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Leaning fire Activity

by David, 1 November 2018 | 2 comments

Image of a tealight in a small glass jar.

Water in a cup sloshes around if you don’t move it carefully. What about fire? Let’s find out! Safety: This activity involves fire, so ask an adult to help. Don’t do this activity during a fire ban. First aid: If you burn yourself, blow out the candle and run the burn under cold water for…

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Gravity well Activity

by David, 11 October 2018 | 0 comments

A hand placing a larger pink ball onto a piece of blue fabric which already has a small black ball on it.

Have you ever wanted to experiment with the orbits of moons and planets? Time to make a gravity simulator!

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Make a watermark Activity

by David, 4 October 2018 | 0 comments

If you want to write a secret message, we’ve got a simple technique for you to try. Time to work on your watermark!

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An annoying thing! Activity

by David, 20 September 2018 | 0 comments

A wire and rubber band contraption that is being wound up.

Do you like to prank your friends and family? Give this little contraption a go. It’s the perfect thing to make someone jump, without causing any harm.

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A simple siphon Activity

by David, 6 September 2018 | 0 comments

Three cups of blue liquid, connected by straws. The liquid is darkest in the left cup and palest in the right cup.

Do you have a few leftover plastic cups and straws that you want to keep from turning into waste? Save them up and make a cascading waterfall!

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Making marshmallows Activity

by David, 14 August 2018 | 0 comments

Small plate of coconut covered marshmallows

Learn some fluffy and delicious chemistry by following this marshmallow recipe.

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Flying cups Activity

by David, 9 August 2018 | 1 comments

Someone streching a rubberband attached to a paper cup in readiness to launch the cup.

Do you like paper planes? Here’s a different glider to try, made from cups. You might be surprised at the path it takes when it flies!

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Pulling pulleys Activity

by David, 26 July 2018 | 2 comments

Photo of a bobbin attached by a loop of string to a drink bottle, with another srting loop going upwards out of the shot.

Have you ever wondered how cranes can lift such heavy things? Their pulleys really help lighten the load. In this activity, have a play with some pulleys. These simple machines can make heavy weights as light as a feather!

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Lava fizz Activity

by David, 12 July 2018 | 2 comments

Lava lamps look super cool, but they can be expensive and hard to find. With this activity, you can make your own bubbly lava and learn a bit about oil and water!

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Invisible glass Activity

by David, 28 June 2018 | 0 comments

Glass of water with a ock floating in it.

Find out more about invisibility by hiding a glass jar in plain sight. Then, use the jar to create a clever illusion, making a rock appear to float mysteriously!

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