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Bubble nets at home Activity

by David, 2 May 2019 | 0 comments

Someone is scooping confetti out of a bowl of water with a measuring cup

If you thought humans were the only fishers who use nets, think again! Humpback whales work together to net and herd fish, making the fish easier to eat. But these whale nets are made of bubbles! To learn more, it’s time to blow some bubble nets ourselves.

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Vinegar eggs and salty osmosis Activity

by Jasmine, 18 April 2019 | 3 comments

Hand holding a transparent egg shape orb.

Here are two egg experiments in one! Turn your eggs rubbery by dissolving their shells, and then make one grow and the other shrink with the power of salt water.

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No can opener? No problem! Activity

by David, 4 April 2019 | 0 comments

Taking the lid off a can of baked beans.

When opening a tin can, chances are you’ll turn to a can opener or use a ring pull. But these are not the only ways to crack open a tin. In this activity, try using sandpaper to remove the top of a can!

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Floating images Activity

by David, 21 March 2019 | 0 comments

Drawing of a green and red butterfly in the bottom of a bowl with a small amount of blue water.

Have you ever wanted to bring your pictures to life? Here’s one neat trick to make a drawing float away, literally!

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Queen’s Guard Activity

by David, 7 March 2019 | 1 comments

Hexagonal board game with chess pieces on it.

Here’s a simple game that can be very tricky to play well. Give it a go, then find out why it’s such a challenge.

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Upside down bottle Activity

by David, 21 February 2019 | 2 comments

Plastic bottle half filled with water with a screen tied over the opening and the whole thing inverted upside down.

Here’s a classic activity with a showy twist. Surprise your friends by inverting a water bottle without spilling its contents!

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Leaving patterns Activity

by David, 31 January 2019 | 0 comments

a cup of water with plastic over the top and a coin balancing on that.

Written by Elvina Lee Here’s a cool activity that’s perfect for a hot summer’s day! Create a curious pattern with water.

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Bubbling bells Activity

by David, 13 December 2018 | 0 comments

Small metal bells in a glass of fizzy water

Written by Elvina Lee What’s the festive season without bells? Here’s an activity you can do, without the headache of excess jingling!

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Water balancing trick Activity

by David, 29 November 2018 | 0 comments

A five cent coin with a convex drop of blue water covering the surface.

Here’s a balancing game, but with a bit of practice you will always win! Why? Because you’ve set up a clever trick.

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From silly straw to annoying instrument Activity

by David, 15 November 2018 | 0 comments

A man blowing into a straw.

Do you get annoyed when you get a plastic straw with your drink? Instead of throwing it out, take it home and use it to make a musical instrument!

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