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BBC Good Food: Make Your Own Bath Bombs

 

Head over to the BBC Good Food website to try making your very own bath bombs! This is an easy kitchen project that kids will love!

 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-bath-bomb

Kids' Kitchen - How To Make Bath bombs - BBC Good Food

How to make magic INSTANT ice cream 🍦 - BBC Good Food Kids

It's like a science experiment but with ice cream you can eat at the end! Did you know you can make ice cream WITHOUT a freezer? All you need is a bag, some ...

Easy Origami Boomerang (Paper Toys)

Easy Paper Boomerangs - these are so fun to make and even better to play with. Suprising and amazing how well this DIY Paper Toy actually works. See us play ...

RHS School Gardening: Mini Wormery

 

Learn where a worm likes to live and understand their importance for healthy soil and healthy plants.

 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify and name worms and have knowledge of their habitat

  • Understand how worms are adapted to their environment

​​​​​Equipment:

  • 2 litre clear, plastic bottles 

  • Safety scissors

  • Compost or soil or a mixture of both

  • Sharp sand

  • A few worms per bottle

  • Water sprayer to dampen layers

  • Worm food – grated carrot, vegetable peelings, dead leaves, shredded newspaper

 

Preparation:

Cut the top off the bottles if pupils are too young to do this. 
Use a sharp pencil to pierce a hole near top of bottle to make cutting easier.

 

Method:

1. Collect some worms from the garden. Look in the compost heap, under stones in damp places or dig a hole.

2. Cut the top ¼ off the bottle, to make a lid. Make a slit in the side of the lid so that the top can close over the bottom part.

3. Fill the bottle with alternating layers of sand, soil, sand, compost, sand etc. Spray each layer with water so that it is damp.

4. Add a few worms to the top of the bottle and watch them burrow down. Then add the ‘food’ to the top. Wash hands well after handling worms and compost.

5. Wrap the black cardboard around the bottle to make it dark. Worms do not like light and it will encourage them to burrow around the outside of the bottle so they can be observed.

6. Place the wormery in a warm place. Remove the cardboard for observation periods and record findings. Check that the contents are damp and that there is food available for the worms.

7. After 1 week, release the worms back into the garden.

 

Hints & Tips:

  • The layers disappear as the sand and soil mix together and channels appear where the worms have burrowed
  • The food from the top may be dragged downwards 
  • Do not feed the worms citrus fruits or onions

 

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Resources/Activity/Mini-wormery

Dr Chip's Daily (Almost) Dose of . . . 

 

Science, Engineering and Computing activities to try at home.

 

Join Dr Chip live at 10:00am each Tuesday (Computational Thinking Tuesday), Wednesday (Wonder Wednesdays) and Thursday (Tinker like it's Thursday) for a new idea!

 

His YouTube Channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOr8G0NGxQqec1Vc0fwwf4Q/videos but I have posted some of my favourite activities below.

BUILD THE WORLD'S BEST PAPER AEROPLANE

The longest distance a paper aeroplane has ever flown is a whopping 69.14 metres! In this Dose we are going to make the exact plane that set that record and ...

RUNNY RAINBOWS

Did you know you can make art using Skittles, M&Ms or Smarties?! Well let me show you how! In this experiment we're going to explore how to make rainbow-like...

BUILD YOUR OWN LAVA LAMP

Lava lamps are both mesmerising and beautiful to look at and in this Daily Dose we're going to make our own! I'll show you two different ways to make your la...

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