Candy Science – Building Towers with Sweets
Jun01

Candy Science – Building Towers with Sweets

We do a lot of building with LEGO, blocks and boxes and recently build a whole house from fudge, icing sugar and chocolate after testing different foodstuffs for the best cement ( icing sugar won ). Today, our candy science activity was much more simple, but huge amounts of fun, as most activities involving sweets are. I chose liquorice allsorts because the shapes of some of the sweets are fantastic for building. I gave the children a...

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15 Fun ideas for Science with LEGO
May14

15 Fun ideas for Science with LEGO

Here at Science Sparks we love LEGO. My children play with LEGO or DUPLO everyday and it’s been fantastic for helping them develop fine motor control, logic skills and for learning to read and understand instructions. We use LEGO for building, making up imaginative stories and of course for experiments and investigations. These are some of our favourite ideas for Science with LEGO. Learn about bar charts using some sweets and...

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Scooter Science – Which rolls the furthest?
May07

Scooter Science – Which rolls the furthest?

We scoot to school everyday on the school run. Our journey takes us along a lovely tree lined tarmac path, uphill on the way to school and downhill on the way back.  Over the last few months the kids have made lots of observations about the ease ( or difficulty ) of scooting without realising the science behind it. For example: Scooting uphill is slower and hurts our legs more than scooting downhill. When the path has is clear of...

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Challenge from National Geographic
May01

Challenge from National Geographic

I spotted this brilliant challenge from National Geographic yesterday. My 7 year old was desperate to give it a go, even with the short timescale and I think he did a pretty good job. We sat down together and discussed the design process, which is quite similar to how he has planned projects in the past at school. Challenge To keep a camera safe from the jaws and paws of animals. Zak first brainstormed his ideas and I wrote them down...

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Inspiration from Outspiration
Apr28

Inspiration from Outspiration

Outspiration is a brand new mobile application from AkzoNobel for the Apple iPhone. The aim of the app is to motivate and inspire you to make the most of your outdoor space, by helping you get past obstacles such as the weather and worries about a lack of DIY knowledge. Features of the Outspiration app. Visualiser The app allows you to visualise different colours on your furniture or walls, allowing you to try colours without buying...

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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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