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Summer Term Week 2

Friday 1st May

What you need:

  • Milk
  • A shallow dish
  • Fine glitter
  • Toothpicks
  • Soap

How you do it: Place milk in a shallow dish, a few centimetres deep. Add a few splotches of fine glitter – you can use many colours or just one or two. Using a toothpick with soap on it, place the soap in the middle of the glitter and, like magic, the “germs” (the glitter) will disperse!

This demonstrates the soap’s ability to pick up both oil and dirt from our skin, while scaring away germs when we wash our hands.

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Thursday 30th April 

What you need:

  • A shallow dish or tray (foil trays are fine)
  • Food colouring
  • Milk
  • Toothpicks
  • Soap

How you do it: You’ll need a shallow dish, such as an empty pie dish or baking tray. Submerge the bottom by pouring room temperature milk into it. Add a few blobs of food colouring (the children can do this part) and then hand each child a toothpick dipped in dish soap – and watch the colours dance.

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Wednesday 29th April

What you need:

  • A bendy straw
  • A paper cup
  • Duct tape
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid or bubble bath

How you do it: This activity requires only the very basics, a bendy straw, a paper cup, duct tape, water and dishwashing liquid or some other foaming liquid (like bubble bath). Place the straw through the cup somewhere near the bottom and use the duct tape to seal the hole.

The soapy water should submerge the straw in the cup – and voila – it’s ready for blowing bubbles! This is probably one for the older kids only, as you don’t want any unexpected bubbles when children get confused between blowing and sipping!

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Tuesday 28th April

What you need:

  • Paper cups
  • Different shades of food colouring
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

How you do it: Rainbow colours are always fun, so start by lining up a few paper cups, each with its own food colouring – red, yellow, green, blue and a mixture of red and blue (to make purple). Add a scoop of baking soda and then pour in a little vinegar. There you have it – it’s magic (or science)!

 

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Monday 27th April

What you need:

  • A jar of water
  • Blue food colouring
  • Shaving foam
  • A medicine dropper or pipette

How you do it: Using a glass of water to demonstrate the proverbial “sky”, create a cloud to hover at the top by using shaving foam. Now, use a medicine dropper or a pipette to drop little droplets of food colouring into the cloud. Eventually, the food colouring will seep through the cloud to demonstrate rain.

Children may start to grasp the relationship to our outside world, how this is what happens when clouds get too heavy – some of the water has to rain down.

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