National Science Week 2022

We are getting ready for National Science Week! Are you?

The National Science Week theme of 2022 is based on the UN International Year of Glass. As in early childhood the focus may be on glasses, mirrors, reflection, light and colours, we have gathered here our resources designed to help you spot optics phenomena with the children in everyday life.

If you would like to learn more about hands-on ways to explore optics with the children, please join us for our online Inspire STEM workshop during National Science Week.

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.

Boy painting rainbow on path

Making chalk paint

Make your own rainbow chalk using household ingredients and in the process help children learn about measurement, viscosity, fluids and colour mixing. Do you know what a non-newtonian fluid is? You will after this Little Scientists at Home activity.

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!

Twigs spelling TWIG by Aura Parker

Twig

This gentle story about a stick insect who camouflages among the trees touches on how differences in abilities can enrich our lives.

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