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Little Scientists at home

Stuck at home? We are working hard behind the scenes at Little Scientists to bring some fun little explorations to you! Feel free to share with your teacher, educator and crisis-schooling friends! And let us know if you have a particular exploration you want us to film!

Dyeing eggs with natural dye for Easter

Posted on April 8th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

Colourful eggs dyed with natural and artificial dyes

You can see good results dyeing eggs with food colouring but to be honest, we used up all the food colouring in our house tie-dyeing t-shirts recently, so this year we had to improvise and try natural dyes instead. Luckily, our garden and the pantry provided some great options! But of course, it was not all smooth sailing so find out what we did!

What is flushable?

Posted on April 6th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

Jars with water and different types of paper

What can be flushed down the toilet and why? With this activity, we would like to investigate with you the things that should and definitely shouldn’t be flushed. Think about the 3 P’s: paper, pee and poo, right? Well, yes. But it has to be the paper! Let’s investigate the different types of paper.

Make a Kandinsky artwork

Posted on April 6th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists at home

Kids taping floor to make shapes

This is another great art and mathematics activity. Naming the shapes, talking about the angles formed and deciding where the tape should go. Try to discuss the different attributes of the shapes as you colour them in.

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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