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Chemical reactions

Carbonated water being poured into glass

Sparkling water

At Little Scientists, we are all about spotting STEM opportunities in the everyday. Exploring with sparkling water, or to children more commonly known as fizzy water, might not be an everyday occurrence but is a fascinating way to introduce gases (in this case carbon dioxide) and if you have access to a soda stream, it could be even more fun!

Purple liquids in chemistry flasks

Cabbage chemistry – Chemical reactions

It is not necessary for you to have any understanding of chemical reactions for this activity. The beauty of this activity is that you can discover what substances are acidic or alkali within your house alongside the children. The colour changes, reactions and fizzes are a very exciting part of this exploration.

Scones with jam, cream and coffee

The chemistry of baking

There is a lot of STEM in cooking. In this activity, we are focussing on the chemistry of cooking by analysing the raising agents and how they work. It links very well to the red cabbage chemistry activity but can also be a stand-alone activity.

Sugar and herbs mixed in a metal bowl

Potions and lotions

A chance to experiment with smells, textures and, although not in this activity unless heavily supervised, tastes is part of our experiences of the world. Using our senses is important to developing our sense of the world.  This activity is a wonderful way to use STEM to develop observational skills.

Drawing of a stick figure man on a plate

Running man

The running man is a great and very entertaining activity to do with children. You only need a little bit of equipment and it can keep children busy for hours.

ice cubes with various spices on them

What melts?

At Little Scientists, we love this activity. Science with a bit of spice! In this activity we want to find out, which spices helps melt the ice fastest! Let the children choose their own spices and let them explain why they choose their spice selection!

Colourful eggs dyed with natural and artificial dyes

Dyeing eggs with natural dye for Easter

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!

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