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Hot hot heat Activity

by Jasmine, 19 December 2012 | 0 comments

A cardboard box obscured by a pot plant.

Phew! The Sun can feel pretty hot, even though we’re millions of kilometres away on Earth. Find out more about how plants can keep buildings cool in this activity.

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Counting gears Activity

by David, 4 December 2012 | 0 comments

Foam gears with numbers written on them

This crafty cog activity will get your mind spinning and help you learn more about how we count. Safety: This activity uses a craft knife. Ask an adult to help.

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How the Global Positioning System (GPS) works Activity

by Pat, 28 November 2012 | 1 comments

A tree trunk with string tied around it and bundled at the base.

Time to head outdoors! This simple activity explains the basics of how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works.

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Bubble prints Activity

by Jasmine, 17 November 2012 | 0 comments

A tray of purple bubbles, with someone breatihng into it with a straw

Follow these instructions and create a work of art out of bubbles, while learning some maths.

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Microwave caramel Activity

by Pat, 14 November 2012 | 1 comments

Mixing the light brown caramel until smooth.

If you’re looking for a sweet activity, this one’s the sweetest! Make yourself some caramel, and learn all about the chemistry of caramelisation.

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Pollen trap Activity

by Jasmine, 10 November 2012 | 0 comments

Honey bee on a flower.

Bees are famous for collecting pollen, but that’s not the only way pollen gets around. Try building a pollen trap, and you’ll discover how much is floating in our air every day!

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(Not) apple pie Activity

by Mike, 5 October 2012 | 3 comments

Piece of pie

Create a taste illusion with this fun recipe!

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Orange life jacket Activity

by Jasmine, 28 September 2012 | 0 comments

Floating orange with sink

Written by Sarah Kellett Life jackets are often orange to make them easy to spot after an accident. And orange fruit have their own life jackets, all built in!

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Make a reed switch Activity

by Mike, 14 September 2012 | 0 comments

Split pin on a table

Attracted to doing some hands-on science? Why not use a magnet to create a ‘reed switch’?

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Play the time walk board game Activity

by Jasmine, 24 August 2012 | 2 comments

Board for the time walk board game

Looking for something to do this weekend? Play the time walk board game. You can download and print the instructions, game pieces and  board. Let us know what you think! If you’re after more science fun for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!

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