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Man and animals in large full bath

Mr Archimedes’ bath

Mr Archimedes’ bath overflows when he and his friends hop in, so he starts taking measurements and doing experiments to try and understand why. When Mr Archimedes and the animals finally work out that they all together cause the overflow.

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!

Crayons picketing

The day the crayons quit

‘The day the crayons quit’ is a wonderful starting point to talk about colours and what they mean to the children. Take out a box of crayons and ask the children about their favourite colour. Are there any rules about which colour should be used for certain things? Which colour…

Twigs spelling TWIG by Aura Parker

Twig

A gentle story about friendship and how differences and abilities enrich our lives. The author Aura Parker, takes young readers to a busy bug school where we meet Heidi, a stick insect who is long and tall and camouflages very well with the trees, almost too well.

Grassy hill with colourful decorations

Water bottle wind spirals

Make your own wind spirals then put your STEM hat on and ask yourself: What could children be pondering when watching the spirals spin in the wind? What question could I pose to spark children’s interest in air?

Grey clouds in blue sky

Describing observations

Describing things is a good way to increase vocabulary and improve observational skills. Sometimes it’s hard to get those conversations going though. Ask a five-year-old what she sees and the reaction may be disbelief. Is this a trick question? You do have eyes, don’t you?…

Dinosaurs looking at egg

Am I yours?

A strong wind separates an egg from its parents and one by one the dinosaurs ask it questions to find out by process of elimination, which species it belongs to…

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