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Rolling block puzzle Activity

by David, 10 September 2013 | 0 comments

Upwords board, tiles with letters on them, two balls of plasticine.

Time to get rolling! Use the family board game ‘Upwords’ to try this neat counting technique.

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Birthday paradox Activity

by David, 3 September 2013 | 5 comments

A wrapped gift, a party hat, decorative ribbon, and a cupcake with a lit birthday candle on a calendar. ©iStock.com/Double_Vision

How likely is it that at least two people out of 30 will share a birthday?

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Blow bubbles! Activity

by David, 27 August 2013 | 0 comments

Keen to blow some seriously big bubbles? Try making this bubble mix!

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How big is your target? Activity

by David, 27 August 2013 | 0 comments

A person holding a squash ball. In the background, there is a bucket. The bucket and the ball appear the same width.

Learn some handy sporting tips on how to aim with this hands-on maths activity.

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Chain reaction Activity

by David, 21 August 2013 | 0 comments

several boxes all standing on end. the ones on the left have fallen over, and are knocking over the ones on the right.

In this hands-on activity you’ll create a chain reaction with boxes, and learn about radiation released from decaying atoms.

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Find the kitchen (in almost any house!) Activity

by David, 13 August 2013 | 0 comments

Someone in front of a wall, next to a photocopier. there's an arrow pointing right.

The following instructions are designed to find the kitchen in your house. This activity won’t work in all houses – and don’t go into any places you’re not supposed to be in – but it’s quite fun to see where the instructions take you!

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A business plan Activity

by David, 30 July 2013 | 0 comments

Three soft serve ice cream cones.

Have you ever wanted to open your own shop? Try this market research activity to find out if you could make a living selling things that you love!

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Kite mayhem Activity

by Pat, 10 July 2013 | 0 comments

Hand holding the string of a kite as it flies in the air.

Kites are a great way to combine science, playfulness, patience and imagination. So grab a some simple household items and start building!

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Discover a changing climate in an ice core Activity

by Mike, 4 July 2013 | 0 comments

Plastic cup with three different layers. The contents are overflowing.

Do you wonder why scientists are down in the Antarctic? One reason is to take ice cores, which keep a record of how the Earth’s climate has changed. To learn more (and make a tasty snack) try this totally cool activity! Safety: When dealing with food, use clean hands and clean equipment. You will need…

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Connection conniption! Activity

by David, 2 July 2013 | 0 comments

Three factories drawn on a white mug.

Do you have a favourite mug? This is my favourite. Not only does it hold my hot chocolate, it has a wicked tricky puzzle on it!

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