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How to make a Soctopus

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How to make a Soctopus

This is a great use for one of those odd socks that has lost its partner but seems too good to throw out. Most of the items should be readily to hand, and if you don't have any googly eyes you could use circles of felt or fabric. What you need: a sock, cardboard, toy stuffing (or cotton wool), elastic band, googly eyes, scissors, pipe cleaners (optional), glue or sewing needle and thread (optional).  Cut out a piece of cardboard in an oval or egg shape to fit into the toe of your sock. Place the cardboard into the sock and add stuffing both sides of the...

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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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Alien face

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Alien face

Alien Faces  What you will need: Paper Paint  Fold a piece of paper in half and open it up again.  Thickly paint half an alien’s face onto one half of the paper up against the crease.  Fold the paper and squish it down firmly.  Open it up to discover your alien face print.  This activity is simple but highly entertaining.

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Monster stones

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Monster stones

Monster Stones  What you will need: Stones Paint Googley eyes (optional) Imagination  Find your favourite stone, paint it a base colour and leave it to dry.  When dry paint on a monstrous face - how many eyes do you want to give it? Has it got any teeth? Once you've got your finished monster stone it's time to decide what he/she/it should be called. Where does it live? What does it eat? What makes it special? Name: Tooth Cruncher   Tooth Cruncher eats other rocks and stones. When all his eyes are shut he can turn invisible!  Name: Baby Boom Boom Baby Boom Boom is the...

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Roman Wax Tablet

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Roman Wax Tablet

Wax tablets are thought to have been used by the Romans as a re-usable and portable writing surface. You can write on the surface using a pointed stick, or stylus, and then can ‘wipe the slate clean’ by warming the wax and smoothing the surface.  What you need: Cardboard Black and brown crayons or paints Wax - table candles are ideal Skewer or other pointy stick/sharp pencil String (or you can use the wick of the candles you use)  Cut out four rectangles from cardboard of the size that you would like to make your tablet. Cut out a central rectangle from two of these...

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