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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Challenge and Discover – June
Jun13

Challenge and Discover – June

Trisha and I were really pleased to see so many people link up to our Kitchen Science Challenge last month, thank you to everyone who joined in. You can see all the posts on our Pinterest board here. This month we have something that we hope will be even more fun. We would like you to make some kind of vehicle. It can be anything, but we’d like it to be able to move either with a simple push or by a more complex mechanism. For...

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Is your arm span equal to your height?
May21

Is your arm span equal to your height?

Did you know arm span ( or reach ) is approximately equal to height? We tested this out against a wall using chalk to mark reach and then standing next to the wall to see if it matched height. You should measure from finger tip to finger tip and not have a flat hand as in this photo.     We found my 6 year old’s arm span did equal his height and my 4 year old was a little taller than hers. Ape index is the ratio of arm...

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How does your garden grow?
May07

How does your garden grow?

The weather has finally warmed up and our garden is blooming. As part of our challenge with Actimel we are trying to grow a whole meal in the garden, learning along the way. Z has been learning about plants at school so was very keen to tell his sisters and I about the purpose of the roots, which we could see beautifully when we removed the beans from the pot.   We rehoused the peas and beans into our planters from last year,...

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Sound Science Experiments – Sound Absorption and Reflection
May07

Sound Science Experiments – Sound Absorption and Reflection

Today, I am very excited and honoured to have the lovely Maggy Woodley guest posting for us. Maggy, of course blogs at Red Ted Art and Life at the Zoo. She has also been doing some great Science Hangouts lately over on G+. Today Maggy has a great sound science experiments to show us. Hello! Lovely to be visiting Science Sparks again. I think Science Sparks is doing AMAZING things in getting families and bloggers into Science. EVERYONE...

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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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