DIY 5 minute bird feeder 

These bird feeders are super quick to make and I’m hoping they will encourage some birds into our community garden.

All you need is some pine cones, bird seed, lard, twine and a blunt knife.

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Use the blunt knife to spread lard generously on the pine cone. Cover the lard in birdseed and tie a piece of twine tightly around the pine cone.

Hang up the tasty treat on a tree and wait for some birds to come looking for their lunch!

Look I made a Magnet!

We have a bunch of different magnets in the house but on the whole none that were super powerful. They weren’t strong enough to do the experiments that we wanted to do.

So, we bought some really strong magnets. Now these magnets are definitely not the type to leave around the house for little people to play with at will!! There would be disastorous concequences of non-functioning phones and kurput electrical equipment. So, beware if you decide to do this at home! The packaging was full of strong warnings!

We used these super strong magnets to make…..another magnet!

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Little Man stroked a large needle a few times with one side of the magnet and hey presto….the needle became magnetic. The amazing thing was that the magnet stayed magnetic for ages! I though maybe it would be magnetic for a few minutes and we’d have to go through the process again. However, the needle picked up the paper clips and even they became magnetic, I found them sticking to some electrical devise the next day!!

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We also used the magnetic needle to create a compass. We laid the needle on some cardboard which we placed in a bowl of water and hey presto. We spun the card around and it would always settle with the needle pointing north! How very cool.

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Have you done any magnetic experiments? Did you get the results you imagined?

Estuary Fun!

We recently visited the beautiful country of Wales. We stayed in Pembrokeshire, close to Poppit Sands where the Teifi River becomes a river estuary and meets the sea. Our son loves geography so this was fab.

Our little munchkins were both interested to see the boats floating in the estuary at one time of the day and then stuck in the sand at another time of the day. We got to see the estuary from many different angles and at different times of day.

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Our little ones are definitely explorers, loving to visit different places every day.

We found some fantastic flat stones that will be great to paint on! Have you checked out Our Pebble Family? We also found this incredibly large anchor, not sure it will fit in the boot! We will leave it for you to sit on.

We haven’t yet understood why seaweed likes to stick to stones, or exactly how the moon creates the tides, or why we found some zebra rocks, but we are having fun with it!

It’s so inspiring to be in beautiful places, couldn’t we just stay on holiday!!?

Making Rain

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Ok, so we didn’t make real rain. We made blue rain, green rain,  red rain and orange rain.

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We saw this ‘experiment’ on Pinterest and thought we’d try. I’m not sure what we were experimenting, we were more creating something that looked like a clouds and rain and having fun with it.

We got shaving foam (the extremely cheap stuff for the supermarket-bought specifically for this!), some glass jars, food colouring (we used food colouring gels mixed with water), water and a couple of pipettes.

we filled the jars with water, squirted shaving foam on the top in an extremely cloud like fashion and then used the pipettes to drop colours through the foam.

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Our little ones loved this and kept asking for more. I love the patterns created in the water.

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Do you know any fabulous weather experiments? Please comment below.

Look Mummy, I made a rainbow!

Penguin and Little Missy were busy having lots of fun watering the plants at Granny and Gramps’ house and playing with the sprinkler.

A little Later Little Missy was watering the grass and she calls out “Look Mummy, I’ve made a Rainbow.” And indeed she had made a rainbow; and it was beautiful.

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It reminded me of and experiment we had bookmarked in a library book nearly a year ago. Sadly we never did the experiment and the book (having been renewed a few times) finally went back to the library. The book, Backyard Science by Chris Maynard explained how to make a rainbow and the science behind what happened when a rainbow is made.

To make a rainbow you basically need just two things, a lovely sunny day and a water sprinkler. Stand with your back to the sun and hold the sprinkler up in front of you. A rainbow will appear. How wonderful!

Sunlight is made up of different colours that we don’t normally see. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. Usually we just see sunlight as white light. Sunlight hits the waterdrops and the different colours seperate and we can see them in the form of a rainbow.

Have fun making rainbows 🙂

 

Sail boat craft

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We made these sail boats as part of the #30DaysWild challenge. They were fun to make and even more fun to watch them sail down the river!

I didn’t think that we would be able to retrieve our boats after we’d put them in the water so I thought it was important to make them out of natural materials. We used some sticks, a biodegradable twine and a leaf for the sail. To make the base of the boat we made an overlapping square with the sticks and tied them together with twine. We then tied on more sticks across the base and another stick pointing upwards for the sail. When we arrived at the river we found a large leaf and tied it to the stick.

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Penguin had great fun watching the boats sail down the river and also enjoyed videoing the experience, I’m just glad his camera is waterproof!!

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Have you had fun playing in the river? Any ideas for fun river play?

Floating on Salt

My son said to me today ‘The Dead Sea is as deep as the Eiffel Tower is tall’. He loves watching Go Jetters often shares random facts with me. He went onto tell me ‘The more salt the easier it is for heavy things to float.’ Penguin also loves experiments and suggested we see if things would float in water with salt in, so that’s what we did.

We weren’t very technical about the experiment and didn’t get our coin to float. We just put a lot of salt into a small pot with water. Penguin managed to get a blue bead to float in salty water, even when pushed to the bottom, it still floated back to the surface. The same blue bead sank in regular tap water. He was very excited!

We’ve since found out (after watching YouTube videos of people floating on the Dead Sea) that stuff floats in salty water because the salt makes the water more dense. So our blue bead was less dense than the salty water but more dense than the tap water.

I was really glad this experiment worked and we got the outcome we expected. I’ve been getting tired of trying to do experiments that look good in a science book but in reality don’t work very well.

After watching some videos online we found that this experiment is really effective using an egg. So we had a go 😀

 

Science School – Magic Ice

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We picked up a new book from the library entitled Science School by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom. The book is full of science experiments that can be done at home. So here’s our first one…Magic Ice.

Could we get an ice cube out of a glass of water without getting wet?

We were allowed some string and some salt!!

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Here’s how we got on. With our ice in the glass, Penguin lay the string on the ice and sprinkled some salt over. We waited for about a minute.

The salt caused the ice to melt a little, the water seeped into the string and the ice caused it to re-freeze and then we could pick up the string and the ice was attached. No wet hands!

Penguin then went in to pick up much more ice with his string. I could tell he was having fun!

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Have you done any science experiments at home that worked really well?

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