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Shadow puppets

October 5, 2012 Activities
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I‘ve had a soft spot for shadow puppets ever since the big girl was a baby and would get hysterical in the car at night. A little torch shining at her feet or the toys dangling over her and she would stop screaming and happily watch the dancing shadows. I was very disappointed to discover […]

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Frozen Candles

August 10, 2012 Activities
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A little while ago we made ice lanterns, remember? Something interesting happened with the tea lights, and led to many more happy burning sessions while the girls worked it out. This is one of the candles from the ice lantern, if you have a look you can see that the top still has a thick, […]

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Electric Answers

April 27, 2012 Earth and Beyond
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1.     The word ‘electric’ comes from the Greek elektron, amber. Rubbing amber with wool or fur produces static electricity and the amber attracts small pieces of ash or paper. The Greeks thought it was a form of magnetism in non-metals. It wasn’t until 1600 that it was recognised as different. 2.     Lightning is a […]

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Things to do Right Now to Save Money and Energy in Your Home

April 17, 2012 Babies
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I have an addictive new app from Science Alert, which brings the latest science research in Australasia right to my phone. I’m sure you can guess why I like it. The other day it had this study from Wendy Miller at Queensland University of Technology showing that green homes use 80% less energy. Living in the […]

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Kid Question: Why do balls bounce?

September 12, 2011 Energy and Change
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I suspect big girl was actually asking this to delay being kicked outside, because bouncing the little rubber ball down the hall was not going down well. But it’s a good question anyway, and like all good distractions it led to lots of other things to do. Bouncing balls is a fun one because kids can […]

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