Fizzy, Frozen Easter Eggs
Apr04

Fizzy, Frozen Easter Eggs

Baking soda experiments are always very popular with my children, it’s such a fun reaction and can be used in lots of creative ways. We’ve made baking soda ice before, but this time I added a little twist by making the ice Easter egg shaped. We also made some without the baking soda and hid a toy lizard, which the girls had to ‘rescue’. What you need Egg shaped mould Water Food colouring Small toy Baking soda...

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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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20 Fun Spring Science Activities for Kids
Mar23

20 Fun Spring Science Activities for Kids

We’re very excited to be sharing 20 fantastic Spring Science Activities to try at home. As always, you don’t need any special equipment, just things you’ll either already have around the house or that you can buy easily and cheaply from a supermarket. Spring is the perfect time of year to get out in the garden and learn about weather, plants, and animals, so these form the main theme of the collection. Learning about...

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Sweetie House – Making a stable structure
Mar13

Sweetie House – Making a stable structure

My 6 year old came out of school last week incredibly happy and excited as they’d spent the afternoon building sweetie houses. As soon as we got home he wrote me a shopping list of what we needed to do a similar activity at home. We talked about what we wanted to achieve and decided to split our project into 2 stages, building on the knowledge he’d gained already from school. What are the best sweets for...

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Make a model brain
Mar02

Make a model brain

One of my favourite of Kerry’s experiments is her play doh brain, so when we found an old pack of play doh in the cupboard I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try it.  First we found out some fun facts and then set about making a model brain. Fun facts Did you know that our brains use 20% of the body’s energy, but only make up about 2% of it’s weight? Our brain is surrounded by a liquid called...

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Test Your Reaction Time
Feb05

Test Your Reaction Time

Do you think you have fast reactions? Have you ever measured your reaction time? Reaction time is the time taken for a person to respond to a stimulus. For example if you touch something very cold, there is a slight delay between you touching it and moving your hand away, because it takes time for the information to travel from your hand, to your brain where it is processed and then a response started. You can test reaction time using...

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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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10 Science Based Christmas Gifts for Kids
Dec01

10 Science Based Christmas Gifts for Kids

Are you looking for great Science kits or gifts for Christmas or Birthdays this year? These are 10 of my favourites. We love these great Test Tubes from Learning Resources, and these Jumbo Eyedroppers would be a great accompaniment.   This explorer set would be a great gift with a little notebook and pen for recording observations.   I’d love these Magformers for my little boy too. We have this marble run from HABA and is is...

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With Love At Christmas – eBook
Nov27

With Love At Christmas – eBook

If you’re a regular reader of Science Sparks, you’ll know that it was founded by me ( Emma ) and Kerry. Last year Kerry suffered a brain aneurysm and after fighting hard for 5 months, passed away in December. Kerry was a wonderful friend, wife and mother passionate about her family. As Christmas approaches Kerry has been very much in my thoughts and I wanted to do something to raise money for Addenbrookes Hospital where...

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Christmas Flowers – Transpiration Activity
Nov19

Christmas Flowers – Transpiration Activity

We’ve done a few transpiration activities before, and if you followed our Spectacular Summer Science  series you might remember I struggled to get the flowers to change colour with natural food colourings. I was so disappointed as this activity is such a great way to learn about transpiration. The lovely Lindy from Squidgyboo came to my rescue, bringing me some non natural food colouring back from America. It worked a treat!...

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