Showing posts with label #learningisfun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #learningisfun. Show all posts

Sunday, 18 March 2018

... Booms, Bangs! Fizzes ....

Last week was British Science Week and to celebrate the last day of it, we brought Science into the home with the help of John Adams Booms, Bangs! Fizzes explosive messy science set!

 'Booms Bangs and Fizzes, a totally cool science set that allows you to create a whole heap of noisy, messy, bubbling, fizzing, explosive experiments in your home.  
Have loads of fun whilst learning about the science of why things explode, froth and make loud noises.'


The set has 12 fun experiments to try, there's an experiment to suit everyone.
  1. Film Canister Rocket,
  2. Jet Engine Balloon Screamer,
  3. Bike Pump Rocket Ship,
  4. Erupting Underwater Volcano,
  5. Confetti Shower Explosion,
  6. Exploding Lunch Bag,
  7. Paper Banger,
  8. Water Bomb,
  9. Indoor Lightning,
  10. Rock Salt Depth Charge,
  11. Mad Fizzing Potion 1,
  12. Mad Fizzing Potion 2.

The set includes all the important bits you need for those experiments with just a handful needing a few extras that you'll be able to find around the house.

I had planned to get the boys in the garden and let them loose on some of the messy experiments but unfortunately, it snowed again and was ridiculously chilly, so we stayed inside and picked a few of the non-messy ones.

Our first one was Indoor Lightning.




For this, we just needed a pen lid and some sticky tape.
The lid is to make a handle for the aluminium tray.

You have to rub the Lightning Styrene Sheet on your hair really fast then drop it on to the carpet, then from about 30cm, you drop the tray onto it.
Then you place your finger on the tray, without touching the Styrene sheet and you should hear a crackle and feel a slight shock.

We did this a few times and found that it only really worked on Oscar's hair. So he turned into our rubber!

Once we had all felt the mini shock we tried the next step trying to see the lightning...


To do this you are meant to repeat the rubbing of the Styrene sheet and dropping it on the carpet then picking up the tray by the pen lid handly then very slowly bringing your other finger towards the sheet.
You should then see a lightning spark and hear a crack.

Unfortunately, we didnt see any lightning but we did hear the crack.
The boys were all really impressed with this, and still very desperate to make their own lightning.
So this will be an experiment we'll be trying again!



Our next experiment was Jet Engine Balloon Screamer.

Everything needed for this experiment was included in the pack, we just had to make up the rocket!
The boys all helped with the making of the rocket and setting up the chairs.
I was only going to do a short distance between the two chairs, but they decided it would be better if we did it the whole length of the kitchen.

We enlisted Daddy to lend a hand so I could get the picture of the rocket in action.
Our first attempt didn't actually manage to do anything but make a noise.
So after a little pep talk from the boys, Daddy blew the rocket balloon even bigger and then picked up one chair, so that it was at a slight angle to the other.
And whooooooooosh the Rocket was zooming across the kitchen.

The boys all giggled with delight.







Our last experiment was the Paper Banger.

Again this was included in the set and all you have to do is some fancy folding and then BANG!
I discovered I have pretty weak arm strength, so I couldn't actually get the thing to bang, so Daddy was called back into the kitchen and he showed the boys what it really could do. Their faces were priceless.
It made a pretty awesome Bang!
Jon did it a few times but in the end got a bit carried away and did it too hard, it actually ripped the paper.


We all really enjoyed our mini science morning in the kitchen and can't wait for the weather to warm up so we can get in the garden to do some messy experiments.

Boom, Bangs! Fizzes is recommended for ages 7 upwards.
RRP £19.95 
You can buy it on Amazon


Friday, 20 January 2017

Breaking Screen Time With Clementoni Toys

Im back with some fab Clementoni toys that are guaranteed to get your kids away from their beloved tablets and get playing!


First up is the Tumbling Car
aimed at 2-4 yr olds,
Simple controls,
Car can do somersaults,
 It is ideal for learning numbers, space perception and for stimulating recognition of the relationship between cause and effect.
You can buy it from amazon for £18.15.

Rupert absolutely loved the tumbling car, I haven't seen him so taken with a toy in a long while!
He found the controls easy to use and loved watching the car take tumbles.
It was great watching him figure things out, such as when he drove the car into a wall, he had to press the other button to make the car move away.

A really great toy and I know it will be played with endlessly in the mini beast household!



Next up is an Interactive Quiz Puzzle....
I didn't even know you could get interactive puzzles, so imagine my excitement when I opened up the box.


I had to explain it to the twins, they were nearly as impressed as I was.
Oscar though did love the magic pen you use to answer the questions.
The boys all love Blaze and the Monster Machines, so were keen to get the puzzle out.

The boys took no time building it, we all worked together and even Rupert placed a few pieces in the correct spots.

Puzzles are a great way of having fun with out a screen being involved.
Doing a puzzle in a team or on your own is just as enjoyable.
The twins love sitting at the table and cracking on with a puzzle and you can see how proud they are of themselves once they've finished one.

Having an added bonus of the puzzle being interactive was great, they spent ages trying to figure out the right answers to the questions and then they quizzed each other.
Most nights before dinner they know would rather get the puzzle out than sit and watch the telly.

You can get the puzzle from amazon for £15.99


**I was sent the products as part of my brand ambassadorship for Clementoni toys, 
All thoughts are my own!