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Clucking cup Activity

by David, 16 September 2021 | 1 comments

A person holding a paper cup with string attachment and a musical note in speach bubble above.

Want to surprise your friends and family? With a bit of practice, you can make this cup cluck like a chicken!

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Foam bubble blower Activity

by David, 2 September 2021 | 0 comments

a man blowing into a bottle, with lots of bubbles coming out the end

Bubble blowers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. This one blows thousands of tiny bubbles that you can play with. It makes a foam that lasts, so you can even shape the bubbles into towers!

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15 ways to have fun with food Activity

by David, 19 August 2021 | 0 comments

Small plate of coconut covered marshmallows

There’s a tonne of science in food. Here are 15 of our favourite food-related science activities to tickle your brain and tantalise your tastebuds!

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Marshmallow slime Activity

by David, 5 August 2021 | 4 comments

Pink gloop of slime.

This year’s National Science Week theme is ‘Food: Different by Design’. So let’s celebrate with some edible marshmallow slime! Safety: When handling food, use clean hands and clean equipment. Items from the microwave can be hot – ask an adult to help.

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Jumping bug Activity

by David, 22 July 2021 | 0 comments

Twisted blue and white wire.

This simple toy is made from a few paperclips and can jump high into the air. Time to get bending!

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Make egg-free meringues Activity

by David, 7 July 2021 | 0 comments

Meringue and banana slices drizzles with chocolate on a plate.

Light, fluffy and oh-so-sweet, meringues are a delicious treat. When beaten, egg whites turn into an amazing foam that can be baked to perfection. But there’s also a way to make meringues without using eggs! Safety: Use clean hands and clean equipment when handling food. This activity uses an oven and beaters. Ask an adult…

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Heat avoider Activity

by David, 23 June 2021 | 0 comments

Foil and paper strip curling as it is held over a candle flame.

Make a curious device that doesn’t like being put near a candle flame. When it gets hot, it curls away!

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Make a reed switch Activity

by Mike, 10 June 2021 | 0 comments

By Mike McRae and David Shaw Attracted to doing some hands-on science? Why not use a magnet to create a ‘reed switch’?

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Swap the blocks Activity

by David, 26 May 2021 | 1 comments

Six squares drawn in a grid, two end squares are coloured, one red, one blue. There are tiles on five of the six squares.

Here’s a puzzle that’s easy to set up, but surprisingly tricky to solve. See if you can swap two counters just by sliding them!

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Magic colouring Activity

by David, 13 May 2021 | 1 comments

Drawing of a butterfly half emerged in water, the top half is coloured.

Here’s a great trick of the light that looks like magic. Put a picture into water, and the colour disappears! And the best thing is, the colour comes back when you take the picture out again.

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