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Teach Kids to Code by Telling Stories

Our kids are going to need to code. Right? And the earlier they learn the easier it will be. But taught the wrong way coding can be pretty dry stuff for kindergarten and primary kids. Rather than exciting them, it can leave them cold or quickly bored. We need to teach kids to code in creative ways that totally fire their imaginations. And make them keep coming back for more....

Kids Gardening – Growing Mint in Water

Growing mint in water is definitely one of my fave kids gardening activities. Not least because it gives super quick results and is almost impossible to get wrong!! Plus it introduces kids to the science of how different plants reproduce and is genuinely the best way to grow mint from cuttings. AND it involves almost no prep for a frazzled mum who's struggling to find time to garden....

Teaching kids to code

Teaching kids to code is a hot topic. It's now on the national curriculum for kids from 4 here in the UK. And in the US, President Obama has added his penny'sworth claiming coding is the "new literacy" and all kids need to learn. But how on earth are you as a mum meant to

Fire Experiment

This simple experiment helps kids understand what fire needs to burn. But more importantly it gives a very visual introduction to the idea of "gas" - it helps even pre-K kids understand that there is something in "thin air" even if we can't see it. The experiment builds on the "volcano" experiment that lots of kids will have done mixing vinegar and baking soda. And shows them that the "volcano" actually produces a gas - carbon dioxide - that we can't see but which puts out instantly a lighted match. ...

Fun Science Experiment

This is super fun science experiment that makes shells disappear in vinegar. And in doing so, very visually introduces kids to acids, solutions, minerals and the strange ways substances react with one another. The experiment is simple enough to appeal to pre-K kids but can also be used to introduce more complex ideas to 5th grade and secondary school students. ...

Exploring the Life Cycle of a Plant

There are loads of cool ways kids can explore the plant lifecycle.But a lot of plant lifecycle activities focus on the germination of the seeds and conditions needed to make the seeds grow - light, water, warmth, nutrients.Poppies offer a fabulous opportunity to explore the end of the plant lifecycle and the amazing ways in which seeds propagate themselves....

Create a Great Science Kit … For Free

We had a wonderful weekend. Urgently needed weeding in the front garden turned into a spontaneous party of 8 under 5s who created a glorious mess stirring up fizzy potions on the front lawn. By the end of the afternoon we had decimated our's and next door's supplies of vinegar, baking soda and food colouring (and dyed our paths in every colour of the rainbow!) Before stocking up on more supplies, I had a quick check to see if anything else was running out in our "science kit". It's got over 50 items in it which can be used for hundreds of different static and magnet, potions, density and weather experiments. Although, when I say "science kit" what I really mean - apart from a very few things - is the contents of the kitchen cupboards :-) ...

Science Experiments to Explore Solubility

Last week we looked at 10 fab experiments that go fizz. This week we're looking 10 great potions experiments that help children explore "solubility" - that is how different substances dissolve or dissipate (or not) in different liquids and what we can do to help them dissolve. These experiments are all great for pre-schoolers - they don't need to know the precise names of things, just to observe what happens, ask questions and draw conclusion from what they've seen, and most of all to have fun! ...

10 experiments that go fizz!

We've had lots of fun with "potions" experiments. But to be honest they have been a bit random. So I've been making lists of different groups of potions experiments that build on each other and give us more chance to explore the connections between different phenomena we observe. This week I am sharing a list of 10 experiments that go fizz! ...

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