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Monday Week 1: Blow a Balloon Up with a Bottle

Are you ready to create some colourful (safe) explosions? Join Anna today to conduct some fun experiments using coloured vinegar and baking soda to see what happens when you mix the two ingredients together! 

You will even be able to watch a balloon on top of the bottle being blown up by the reaction. 

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here.

Materials:

  • Balloon
  • Plastic or Glass Bottle
  • 2 Funnels
  • 1/3 Cup Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • Food Colouring

Instructions:

1. Using a funnel, pour vinegar into the bottle.

2. Insert the other funnel into the top of the balloon and pour 2 teaspoons of baking soda into the balloon (if using one funnel, make sure it is clean and dry between steps).

3. Keeping the baking soda inside the balloon, secure the balloon over the top of the bottle.

4. Hold the bottle and drop the baking soda into the bottle by lifting the balloon up.

5. And up, up, up it will blow!

 

Tune into Challenge #1 on our Youtube Channel here 

 

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Tuesday Week 1: Make a Lava Lamp

We know that lava lamps are super cool so why not make one for yourself? The perfect accessory for your bedroom.

Join Anna to see what happens when you mix oil and water and watch as the bottle comes to life! 

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Materials:

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Water
  • Food Colouring
  • Bottle with a Lid (if you want to keep it)
  • Alka-Seltzer Tablet
  • Torch
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Jar for Mixing

Instructions:

1. Fill the bottle with water to 1/4 full.

2. Add vegetable oil and fill to about 3cm from the top (leave enough room for bubbles to not overflow).

3. Add about 10 drops of food colouring. Observe what happens to the food colouring droplets.

4. Break the Alka-Seltzer tablet into 4 pieces and drop 1 piece into the bottle. Wow!

5. Once the reaction settles down, you can add another piece.

6. For a cool effect, shine a torch behind the bottle.

7. If you want to keep it, make sure all of the gases have disappeared before putting the lid on, otherwise it may explode. Then you can enjoy tipping it back and forth and watching the water and oil roll around.

 

Tune into Challenge #2 on our Youtube Channel here 

 

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Wednesday Week 1: Galaxy Jar

Feel like you're travelling outer space with your very own galaxy jar!

Join Anna to create your jar using cotton wool, paints, water, glitter and stars. Cosmic!

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Materials:

  • Glass Jar
  • Cotton Wool Balls
  • Glitter (variety of favourite colours, stars, etc.)
  • Acrylic Paints (3-4 colours)
  • Blackboard Label or Cardboard
  • Containers to Mix Paint
  • Water
  • Mixing Stick

Instructions: 

1. Place paint into the separate containers.

2. Mix water into each container (enough of each colour to end up filling jar - add more paint for brightness). 

3. Fill bottom of jar with spread out cotton wool (if you have 4 colours then fill about 1/4 of jar for first paint colour).

4. Add a good sprinkle of glitter and stars.

5. Pour first colour into jar slowly to how much you want that colour to be in the jar. Gently swirl around a little but don't shake it.

6. Next, add the next layer of cotton wool and then repeat with glitter and paint.

7. Continue with another layer of cotton wool, glitter and paint until all colours are used and the bottle is full.

8. At the end you can stir slightly to mix colours and create an amazing looking galaxy!

9. Finish by tying a label around the top of the jar or sticking it on with your favourite quote.

 

 

Tune into Challenge #3 on our Youtube Channel here 

 

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Thursday Week 1: Stone Designs

Did you know that you can make all kinds of crafty things with stones and rocks? And to think you can easily get these straight from your garden! 

Join Anna to create tealight holders, tic-tac-toe, and heat mats for a teapot to name a few.

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Stone Heat Mat

Materials:

  • Flat Stones or Pot Toppers (small)
  • Cork Head Mat or Similar
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions:

1. Design patterns on the mat with the stones and glue them on.

 

Stone Family Tealight Holder

Materials:

  • 3-5 Flat Stones (approx. 5cm x 3cm)
  • 1 Large Base Rock (preferably flat)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • White and Black Permanent Textas (or paint pens)
  • Tea Light Candle

Instructions:

1. Draw eyes and a smiley face on each small flat stone.

2. Attach them in a row to the large rock using the glue gun.

3. Place the tealight candle on the flat rock.

 

Recycled Candle Holder

Materials:

  • Any Glass Jar
  • Flat Glass Stones (small - approx. 10-15mm)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Tea Light Candle

Instructions:

1. Use the glue gun and stick the glass stone in sequence, starting by going around the bottom of the jar.

 

Stone Tic-Tac-Toe

Materials:

  • 10 Flat Stones (approx. 5cm x 3cm)
  • Permanent Texta (or paint pen in 2 colours)
  • Material Bag

Instructions:

1. Draw a Tic-Tac-Toe game plan on the front of the bag.

2. Draw circles on 5 stones and crosses on 5 stones, preferably in 2 separate colours.

3. Enjoy a game with friends or family!

 

Tune into Challenge #4 on our Youtube Channel here 

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Friday Week 1: Chocolate Heaven

Have fun in the kitchen with Anna making a mouth-watering Snickers Milkshake followed by learning how to create some fun and awesome chocolate designs including chocolate bowls to put ice-cream inside and chocolate garnishes you can use to decorate the final product. 

Oh and did we mention you will be able to put the chocolate garnishes in the whipped cream on top of the milkshake? Yum mo! 

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Chocolate Garnish

Materials:

  • 1 Block Dark Compound Chocolate
  • 1 Block White Compound Chocolate
  • Piece of Bubble Wrap
  • Snap Lock Bag (Medium)
  • Scissors
  • Tray
  • Baking Paper
  • Ice Cream, Strawberries and Mint Leaf

Instructions:

1. Melt chocolate in microwave in a bowl.

2. Place baking paper on a tray. Place melted chocolate in the snap lock bag. Cut a tiny piece of the corner off. Use this as a piping bag to pipe various designs onto your baking paper. Place in fridge to set. 

3. Place bubble wrap on a tray. Spread melted chocolate over the bubble wrap with a spatula. Use a straw to pierce holes. Place in freezer. Once set, cut shapes or break pieces off to use as garnish.

4. Cut squares of baking paper. Pour melted chocolate in and peg up the sides with clothes pegs. Place in fridge to set. When ready, peel baking paper off and fill with a scoop of ice-cream. Garnish ice-cream with a chocolate design.

 

Snickers Milkshake

Materials:

  • 1 Snickers Bar
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Chocolate Sauce
  • Can Whipped Cream

Instructions:

1. Blend Snickers bar, ice-cream, milk and chocolate sauce together. Taste test and add more milk if desired.

2. Serve into a glass and top with whipped cream and garnish with your favourite chocolate design.

 

Tune into Challenge #5 on our

Youtube Channel here

 

 

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Monday Week 2: Egg-Xperiments

Have fun with Anna learning all of the different things that eggs can do ... scientifically that is! There will be bouncing eggs, floating eggs, eggs in a bottle and hard boiled eggs. 

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Float or Sink

Materials:

  • 2 Tall Drinking Glasses
  • Salt
  • Water
  • 2 Eggs

Instructions:

1. Carefully place an egg in glass of plain water.

2. Place salt into second glass and carefully place second egg into glass with salt.

3. Notice what happens to each egg.

 

Boiled or Raw

Materials:

  • 2 Raw Eggs
  • 1 Hard-Boiled Egg

Instructions:

1. Spin the three eggs and notice which one generally spins the longest.

 

Bouncy Egg

Materials:

  • 1 Raw Egg
  • Glass or Jar
  • White Vinegar

Instructions:

1. Carefully place the raw egg into a glass of vinegar and leave for 2-3 days. When the egg becomes translucent you it's ready.

2. Remove the egg from the glass and gently rinse under tap water.

3. Whilst rinsing, gently rub the outside of the egg and a white film will come off leaving you with a translucent egg. It should feel rubbery.

4. Hold it 15cm above a surface and drop to see if it bounces. Always be sure to bounce it onto a place or a container just in case it breaks!

 

Egg in a Bottle

Materials:

  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg (shell removed)
  • Glass Bottle with a Small Opening
  • Boiling Water

Instructions:

1. Boil an egg and remove the shell.

2. Pour boiling water into half of a bottle.

3. Place egg in opening of bottle and watch as it should suck into the bottle.

 

Tune into Challenge #6 on our Youtube Channel here

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Tuesday Week 2: Elephant Toothpaste

What do you get when you mix Hydrogen Peroxide with yeast? Enough oozing toothpaste for an elephant to brush its teeth with! 

You do not want to miss out on this science activity with Anna.

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Materials:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Gloves
  • 2 Tablespoons Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Yeast
  • 1/2 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide (3% or 6%)
  • Squirt of Dishwashing Liquid
  • Food Colouring
  • Empty Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Tray to Catch Overflow if Inside!

Instructions:

1. Pour hydrogen peroxide into the empty bottle.

2. Add a few drops of food colouring.

3. Add the dishwashing liquid to this mixture.

4. Then in a separate container combine water and yeast and mix until dissolved.

5. Pour the mixture of yeast and water into the bottle, stand back and watch what happens.

Note: the foam is safe to touch because it is soap, water and oxygen and be sure to feel the temperature of the bottle.

 

Tune into Challenge #7 on our Youtube Channel here

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Wednesday Week 2: Zen Glitter Jar

Join Anna to make your very own sensory jar that will keep you calm for hours. Keep it on your desk or in your bedroom for ultimate zen time.

Using various liquids, food colouring and different glitter! 

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Materials:

  • Clear Jar/Bottle
  • Warm Water
  • Clear Glue
  • 1 Teaspoon Glycerin
  • Glitter (different grains, textures, shapes, colours, etc.)
  • 1 Drop of Food Colouring (optional)

Instructions:

1. Fill 1/3 of your glass bottle with warm water. 

2. Add about 175ml of clear glue.

3. Use a whisk to mix it up and/or shake it/stir it to mix the water and glue.

4. Start adding your favourite colours and styles of glitter. Pour it in, adding all different colours and varieties of glitter. Mix it up.

5. Add the glycerin.

6. Add more warm water and fill to the top. Place the lid of the jar on and superglue and/or place tape around the top of the jar for safety measures.

7. If it's too thick and clumpy, simply add more water and add coins or marbles in it to help mix it when you shake it. And if it's not mixing properly you can always put it in a saucepan on the stove top and heat it together.

 

Tune into Challenge #8 on our Youtube Channel here

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Thursday Week 2: Bath Bombs

Razzle dazzle your family and friends with gorgeous bath bombs ... or simply relax in your own bath. 

Join Anna to learn how to make these yourself! 

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Materials:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Bi-Carb Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Citric Acid
  • 24 Drops of Your Favourite Essential Oils
  • 2 Teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil or Light Vegetable Oil
  • Food Colouring
  • 1 Large Bowl/1 Small Bowl
  • Bath Bomb Molds, Silicone Muffin Pan Molds or Cookie Cutters
  • Rubber Gloves

Instructions:

1. Sieve together bi-carb soda and citric acid in a large mixing bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, mix 6 drops essential oils, 1/2 teaspoon oil and food colour to make 1 bath bomb. With gloves on, add 1/2 cup of the dry mixture and mix into the oil mixture slowly, working the oil mixture into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it stays together.

3. Grease the mold with oil and firmly pack the mixture into the mold.

4. Repeat the process with the remainder of the mixture for each bath bomb.

5. Leave to set for 24-36 hours before removing the mold.

Note: some people have skin sensitivities to certain products. If irritation to the skin occurs, discontinue use. 

 

Tune into Challenge #9 on our Youtube Channel here

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Friday Week 2: Super Smoothies

Smoothies are a perfect way to enjoy fresh fruits or an easy breakfast especially as we come into the warmer months. 

Join Anna to create your own tropical and breakfast smoothies.

To conduct this experiment please see below required materials and instructions. Alternatively you can view and print the document here

Sweet Sunrise Smoothie

Materials:

  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Cup Frozen Pineapple or Fresh
  • Mint Leaf (optional)
  • Red Food Colouring
  • Blender
  • Orange Juice Squeezer
  • Water
  • Ice Cubes
  • Glass

Instructions:

1. Juice the orange using an orange squeezer or juicer and place in the blender. 

2. Add the pineapple - using frozen will make it more like a thicker smoothie.

3. Add the mint leaf if you like mint.

4. Blend all together.

5. Drop a drop of red food colouring into the bottom of the glass and place in the ice cubes. 

6. Pour the smoothie into a glass, garnish with a mint leaf, slice of orange on the side of the glass or a party umbrella.

 

Breakfast Smoothie

Materials:

  • 1/4 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Milk of Choice (dairy, almond, rice, soy)
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • 2 Drops Vanilla Essence

Instructions:

1. Blend together to create a delicious smoothie. Add more milk to favourite consistency.

 

Berry Nice

Materials:

  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 Cup Milk of Choice (dairy, almond, rice, soy)
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter

Instructions:

1. Blend together and add more milk to favourite consistency. Can be used as a sorbet with less milk.


Tune into Challenge #10 on our Youtube Channel here