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Elephant comprised of colourful squares

Elmer

Reminding us that we are happiest in our own skin, this story may also lead to an investigation of colour and camouflage in the animal world.

Man and animals in large full bath

Mr Archimedes’ bath

Mr Archimedes’ bath overflows when he and his friends hop in, so he starts measuring and experimenting to try and understand why.

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

Why not get out crayons and talk to the children about their favourite colours? Are there any rules about which colour should be used when?

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.

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?

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