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...

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Summer snow and how to experiment with it!

I call it summer snow, simply because it's a perfect activity for summer. This is a great bit of sensory play and one that's super for the summer because it cools you down; the chemistry between the water and sodium polyacrylate creates an endothermic reaction!

Also watching it grow stirs up excitement and then, due to the fact that it's non toxic properties kids can play for hours with it! 

It's a great way to cool them down on a warm summer's day!  And when you're finished, experiment more or give it to the plants: it's great for plants as when the soil dries out they soak up the water in the sodium polyacrylate.  It's often used in gardening.

It can also be found inside baby nappies! 


I know, but this stuff is clean, so there'll be no wee!!!  And the reason why it's used like this is sodium polyacrylate is able to soak up as much as 200 to 300 times it's original volume in water!  The chemical reaction that occurs when this happens is an endothermic one which is what gives it the cool snow effect.

It feels awesome!  Give it a go!  Here's how to do it...

Friday, 3 July 2015

Review: EdPlace

I don't know if you've noticed but there's an online resource out there called EDplace and I have some great news for you: you can try it absolutely free for 7 days to see if it's the tool for you, just click the EdPlace link below and click on Start Learning!

The people at  EDplace gave my girls the chance to try out their site for a couple of months and we found it a very positive experience.  My youngest enjoyed working with me when she had a go, as she doesn't read all that much at the moment, and my other children enjoyed the independence it gave them.
EDplace is filled with lots of worksheets, covering English, Maths and Science from Keystage 1 to 4, that can be completed on line but parents and teachers can control and see what the children are learning.  The more a child uses EDplace the more the programme becomes personalised and recommends certain lessons to engage and help the child in the areas where there could be improvement.

My eldest really enjoyed using their site, she said:

'There's just something about the way it is that makes me remember how to do things and remember the facts.' 

My eldest is very academically minded, she's not always so impressed by online resources but this one she does enjoy; she loved using this as an extra tool, because lets face it, learning is more fun when there's many ways of doing it.

My 10 year old and 12 year old loved the rewards setting.  As the parent you can decide what these rewards can be, whether that is earning extra time on the games console or the telly or extra pocket money, you decide or agree with a reward suitable for you and your child.  All this is optional however.

The worksheets are for all grade, from Primary years up to GCSE. I liked the fact that the worksheets were designed by experienced teachers and the fact that I was able to choose what they should cover that week.  I also got reports of how well they were doing and then, when they had been on it for a while, worksheets were suggested to help with their progress.

I would say it's definitely worth the free 7 day trial and see what you think. 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Hot Summer Snow Storms!

Can you believe it!  I forgot Harmonie's swimming lesson Tuesday! I felt awful! 

I was thinking it's really hot, I'll go out a bit later, maybe to the park, maybe a walk along the waterfront.  I completely forgot about our Tuesday afternoon routine.  Completely. Then, all of a sudden, Honi burst in to the room and asked:

Friday, 26 June 2015

When the panic is over...

Oh, oh, oh!  I have so much to tell you...

Do you remember in my post: A bit of drama! Well, I take it back about Ernie the swimming instructor.  I think he's actually really great...

Monday, 22 June 2015


There isn't actually a genie in the bottle it's science but it's very magical to watch!  This is a great one to do with older kids or as a demonstration for younger children.


Manganese dioxide (MnO2) is a catalyst that will decompose hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen gas.
2H2O2 + MnO2 --> 2H2O + O2 + MnO2 where MnO2 is the catalyst.


We can make this look rather spectacular but you will need to take safety precautions: Goggles, gloves, protective clothing and closed toed shoes.  Also, it’s best to do this in a well ventilated area. 

Although the products produced in this experiment are oxygen and water, it produces a lot of oxygen and oxygen is highly flammable, so take care. 

The catalyst used in this experiment is called manganese dioxide which is dangerous to touch so use gloves, it is extremely dangerous to consume, if eaten ring immediately for medical advice, if the dust is inhaled and the person who inhaled the dust struggles to breathe provide oxygen and call for medical advice.

The hydrogen peroxide in this experiment is much stronger than the sort you buy from the chemist, this strength would quickly burn your skin or eyes so be very careful when handling it.

This is also an exothermic reaction.  This means that during the experiment heat it produced.  Do not touch the bottle!!!!

Now for the fun…


Equipment and chemicals required to do this yourself: