Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Chemical Reactions: combustion of iron

In this experiment we are going to look further into what happens when the combustion of iron occurs...

The definition of combustion: The process of burning something.

Combustion is a chemical reaction.

Have you ever thought of what somethings weighs before and after it's burnt?  Well in this experiment that's exactly what we are going to do!

When doing this experiment please be careful as it does involve fire.  Ensure there is nothing like paper or cloth or anything else that can easily catch fire around.  Also it is very important that you wear goggles for this experiment.

What you will need:

  • A bunsen burner, or chefs torch - you could try an alcohol burner if you have one
  • Steel wool - like you use to scrub the pans
  • Tongs
  • Weighing scales
  • A metal baking tray
How to do this investigation...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

HEAT ENERGY: A Convection and Conduction experiment

This is very simple demonstration of how conduction and convection heat energy works.  It involves fire which usually fascinates children.

For this experiment, you will need...

Monday, 14 September 2015

A birthday that began with a bang!

This week Honi turned eight! She is thrilled to be a tweenie and the over excitement.  Well...

Once I had put the younger ones to bed, the big girls and I got working on blowing up balloons and other preparations.

Why oh WHY did I think balloons were a good idea?  Honi loved them, don't get me wrong, but I should have blown them up in the morning.  I will explain...

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Back to school!

Well not for us, as you know we don't do school, but it's that time of year and about the time when my girls are more in the mood to settle down at the table with some books.

This summer has been filled with a lot of lovely things. It's not been the easiest of times for us as a family but there have been some super bits thanks to my friends and my amazing four girls.  I feel blessed.  

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Conduction: The magic balloon!

This is a really simple experiment and one that I've done loads of times before, I've just never blogged it.

Last week I showed the kids at Science Crazy Club how heat energy works and how it can be useful.

To demonstrate conduction I used a couple of experiments and this is one of them,

All you will need for this experiment is

  • 2 balloons
  • A candle
  • Some water
  • Goggles!

Now, I will fully explain the science of what is happening as I take you step by step through this very simple and easy experiment...

Friday, 28 August 2015

Through Rain and Shine

What a lovely weekend!  Saturday was so beautiful. 

I am child free every Saturday afternoon.  At first it was the weirdest thing.  They're always with me so it was so odd to be apart from them.  Now, about 9 months later, I am getting used to it and actually enjoy, not just having adult only time, but to have me time.  Quietness.

I took some photos, the Sky ride in Ipswich was running right near me and I thought it a great opportunity to take photos, especially with all that Sun...

Thursday, 20 August 2015

To sleep or not to sleep...

This weekend was the Maritime festival.  This year it was packed.  It was so nice to have a fun fair at the end of our road followed by a free fireworks display! 

How the girls loved it.  We even got to see another batmobile!  Awesomeness!

The girls got loads of fun fair rides in this year.  Saturday their dad took them and on Sunday they managed to get 3 rides each out of me.  I wouldn't normally but I really wanted to make it a special time for them to remember.  Mummy even had a go on the Ferris Wheel!  Faster than the last one I tried! Fun!

The fun didn't stop there...

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Human Anatomy Projects for Kids

Here I have compiled all my experiments and science projects that teach kids about how their body works using hands on fun activities!

First DNA as it's the recipe instructions to what makes us us!


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Ninjas and Flower girls

Ok, so I'm a little quieter at the moment on the photo front on social media as my camera on my phone is broken. However I do have a camera so...

Here's what we've been up to...

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Science: Make your own Spool Car

This post was first written 1 June 2013 17:51

Did you ever wonder how a wind-up toy works? 

Well, if you open it up you will see all the components that make it up.  You will notice a spring inside too.  It looks more like a ribbon but it's still a spring as when it tightens up it stores potential energy that when released it is what moves the wind up toy!

Potential energy
Potential energy is stored energy that is ready to be used.  There are many different types of potential energy…  Gravitational potential energy, electrical potential energy, heat potential energy and there are more, like mechanical potential energy which we will be the first things we get hands on with in this chapter. When energy is stored up waiting to be used we call it potential energy.

When we wind up our toy we create potential energy.

Kinetic energy

When the stored energy, the potential energy, is released and used to do something, we call this kinetic energy.  Kinetic means movement, and this is because when energy is released it tends to make things move or something to happen!

When we let go, the potential energy is transferred to kinetic energy and the car moves along the table or the ground!

These are our spool cars...

They work in the same way as a wind up toy except our elastic bands are used in place of the spring inside our wind up toy.  We tried sitting them up so it looked like a propeller and we had it on its side when it turned into a spool car.

How do you make one? This is how we made ours...

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Science: Make your own Whirlpool tube!

This is a wonderful visual demonstration of how centripetal force works.  First lets make our Whirlpool tube! 

Supplies needed:

  • Two empty bottles, 1 litre
  • Water
  • Food colouring 
  • Washing up liquid
  • Glitter (Optional)
  • Electrical tape
  • Sticky tack
Here's how to make your whirlpool tube!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The tale of the missing cat and other news...

This week I am SO busy with running the business. Learning was more autonomous over the last couple of days.  I do love the flexibility of home education!

photo credit: @the_catwhisperer on Instagram

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Batmobiles and a debarcle!

Although quiet, as always, most of our mornings have been filled with learning.  I am quite gutted that I am not blogging as much at the moment.  I have been busy with work and the girls, it's non-stop but we have been having a lot of fun too.

All these Summer nights have been lovely, filled with sitting outside cafes and walks along the waterfront - apart from the last two days of rain...

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Science crazy summer club

Live in Ipswich? 
Have Science Crazy kids aged 5-12 years?
Looking for something a bit different to do this summer? 

Why not come along to Science Crazy's Summer Club!


29 July 2pm to 4pm IPSWICH

A one off 2 hour session jam packed with SCIENCE that will have the kids in awe!

Learn more here...

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Science experiment: Diffusion

In short, diffusion, involves molecules moving from higher concentration to lower concentration.  This movement is known as the concentration gradient.

This happens with liquids and in gases.  As gases are more difficult in an experiment to show children how diffusion works I will use this experiment which involves liquid, in this case water.

We will also experiment with temperatures in the experiment and talk about how temperature effects the rate of diffusion. 

First the experiment...