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Magic Show

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The little men wanted to do something special for me so they put on a magic show and organised a few other ‘magical’ activities for us to do together.

– magic maths questions (inspired by this)

– magic triangle maths (idea here)

– read-rhyme-write magic hats

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– magically appearing star (instructions here)

– magically moving pepper (instructions here)


– magician’s rabbit craft





We’ve been exploring space here recently.


– Mission control station for pretend play



– Pop rockets (instructions here)



– Identifying space objects wrapped in foil (inspired by this and this)

– Adding to 10 with moon rocks

– One-to-one correlation with moon rocks in craters



– Rocket lunch


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– Balancing planets (balls on golf tees in play dough. Inspired by this)

– Sensory space play with play dough and dried beans and space objects

– Painting moons (idea from here)




I like to take the opportunity of Valentine’s Day to talk to the boys about God’s love for us and our love for God and each other, this year using 1 John 3 as we did so. If you would like to read more about God’s love I would recommend this article by Paul Tripp.

– matching verses and answering simple questions about love

– bicarb soda and vinegar fizzing hearts

– crayon resist heart paintings

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Back to School


We have been playing school quite a bit lately with a preschooler and kindergartener eager to start the year (which runs calendar year here in Australia).


– Story about what the little men are looking forward to

– School cake

– Noun-adjective-verb sort

– Tissue paper apples

– Dot number match

– Apple science (oxidation)

– Letter hunt

– Vocabulary expansion word profiles

– Letter stamp painting


We hope your little ones get off to a great start this school year!



The little man has been enjoying some science activities at preschool lately and has organised me to do some at home.kerienesciencereactions

– science snacks

– comparing reactions (bicarb soda and vinegar vs hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing liquid and yeast)


– finding items that magnets attract

– taste testing with and without sight (idea from here)

– silly sentence test tubes


– measurement with coloured water, syringes, droppers, jugs, cups and spoons


– colour mixing

– multiplication (finding answers on beakers that match those on flasks)


– test tube bubbly painting



This week the cold inspired some penguin activities in our household.


– melting ice to find which will free the penguins fastest using warm water, salt, sugar and vinegar (idea from here)

– feeding the penguin letters written on fish

– cutting snowflakes

– cardboard tube penguins


– fizzing snow dough (recipe from here)

– painting with cotton buds

– using snowballs to knock over rhyming words

– banana penguin snack (idea from here via here and here)



The weather has kept us inside more than usual, “hibernating like bears” as the little man put it.


– bear cake

– fork bear painting (idea from here)

– painting with pine needles and pinecones

– our little baby bear


– autumn leaf crowns (idea from here)

– gummy bear science (instructions here)

– teddy bears picnic

– bear toast (this idea is in lots of places, I first saw it here)


– matching bears to make compound words

– origami bears (instructions here)

– tying bows

– bear sums (sums on ping pong balls to throw into the cup with the correct answer)

– textured bears (contact, cardboard, sandpaper and felt)



Science is always popular at our place so being scientists was always going to be fun.


– dancing worms (instructions here)

– fizzy painting (instructions here)

– electric lemon (not pictured)

More science activities here. xo

Egg Science

The little man was recently given a science kit which he loves so with Easter approaching and so many experiments that use eggs we decided to have some fun with egg science. We also talked about new life and Jesus’ resurrection which we celebrate at Easter.

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ~ Luke 24:6-7 (NIV)


Shedding eggs – dissolving the shell off eggs in vinegar. Then we used these naked eggs as bouncing eggs (instructions here). These are so much fun.

– Egg scientist (idea from here via here)


– Swinging Eggs (instructions here)


Shrinking eggs (with a naked egg in a sugar solution. Instructions here. We also used a raw egg in another sugar solution to compare.)

– Ordering eggs by size

Spinning eggs (raw vs hard boiled eggs). We also used raw and hard boiled eggs for rolling eggs and squeezing eggs (instructions here).


Floating eggs (instructions here). We also tried raw vs hard boiled eggs to see whether they sink or float.


Exploding egg (the little man loves making volcanoes so we decided an eggshell would be a good container for one. We just combined bicarb soda with vinegar coloured red).

– Word match and spell using the little man’s science kit (idea from here)


{If you are interested in doing some Easter experiments there are lots of sites with ideas such as here, here, here and here, and my favourite is here.}



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