Simple science with kids: things that roll

Simple science with kids - things that roll

Simple science with kids - things that roll

Rocky loves anything that rolls – wheeled toys are his favourites from prams to trucks, balls and walkers. He will often find a wheeled toy and flip it on it’s back just for the pure pleasure of being able to spin those wheels. One day I thought we’d have some fun with all things roly poly asked Pebble the question:

What can we find in the house that rolls? 

Simple science with kids - things that roll

We found lots of things! Balls, trucks, cars, ride ons, cylinder blocks and rattles. Pebble pulled them all in to a pile and I asked the question:

How can we make these things move? 

Pebble, with Rocky joining in, pushed and pulled the toys and showed how they moved, brrrrming and beeping and  rolling. They rolled the ball to each other, Rocky is getting quite good at that. They played cars on the car mat.

Then Pebble had an idea! She made a little ramp with one of the couch cushions and sat with Rocky on the couch. Together they took turns (kind of) pushing toys down the hill and chasing them, then doing it all again. There was lots of giggling and only a little bit of fighting. Winning!

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What next? We might try these simple science ideas:

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Exploring rock pools

Family outing - exploring rock pools

We had a family outing to the beach recently, just before “everything happened“. This moment seems even more important than ever these days. It’s so important to carve out time with your loved ones like this. The beach that we visited is full of interesting rock pools to explore and Pebble had a ball climbing over rocks and peering at small creatures. Read on for rock pool play ideas at home.

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Try these fun ideas for beach inspired play at home:

Special thanks to Muddlarks for sending us Pebble’s weather-proof pants (and a jacket for her, plus a pair of pants and a jacket for Rocky!). I love that the pants have a little elastic which slips under each foot, keeping them snug inside your boots and helping to keep feet dry. You can get your own Muddlarks from the online shop, they have some great specials on at the moment too. I was not paid to write about Muddlarks. All opinions are my own.

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When life gives you lemons…

10 ways to cook learn play and create with lemons   Welcome to your weekly dose of gratitude! I’m choosing to focus on everything bright and sunny in this dreary winter weather. I’ve got a bowl full of fresh lemons on my kitchen counter and there are so many possibilities! For something a little different this week, here’s a bunch of ways to bring sunny, lemony goodness into your day, because I’m grateful for lemons!

lemon delicious pudding (Baby Mac)

lemon scented play dough (Laughing Kids Learn)

homemade lemonade (Learning 4 Kids)

lemon ricotta muffins (Frills in the Hills)

slow cooker lemon chicken (Planning with Kids)

lemon and sultana biscones (2 Plus 1)

hummus and tabouli (Just for Daisy)

zucchini pasta with lemony garlic sauce (Fat Mum Slim)

lemon butter and lemon craft (Mummy Musings and Mayhem)

lemon science play (One Perfect Day)

17 Ways to Play, Create and Learn with Tempera Paint

 17 Ways to Play, Learn and Create with Tempera PaintI was looking through our photos over the weekend and came across these pics of Pebble have a great time in the summer sunshine, exploring with tempura paints. I had grabbed a few bits and pieces from our art cupboard and our kitchen, then Pebble spent a lovely afternoon scooping, sprinkling, squeezing and spraying.

It was lots of fun and made me want to look for more things to do with our tempera paint stash. I found sixteen more super fun ways to play, create and learn with this colourful powder. Read on to find out more about how Pebble played and more fun ideas.

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What we used:

  • tempera powder paints
  • kitchen sieve
  • spoons
  • spray bottle filled with water
  • paper
  • water tub

The way we played:

  • sprinkling paint over paper and it with spraying water
  • sprinkling paint into a water tub and mixing it
  • spraying water onto the slide and seeing it evaporate
  • floating paper in the water tub, sprinkling it with paint and spraying it with more water.

The stuff we learned:

  • squeezing (fine motor)
  • colour mixing
  • cause and effect
  • evaporation

16 MORE ways to play, create and learn with tempera paints:

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15 Ways to Play and Learn with Balloons

15 Ways to Play and Learn with Balloons

Balloons are a very handy play and learning tool to have in the house. If you have a bag of balloons there is so much playing, creating and learning to be done. Try some of these awesome ideas.

  1. Blow up balloons, throw streamers around the room, put on some music and play pretend parties (pictured). You could even write out invites and make a pretend birthday cake with play dough.
  2. Make a cute squeezy ball for sensory play (Laughing Kids Learn).
  3. Science fun with this DIY Water Fountain (Learn with Play at Home)
  4. Science play and sensory fun with balloons and water (Teach Preschool)
  5. A super simple balloon game to encourage eye tracking (Lessons Learnt Journal)
  6. Create a balloon surprise birthday countdown (Imagination Tree)
  7. Water balloon maths! (No Time for Flash Cards)
  8. Make Bouncy balloon paintings (Picklebums)
  9. Make and play balloon rockets (A Little Learning for Two)
  10. Outdoor fun with balloon sprinklers (Adventures at Home with Mum)
  11. Floating fish craft (At Home with Ali)
  12. Back yard water park with a water balloon pool (Learning 4 Kids)
  13. Balloon kite (Paint on the Ceiling)
  14. DIY Walking Balloon Pet (Green Owl Art)
  15. Water balloon sight words (Royal Baloo)
  16. Fine motor fishing fun (Mummy Musings and Mayhem)


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