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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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 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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