Sudsy Lemon Science

Sudsy Lemon Science

Dec 5, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet Here’s a fun activity with a dash of ‘science magic’ that children can perform with your help, using basic materials found in the kitchen. You will need: Empty plastic cups Fresh lemons, sliced into quarters 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons washing up liquid Measuring spoon Plastic spoon or straw for stirring Wet and [...]

Rainbow in a Jar

Rainbow in a Jar

Dec 3, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet Another one that could hardly be simpler, but is also very good science and in this particular version makes a display of wonderful colours. You will need: Blue washing up liquid Corn Syrup Blue and Red food colouring Olive Oil Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol – available from the chemist) Plus… a spoon measuring cup [...]

Recycled Paper Seedling Pots

Recycled Paper Seedling Pots

Oct 22, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet It’s easy to forget that making paper consumes trees and energy. These recycled paper-pots are not only fun to make, but they give new life to old catalogues and newspapers – reducing waste and helping the earth. Grow a seed in your new eco-pot, then, when it’s time, plant the seedling – pot and [...]

Spiral Sensation

Spiral Sensation

Sep 20, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet If your children are curious about how the weather works, or even if you just want to talk about how warm air rises, this experiment is a great place to start. This easy-to-create demonstration shows how upward movement of warm air creates wind. You Will Need: Paper Pencil Drawing Pin Scissors Thread Clothes hanger [...]

Super Cool Bag

Super Cool Bag

Aug 31, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet Watch a zip lock bag blow up and become super-cold from a chemical reaction… You’ll love this one! You Will Need: Citric Acid, Baking Soda, Tap Water, Zip lock bag (15cm x 10cm), Measuring cup, Plastic spoons, Teaspoon Perform this experiment over a kitchen sink! There is a small chance the zip lock bag [...]

A Very Simple Rainbow for a Sunny Day

A Very Simple Rainbow for a Sunny Day

Aug 12, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet There are lots of ways to make the spectrum colours appear. Here is a really simple one. You will need Water A sunny day! A white wall A small mirror A shallow dish   Instructions Put some water in a shallow dish. Prop up a small mirror in the water at an angle. Place [...]

‘Weather’ It Rains or Not

‘Weather’ It Rains or Not

Aug 9, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet Let’s have a little science fun with the weather and make a rain gauge. We can learn about the clouds and how rain forms, then measure the amount of rainfall. The making part of this one involves cutting which an adult should do but the kids can join in with the rest. You will [...]

Steel Wool Combustion!

Steel Wool Combustion!

Jul 17, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet In this experiment we will make fire from a battery and steel wool. We will demonstrate how to use electricity to make heat and sparks. Then harness the sparks to create a fire. The project is easy and definitely fun to see, and is best tried outside in a sheltered spot with adult supervision. [...]

Sweetography

Sweetography

May 16, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet We’ve un-mixed colours before using chromotography – but this time we are using sweets to discover the extra colours! You will need: Smarties, M&M’s or Skittles (1 of each colour) Coffee filters Atall glass Water Table salt A pencil Scissors A ruler 6 toothpicks Aluminum foil An empty 2 litre bottle with cap   [...]

An Absorbing Experiment – in more ways than one!

An Absorbing Experiment – in more ways than one!

Mar 19, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet This simple, but effective, absorption experiment will intrigue the kids and have them asking why and how? You will need: masking tape narrow glass jar water paper towels marker pen   Instructions Stick a piece of masking tape lengthwise down the side of your jar. Fill it with water. Mark the level of water [...]