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Giant Bubbles

You too can make Giant Bubbles! Once you’ve bought in a few bits of kit and some ingredients, there’ll be no stopping you! Both kids & adults love Giant Bubbles, they are awesome. Not only are these bubbles huge, but they float gracefully and the rainbow effect within them is stunning. So beautiful.

First you’ll need to make some bubble wands, then make the bubble juice. Read on to find out how!

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Easy Children’s Rainbow Bath Bomb Recipe

Here’s an easy, children’s recipe on how to make bath bombs. Follow the method below and find out how we have adapted the recipe to make it simpler for children to do. These bath bombs are rainbow coloured too! We also explain the science behind why bath bombs fizz.

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Caterpillars in Webs?

Have you spotted dense webs on hedges and wondered what’s lurking inside? Ever wondered what spider was behind them as they don’t look like a typical spider’s web. Possibly you’ve seen the webs with caterpillars wriggling in them? Well these grubs are not an eight-legged creature’s lunch and that web was spun by those caterpillars.

We spotted these webs, belonging to the Lackey Moth caterpillar, along the coast path near Westward Ho! in north Devon.  Here’s a brief introduction about these creatures, their weird webs, and crazy grown ups!

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Potter Magic & Science

“Potter Magic & Science” is a wonderfully enchanting evening of science & crafty entertainment for adults only! Arrive wearing your finest wizard-inspired outfits and step into an evening experience where science meets magic and creativity.  Potter Magic & Science is at the gothic venue of St Anne’s Art & Community Centre in Barnstaple town centre on September 1st 2019, from 7-10pm. £26 per ticket.

** Grab tickets HERE **

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Make Magnetic Slime

Magnetic Slime….it moves….it slides…..it gobbles up magnets…….this slime is alive!!

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Slimey Science fun at home making magnetic slime. Read on to find out how to make magnetic slime & watch the video too…..

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Robot Wars at Ilfracombe Library

A brilliant hands-on electronic Space robot making workshop on July 31st from 10-11am at Ilfracombe Library, The Candar, Ilfracombe EX34 9DS

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Make Fluorescent Glowing Liquid

Make amazing glowing liquid at home using the insides of a yellow highlighter pen!

This is so easy to do!

Extracting the fluorescent liquid from a highlighter pen to make glowing liquid is so easy, you should try it for an eye-opening science experiment.

We had a go at extracting fluorescein at home recently and we were amazed at how bright the fluorescent liquid was. The kids loved it, just pouring it into the containers was really satisfying. We wrote secret messages with it and drew pictures too, which looked awesome under UV light! Fluorescein from these pens is safe to handle too – win:win!

Lets see how we did it and watch the video…..

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Why do scorpions glow under UV light?

Did you know this?!

Last week at the Science & Nature Easter Holiday club, we met Spike – the scorpion. Spike’s owner, Ranger Russ, taught us loads about all his animals that he brought in for us to see, such as Millie the Millipede, Chomper the Tarantula, and Clive the 12ft python! However I was particularly intrigued by Spike’s special ability to glow under a UV torch, so I looked into this phenomenon a bit more and here’s what I found out…..

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Fireworks in a Jar

3 easy steps you’ve got to try!

Fireworks in a Jar is one of our favourite demonstrations and is so easy to do.

The colours explode into the water and create a tumbling rainbow which is mesmerising to watch, the colourful columns change shape as they gracefully fall, and new colours are formed as the original ones mix together.

This activity is not just pretty to look at, it creates an opportunity for talking and teaching about immiscible liquids, garvity & diffusion, which all play a part in this colourful display.

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Robot Wars at Wiveliscombe Library

A brilliant hands-on electronic robot designing & making workshop on May 30th from 5 – 6.30pm at Wiveliscombe Library, 9 The Square, Wiveliscombe, Taunton TA4 2JT

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