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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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Make a spinning helicopter Activity

by David, 28 April 2021 | 0 comments

Paper helicopter with paper clip weights.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made history by flying on Mars. To celebrate the first flight of a copter on another planet, here’s a simple unpowered helicopter you can build at home!

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Blow a ball into a bottle Activity

by David, 15 April 2021 | 0 comments

A amn trying to blow a ball into a bottle

Can you blow a paper ball into a bottle? It sounds easy, but it’s harder than you think!

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Easter activities Activity

by David, 25 March 2021 | 0 comments

Hand holding a transparent egg shape orb.

Are you looking for some fun activities to fill your Easter break? Check out these seasonal suggestions!

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Rainbow plate Activity

by David, 18 March 2021 | 0 comments

Plate with colourful lollies around the circumference and rainbow pattern in the centre.

Here’s a great excuse to get your parents to buy lollies! All it takes is some warm water to reveal a beautiful rainbow.

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