Blow Painting

June 10, 2011

// // // ]]> Here is one of those easy craft activities for kids that uses the technique of blow painting to bring the world of micro-organisms to life! At a certain age, usually around the threes to fours, I find that Little Sparks become obsessed by the notion of ‘germs’.  I guess this partly arises from their recent [...]

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Static Popcorn

June 7, 2011

This is a super fun kids science experiment for demonstrating static that even the Littlest Sparks can enjoy and take part in safely. We ended up leaving our apparatus out all week because our Little Sparks were so fascinated by this exploration of static electricity that they kept returning to it again and again to try out different [...]

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Super Saturated Sugar Strings

May 31, 2011

Making your own rock candy isn’t just a tasty treat, it is a great way for kids to learn about solutions and the changing properties of substances.  This is surely everybody’s favourite science fair project! Remember however, that some patience is called for so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete this – we’d say two [...]

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Messy Play For Toddlers – Flour

May 27, 2011

Baking at Raising Sparks is never just about baking.  (Worthy though that is!) It is, of course, about developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  It is also about mathematics: sorting, counting and measuring.  Then it is about science: observing materials, mixing them, and transforming them. Baking is about rhythm – we have a song for [...]

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Capillary Action In Plants

May 24, 2011

Capillary action is vital to life processes and is the name given to the way that water moves through things.  This is an intriguing science project for even the Littlest Sparks, which demonstrates the movement of water through plants. For this science project you will need: A small bunch of white carnations. Food dye of various colours – we always [...]

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The Great E-Scape

May 20, 2011

There is nothing lovelier than being able to  escape outside into the sunshine, especially if you have a lot of bright Little Sparks to keep entertained. Everybody enjoys the sense of freedom after long winters and rainy days. I love the way that small children are magnetically drawn to dandelions – the walk to school [...]

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Styrofoam Prints

May 17, 2011

We never like to throw anything away here at Raising Sparks.  What is pure junk to other people we squirrel away in our storecupboard where it waits for its moment to arrive, be that a kids’ craft activity or kids’ science experiment.  And the moment ALWAYS does arrive! So next time you are thinking of tucking [...]

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A Game Of Inertia

May 13, 2011

Our eldest Little Spark turned eleven this week so we have been busy devising games and party tricks for our party this weekend.  Now while studying Newton’s laws of motion might not seem like everybody’s idea of a good party, especially after a week of school exams, we’ve come up with a game that seems to get our Little Sparks all fired [...]

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