Mini Magnet Maze

We have a little magnet set that we play with frequently, the magnets in the cars repel each other and the children are always so surprised that they can feel the force pushing the cars apart. To try and explain magnetism, we did a fun little activity. First we had a play to see which type of objects a big magnet stuck to, once we’d decided metals were the key, we made some predictions about other objects and then tested them....

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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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Make your own slushy drinks – ice experiments
Aug02

Make your own slushy drinks – ice experiments

I can’t believe we are already at the end of week two of Spectacular Summer Science. The UK has been very hot recently, so we had another go at making slushy drinks, a great ice experiment,  to cool down with. There are lots of possibilities with this activity, you could: Set up two or three glasses with the same number of ice cubes and place them in different places to see which melts first. How about seeing what colours you...

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10 fun science activities for hot days
Jul10

10 fun science activities for hot days

The UK is hot, hot, hot at the moment, so today I’m sharing some fun and cooling summer science for hot days. My favourite is exploring melting and mixing of colours by making slushy drinks with fruity ice. Or you could freeze water in a balloon, and see what happens… Can you make some lovely summery ice? Or, how about making some ice cubes and finding out where they melt the fastest.   If you have a paddling pool why...

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