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Children and Science – Baking soda and vinegar volcano

August 20, 2012 | Filed under Inexpensive play

I was going to stay with my daughter and grandchildren recently and before I went I thought it would be interesting to show them what happened in the kitchen when you mix baking soda and vinegar.  I do this all the time when I’m making up more kitchen cleaner (see recipe here)

Then I found the science kids web site with a lot of science ‘experiments you can do with your children.  Lots of fun in school holidays or for a wet Sunday afternoon.




Spring school holiday activities

October 8, 2011 | Filed under Inexpensive play

These holiday activities are about getting into the garden. The spring holidays are great for gardening as you can sow seeds or plant out seedling with the children and the young ones will see action very quickly.  Even if the spring weather can be a bit dodgy, you’ll still get enough fine days to get a few hours outside.

If you don’t have a garden but do have an outside patio or slab of concrete, you can garden in pots, buckets or other containers.

A favourite with the children will be strawberries.  If the children help you plant strawberries, don’t plan on using them for dessert or to make jam.  Most of the juicy berries will disappear down small throats as soon as they ripen.

This is the beauty of having the children helping you prepare the garden – they will realise where their food comes from.  They may even start to make connections with meat, milk and eggs for example.

Sunflowers also provide a quick result that is so important for kids in the garden. If you sow sunflowers from seed you’ll only have about a week or so of ‘Have they grown yet?’

Water play

October 3, 2010 | Filed under Inexpensive play

(You MUST supervise this with young children!)

The main ingredients are:

  • The kitchen sink, bathroom hand-basin, a plastic bucket, or a no longer used baby bath
  • Water from the tap
  • Stool or step for child to stand on.

Young …Read more

ABC song

May 6, 2009 | Filed under Inexpensive play

Young children love listening to and singing simple songs.  The ABC song is a favourite of the younger set.  This visual and audio version …Read more

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