Weather Science Experiments for Kids
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by Emma Vanstone
5d ago
Today’s round-up is full of great weather science experiments and investigation ideas. Observing the weather is a great way to practice recording and displaying data and learning about the weather and how it changes daily. Weather Science Experiments How to measure rainfall A simple rain gauge is an easy way to measure rainfall. Don’t forget to record the results and empty it each day. Find out how hard it’s raining with Rainy Day Mum. Wind Experiments If you want to get crafty, try making a pinwheel like this one from Red Ted Art. You should find it spins more on windy days ..read more
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What is a magnet?
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by Emma Vanstone
5d ago
A magnet is an object that produces an invisible magnetic field. A magnetic field is an area where magnetic materials experience a force. Objects attracted to a magnet are either a magnet themselves or are made from a magnetic material. The magnetic force in a magnet flows from the north to the south pole, which creates the magnetic field. Magnet facts for kids Magnets have invisible magnetic fields. Compasses contain a tiny magnet. Only iron, steel, nickel and cobalt are magnetic. Magnets can also be made from neodymium and samarium ( rare earth metals ) The north pole of one magnet repels t ..read more
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Around the World in 50 Experiments – Canada
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by Emma Vanstone
1w ago
Today, we’re off to Canada on our trip Around the World in 50 Experiments. Don’t forget to print the passport to record everywhere you go! Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia, with the USA a close third. Canada is vast, rugged and beautiful, home to mountains, forests, vast wetlands, open prairies, rivers, lakes and cities. Three Sisters Mountain, a landmark in Canmore, Canada The Canadian Arctic covers about 40% of the Northernmost part of Canada and is home to incredible wildlife, including polar bears, narwhals and walruses. Fun Canada Facts Canada gained independ ..read more
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How To Defy Gravity – Magnet Trick
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by Emma Vanstone
1w ago
This fantastic and easy demonstration of gravity and magnetism will impress kids of all ages. The paperclip doesn’t fall because it is attracted to the magnet and doesn’t jump up to the magnet as it is held in place by string, making it look like it is defying gravity and floating in the air!! If you like this magnet trick, I’ve got 100s more fun kids’ science experiments to try! Image from This IS Rocket Science Materials Cardboard box Cardboard Coloured paper and tape Scissors Felt tip pens Skewer – remove the sharp ends Magnets Paperclip String Instructions First, decide on a theme for the ..read more
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Easy Toy Car Science Experiments
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by Emma Vanstone
2w ago
Toy cars are a great tool for learning about forces such as friction, momentum, inertia and the effect of changing gradients of ramps. You’ll need a few extra items for some activities, but hopefully, you already have most of them around the house. Science investigations using toy cars Toy car friction ramp Our DIY friction ramp uses a large sheet of thick cardboard split into several lanes. Each lane is covered with a different material. This activity is a great way to demonstrate how some surfaces have more friction between themselves and another object than others. Make the ramp Ball ..read more
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Magic Milk Science Experiment
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by Emma Vanstone
2w ago
This easy magic milk science investigation is fantastic fun for kids of all ages. All you need is whole milk, food colouring and a little dish soap to create crazy colour explosions. Older children can use this activity to learn about emulsions. The reaction that gives the colourful display is between the fat molecules in the milk and dish soap. This is why whole milk is the best to use. How to set up a magic milk investigation You’ll need Whole milk A shallow tray Food colouring Pipette Washing up liquid ( dish soap ) Instructions 1. Pour a layer of milk into your baking tray or plate. 2 ..read more
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How to make a DIY steady hand game
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by Emma Vanstone
2w ago
A steady hand game is a brilliant mini electricity or design project and great for working on hand-eye coordination too! I made a reindeer themed game just before Christmas, but you can twist the copper wire into any shape you want. If this isn’t quite what you’re looking for I have lots more simple electricity projects for kids. You’ll need Insulating tape Tape Shoebox lid or other shallow box or cardboard tray. Copper wire Battery holder pack with leads – ours used 2 AA batteries Mini light bulb and bulb holder Crocodile clip leads 3V round buzzer Wire cutters I buy my electricity project it ..read more
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The Best Winter Science Experiments
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by Emma Vanstone
2w ago
Winter is a great time of year to try some science at home. Many ice and snow-themed experiments don’t require special materials and are visually appealing, exciting and educational too! I’ve pulled together a collection of what we think are the best winter science experiments for kids, including a free checklist you can download at the bottom of the post. I also have lots of Winter STEM Challenges you might like to try. My FREE winter science eBook is a great place to start with easy-to-follow instructions for five winter science investigations. The Best Winter Science Experiments Snow Volca ..read more
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Neurone model for a science fair
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by Emma Vanstone
2w ago
Creating a 3D neurone ( or neuron ) model is a great way to learn about the central nervous system and how messages are transmitted around the body. 3D neurone models are also a fantastic addition to a school science fair project about the nervous system. What are neurones? Neurones ( often called nerve cells ) are specialised cells found all over the body. They carry electrical signals. Neurones are often very long to speed up nerve impulses. Connections between neurones, although fast, slow the impulse down, so one long neurone transmits a message faster than lots of smaller ones. What is th ..read more
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Winter Print and Play Paper Science Pack
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by Emma Vanstone
2w ago
My winter themed print and play pack is a free download containing five easy science experiments mainly using the paper they are printed on and a few extras ( balloon, scissors, a torch and water). Simply print, experiment and then recycle the leftovers. The activities are mess free ( apart from one ) with easy to follow instructions. 1. Spinning Snowflakes Use the template to make three paper spinners. Attach a paperclip to the ends of each one and drop from different heights or add extra weight to see how it affects the speed at which the snowflakes fall. 2. Magic Opening Snowfla ..read more
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