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Continent Studies: Antarctica – Experiments in the Snow

If you read yesterday's post you will know that we created an Antarctica Research Lab, in which the girls had a lot of fun doing some free play experimentation: As much fun as they had, free play wasn't the only thing I had in mind for our laboratory.  Oh no, when snow falls one must…

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Polymer Play at Angelicscalliwags

In my quest to organise my blog, I am gathering all related posts into one post to make them easier to find. This post includes all the science I have done with my little ones with any kind of polymer.   Polymer Play : Making Goop Polymer Play : Making Bouncy Balls Polymer Play :…

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Fizzy Fun at Angelicscalliwags

In my quest to organise my blog, I am gathering all related posts into one post to make them easier to find.  This post includes all the science I have done with my little ones with bicarbonate and vinegar and anything else which results in a fizz. Testing out the equipment Fizzy Fun : Experiments with…

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Polymer Play: Making Plastic

I got the idea of making plastic from one of the Leonardo Da Vinci books.  He was said to have been the inventor of plastic and whilst this is obviously not like the plastic we know and love now, I thought it would be a fun activity for my littles to do.  I am grateful that…

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Fizzy Fun: Elephant Toothpaste

This was inspired by Lucinda's excellent post.  I wanted to do it for two reasons.  The first was for its fizzy fun factor!  It was a perfect addition to our Fizzy Fun science.  The second was for the older children to see it happen and for them to design their own experiments using this catalytic reaction…

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Fizzy Fun: Exploding Baggies

What we gathered per turn: One small zip-lock bag for exploding Bicarbonate of soda (3 teaspoons) Warm water (1/4 cup) Vinegar (1/2 cup) Measuring cup A tissue for making bicarb time release packets What we did: The first thing we did was make up our little parcels of bicarbonate of soda by placing 3 teaspoons…

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Young Scientists at Play: Polymer Play – Making Snow

Did you know that up market nappies contain polymer balls?  They exploit the water absorbing qualities in order to absorb urine.  These are made from a similar polymer to water beads and are the chemical that is used to make fake snow.  This polymer is also used for its  water absorbing properties in gel flood bags to contain a flow of water.…

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Young Scientists at Play: Polymer Play with Water Beads

Continuing our fun with polymers, I thought I would introduce the little ones to a very different type of polymer - the water bead.  These are basically polymers which when in their dried state will absorb copious amounts of water and swell from the size of a tiny bead to the size of a marble.  I…

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Young Explorers at Play: Polymer Play – Discovering Polymer Properties

Thank you for all your well wishes yesterday.  The girls are on the mend!  They were well enough yesterday to get out our pink slime with the purpose of discovering it's rather unusual properties. I popped a few tools onto the table with the slime and let them explore: Ah, the joy of slime, I mean polymer, play!

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Young Scientists at Play: Polymer Play – Making Slime

My two little girls aren't very well this week, so we abandoned BFIAR and I let them lollop and cuddle all week long!  This is an activity we did in our science on Monday morning before illness struck. As always, much fun (and mess) was had! After the utter joy of bouncy ball making, I…

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Young People at Play

Each morning the little ones have a one hour themed session.  In science they made their own yellow ball from Borax and glue; in art they made some sand pictures; in their explorers class they discovered the joys of a beachy sensory box; during their time as inventors they made a beach in a bottle and…

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Young Scientists at Play: Making Paints and Goop

Sunday night I made up some base for the paints I want my little scientists to make tomorrow to use in their 'Artists at Play' hour on Tuesday.  Basically paint is thickened colour so I mixed some water, with thickener (flour) and ended up with a white base: I made it a little thicker than…

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Young Scientists at Play: Coloured Balls of Fizz

This week was our final week playing with Bicarb and vinegar.  Next week we'll be having fun with home made paint.  A few days ago I made some Bicarb balls.  I didn't follow any recipe, simply added food colouring to water and added the water sparingly to the Bicarb until I was able to create a ball.  I…

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Young Scientists at Play: Concoction Lab

This week during our hour of Young Scientists at Play I created a concoctions lab, enlisting the help of one of my twins: I made up a tray full of bits and pieces from the kitchen: And then we let the fun begin!  We are always as hands off as possible during preschool science.  This…

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Young Scientists at Play: Colour and Fizz

After we arrived back from our pond study this morning, the older girls kindly offered to cook up a storm in the kitchen for lunch whilst T11 and I got down to the business of setting up the science nook.  This week I had planned to let the littles discover what happens when vinegar is…

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