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Tinkerlab Art Start Challenge - Chalk it up!

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Tinkerlab Art Start Challenge - Chalk it up!

Day 2 of the Tinkerlab five day challenge and our Strange Snailers were raring to go. Today's task was simple to set up, great fun and the finished results looked fab. What they used: Chalk Black paper  A small tub of water Masking tape - to keep the paper in place   What they did: Draw, doodle, smudge with the chalks on the pieces of paper.      They experimented with dipping the chalks in water and looked at the different colours that could be achieved.               

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British Science Week 2017

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British Science Week 2017

The theme for this year’s British Science Week is “Change”. The week aims to encourage children to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us - from seasons and climate, to materials and energy.  Here at Strange Snail we love mixing science with activities that we can try out at home. Why not try out some of these:  Experience the thixotropic properties of cornflour slime Turn white flowers into crazy colours See how many different colours you can make in a colour array Our science-inspired discovery boxes include: Planets and Stars, Endangered Animals and Colour...

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Colour array

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Colour array

Colour Array: this is a fantastic colour mixing experiment!  What you will need: Ice cube trays - or any grid of small containers Water Paint or food colouring in the primary colours: red, blue and yellow. Others colours or black or white are a bonus. Old medicine syringe or pipette Put some old ice cube trays together into a grid. We were using poster paints so we put some water into each of the compartments first to water it down a bit. We then put a different colour into each compartment along the top row and mixed it up with the water. We then put a colour...

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Rainbow Wheel

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Rainbow Wheel

Rainbow Wheel: this is a really simple activity to show what happens when primary and secondary colours are spun very quickly.  What you will need:  Card and paper or a paper plate Coloured pencils, pens or paint Glue Scissors Pencil  We decided to create our rainbow wheel on the computer, but you could easily complete this activity by cutting the edges off a paper plate or drawing a large circle on card and then creating your rainbow pattern. We drew a large circle and then divided it up into sections. Each section was then coloured in a primary or secondary colour - red, orange,...

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Colour Changing Flowers

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Colour Changing Flowers

Colour Changing Flowers: This is a great activity to teach your child how a plant takes up water as well as being really simple and fun to do.  What you will need:  White flowers - we used Narcisisi, which look lovely and have a fabulous smell Small jars or vases Food colouring Water Scissors  Pour a small amount of water into each of the jars/vases. Mix in the food colouring, we only had gel food colouring and used about an eighth of a teaspoon but this worked just as well as the liquid. We decided to use four different colours - red, ice blue, purple...

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