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Little Scientists at home

Acoustics

Posted on April 1st, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

Boy with fingers in ears, fingers attached to string, attached to plastic coathanger

There is a world of sounds out there to discover. A nice way to start any of these experiments is to lie on the floor (or on the grass outside) with your children and just listen. What can you hear? Where do the noises come from? How does the noise travel to our ears? Which parts of our body do we use to hear noise? If we put our fingers in our ears does that stop the sound?

Tiling and tessellations

Posted on March 26th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

one shape fitting into another shape

Maurits Cornelis (MC) Escher was an amazing Dutch graphic artist and mathematician who created some magical, mathematical artworks. We encourage you to research him a little more if you and your children are interested!…

What shape is a bubble

Posted on March 25th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

woman blowing bubbles with straw into blue liquid

When people think of mathematics they tend to think of numbers and numeracy but actually there are some wonderful mathematics activities for children that doesn’t involve ‘doing sums’. Spotting patterns is an important part of mathematical  abstraction and the following activities are fun, and a wonderful artistic introduction to patterns…

Making a bubble snake

Posted on March 24th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

Child blowing bubble mix through chux cloth to make a snake

Bubbles are a serious business. Different recipes for bubble mix can be a closely guarded secret.  And bubbles contain so many STEM opportunities that you probably don’t even realise.  This little gem is a maths activity, creating bubble mix is also a good introduction to chemistry.  And the rainbow shine on the bubble is a great way to start an optics discussion about rainbows and, of course, bubbles are great fun!

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