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The Collection

September 28, 2012 Activities
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Our last place was a children’s paradise – an old hobby farm which had been owned by a collector and had two children growing up. It was absolutely covered in stuff. Garden ornaments, knick knacks, marbles, little glass stars (why?), broken wind chimes, bottles, dog toys, old batteries, you name it, it was buried somewhere […]

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Straw Rockets

September 21, 2012 Activities

Remember these? I was inspired by Kate at Picklebums, but with our own twist. Because we’re not about the art, we’re about the science. So we didn’t make pretty rockets, we compared all sorts of different materials to see which goes the furthest. On second thoughts, maybe we’re not scientists so much as insanely competitive. And […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Sand and Water

August 29, 2012 Babies
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I don’t think the attraction ever fades. Playing in dirt – the original open-ended multi-age game.

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Take 2 marbles, …

August 17, 2012 Activities
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Some spoons, boxes, lids and other small bits and pieces. Clear a hallway or space on the floor.  Let the kids go, while they make up weird and bizarre rules about where the marbles have to go and how they have to get there.  Science? Well, I suppose you could count the gravity weight comparisons […]

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Tossing Pegs

June 14, 2012 Activities
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It sounds wrong, but balls are not really the best things to throw. Not unless you want them to bounce, and then they are awesome. But if you are tired of chasing things that hit an angle and head off in a different random direction just as you are about to grab them, balls are […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Diggers

May 30, 2012 Energy and Change
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The real name of this post should be levers, but then only people who are confused would look.

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The Saga of the Stained Glass Jelly

May 24, 2012 Activities
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This is one of those great ideas that turned into … something. Part painting, part experiment, part playing with food, part mess making, part problem solving, part colour mixing – that’s a lot of parts. It all started when I saw some kids at school fingerpainting with jelly. That would make great stained glass, I thought. […]

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How to Make Paint

May 23, 2012 Activities
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By the big girl (6).  First you  get  chalk and  then  you get water  then  you get gloves. Then you get a smooth spot to mix the chalk and water together. To mix it you draw  with the chalk then you get the water and put some on the chalk and then get your chalk and draw over the water. I’m not certain why I only have a couple of […]

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Building Bridges

May 10, 2012 Activities
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It’s one of the classics – give children a pile of objects, such as newspaper, straws or pipecleaners, and tell them that they have to make a bridge across a gap that will carry a certain weight. I’m not suggesting you try that with little kids, but we did have a fun time trying to […]

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Palmar, Power, Precision, and Prints – Hands and fingers for all ages

May 3, 2012 Activities
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Hands are one of the things that have made humans so successful, you could call them fundamental to what we are. But they aren’t unique or specialised. In fact it’s pretty much the opposite – every primate and lots of other little brown animals have hands. Horses’ hooves are specialised. We have been successful by […]

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