When Okido meets Skittles

 I love our Okido Magazine that pops through the door every month. I shouldn’t really say I love it as it’s aimed at 3-8 year olds, but I do! And so does our son (who definitely does fall in correct age bracket).

This months magazine had a fabulous experiment that our children really wanted to try. We got together some skittles, a plate, a bowl and a jug of water.

After arranging the skittles around the upturned bowl, we removed the bowl and poured a small amount of water in the middle of the circle.img_0934We then watched and enjoyed the colour from the skittles dissolving in the water creating this beautiful pattern. It was fun to watch the colours mixing and inevitably turning into a brown mushy colour!

We were interested to see that when we turned over the skittles there were small dots of colour where the skittles were resting on the plate and the water didn’t come into contact with the skittle and therefore the colour didn’t dissolve away.

img_0945

Nice one OKIDO!

Whats your favourite kids magazine?

 

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!

Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

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!!

Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

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.

Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

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

Making Rain

Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

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

Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

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.

Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

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

Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

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