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Fun Science Experiments and Investigations

Here are some science experiments that you can do at home. We will add new ones weekly to the top of the page, but leave the old ones, so you can re-visit favourites.

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25.5.20- Growing A Beanstalk and Cress Heads- Half term task

You will have (or will really soon) received envelope of seeds with the same instructions as below. Keep a bean diary and measure your beanstalk at least once per week. I wonder what your bean needs to grow tall and strong?

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Send us photos of your cress heads. Have you put a funny face on yours? How long is their hair? We wonder how you will eat your cress.

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Biodegradable Plant Pots

If you want to protect the environment and avoid using a plastic pot, or if you have not other container, then have a go at making a biodegradable pot from things you can find at home. Our suggestions are newspaper or cardboard tubes. 

Newspaper plant pot

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Cut a strip of newspaper.

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Roll around a glass or jar to create the shape you need.

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Fold the bottom under to create a base.

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Fold the top inwards to strenghten your structure.

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Fill with compost or soil, and push your bean in to the middle, just below the surface.

Cardboard tube plant pot

make 4 snips, about 2cm long at oposite sides of the tube.

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fold them, each on top of the previous. The 4th will tuck in like a cardboard box lid.

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Your pot is now ready to fill.

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Growing your own fruit and vegetables

Did you know how easy it is to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home? You don't need much to get started and you probably already have it all at home. Videos of how to do this are on YouTube, however we have put the easy steps in pictures below. 

Peppers

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Melon

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Soak between damp kitchen towel then plant.

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Sweetcorn

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Walnut

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Soak until it sprouts then plant in compost/soil.

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Tomatos

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Strawberry

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Cut sections from the outside and plant in compost/soil. 

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Mini Beast Hunting- Look What minibeasts the teachers have found this week.

Can you spot any minibeasts in your home, garden our while out on your walks? Take some pictures and send them in.

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Did you know there are many different types of bees? Which ones have you seen this week?

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Bee Waggle Dance

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When a worker discovers a good source of nectar or pollen, she will return to the hive to perform a waggle dance to let her nest mates know where it lies. A bee performs thewaggle dance when she wants to inform other bees of a nectar source she has found.

Patterns in Nature

There are patterns everywhere in our world. On plants, trees, on animals, insects and in environments.

Can you research some more patterns?

Can you send us pictures of new ones that you have found?

Can you choose your favourite amd design a new t-shirt for Willbee?

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Experiments and Investigations

These will be updated with a new gallery of experiments to try, as we find new ideas. 

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Explorify

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Explorify has a huge range activities that you can do at home. They also direct you to other fun science sites 

For the link to the page -Click Here

Ice Fishing

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Dry-wipe Pen Science

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Growing and Planting

A parent shared that they had received this planting box for free when they spent over £20 at M&S. They are now having lots of fun growing their own vegetables.

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Grow your own Vegetables

Did you know that you can grow your own vegetables at home from the cut off tips of root vegetables. All you need is a shallow tray/dish and some water. Onve they have started sproting roots, transfer them into a pot of compost. Once they are ready to eat cook your healthy meals. Jamies Oliver has lots of recipes for cooking what ever you have in the cupboards. Search for 'Jamie Oliver- Keep cooking and carry on'. Nothing will go to waste again. 

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Rainbow Skittles

Make your own rainbow with this simple experiment. All you need is a plate, some skittles and a bit of water.

Arrange the skilltles around the egde of a plate in a repeating colour pattern. 

Pour some water onlt toe play intil it reaches the outer edge of the skittles. 

Watch the magic happen.

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Once the colour has all disappears of course you can still eat them. You could make sure theya re all white and play guess the flavour. 

The Dad Lab Experiments

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Bubbles maker

Make your own bubbles with this very easy method. You only need a plastic bottle and an odd sock.

Cut the bottom of the bottle off, pull the sock tight over the bottle.

Add washing up liquid to a dish of shallow water.

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Dip the bottom of the sock covered bottle in the bubble mixture and blow. Who can make the longest bubble snake? What happens if it is windy?

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Getting used to blowing for a longer period of time will exercise their lungs too.

Super Cool Soda

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Paper Hovercrafts

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