Saturday, 20 February 2016

Science birthday party.

I love a good challenge and I have found that as a parent I just have to keep learning. Over the last few years I had requests to make a triceratops cake, to prepare Mulan/China themed party, Frozen party (of course!!!), dinosaur party. This year it was the science party! I had lots of fun preparing it and thought I might share some of the experiments that are very easy to prepare. I only have a few snapshots because I was doing the experiments at the same time, but  hope you find some of the ideas useful.
I used this idea for the invitations - Science party invitation. I was too lazy, so ours didn't have "sleeves" and "pockets".


We started off with the walking water experiment. I run it first because it's interesting to keep checking the progress as the time goes by. There are different ways of doing it, but you need a few clear cups, blue, yellow and red food colouring and kitchen towel. If you arrange them in a circle you would need to fill 3 cups with water and different food colour, if you arrange them in the line, you would need an extra cup with red water. Between those cups you need to place empty clear cups. Then you need to fold kitchen towel and connect all the cups. The water would then get absorbed into paper towels and "travel" into the empty cups and mix inside them. Here is an example with just 3 cups - http://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/walking-water-science-experiment-kids/

I didn't take any photographs in the beginning but that's what it looked like at the end -


We had another simple experiment about different colours - we filled test tube with liquids with different density. There are many options, I chose 3 we had on hand: blue washing up liquid, water with red food dye and just vegetable oil on top - 3 layers. Then some kids experiments and shook the test tubes and then we checked if the layers separate again. Here is the link to see how to make lots of different layers - http://kindergartenlifestyle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/liquid-rainbow.html?m=1
We made a volcano from a plastic cup and foil. I filled the cup with 3 spoons of soda, 1 spoon of washing up liquid, 1 spoon of water. We then added vinegar and watched the foam overflow. Then, another experiment based on soda and vinegar reaction. You only need empty bottles, balloons, soda and vinegar. We put some vinegar in the empty bottles, and a couple of spoons of soda in the balloons. We carefully pulled the balloons on the bottles and tipped the soda inside bottles and watched the balloons blow up. Here is a very good explanation - https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/442197257137818648/
Another very simple and effective activity was building molecules. You would need either soft round sweets or we used marshmallow to connect either tooth sticks or some spaghetti. I have found a very good templates with some examples of simple molecule structures -  http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/isabellas-6th-birthday-lots-fabulous-scientist-party-ideas/


The last experiment was making a slime, we didn't have much time to do it properly, and there are no images for it at all, but it turned out very well, so I will share with you - it's a slime :) It sounds a bit strange, but it's very stretchy and we enjoyed playing with it after the party was over. I was very happy I found a recipe for UK, because a lot of American recipes had borax and I didn't know where to find it. So, you only need an ALDI non-bio washing up liquid (not sure why this specific one, but apparently it has the right components), you need some PVA glue and you can add food colouring if you want it to be specific colour. I have no idea about the proportions, I just added a bit of each, it will look very unattractive at first, but you need to kneed it and the result should be a very lovely and stretchy slime! We haven't made as much slime as here - lovely slime - but this should give you an idea.
And here is the Pinterest board I put together while preparing for the science party, hope it give you some more ideas!



Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Christmas vouchers

It's December now, and I know everyone is desperately trying to find presents for their loved ones. I happen to have an idea for you - I'm pretty sure not many things can top a voucher for a family photo session. You can fully customise the vouchers - either have them for a session fee value or you can add print credit or specific photo products. It's a great opportunity to have memories of your time together as a family and of your children, the way they are now, because they grow so fast, and next year they will already look different. If you are interested in buying a voucher for a photo session, please contact me as soon as possible!



Wednesday, 11 November 2015

An autumn story.

I just had to share this session - it was one of those times when everything just fell into place. Most important part of every session is the wonderful family - let me in to see the glimpse of their life so that I could document it for them. When it happens, it's priceless. Here are some of my favourites:

And those two little boys - they just stole my heart! The big black camera with lots of buttons was a big hit as well!
Don't forget to book your own session - to have images to treasure, especially as your children grow up!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Glorious autumn

Autumn definitely is one of the most beautiful time of the year. We had a lot of leaf fights and have tried to enjoy it as much as possible. And here are a couple of images to celebrate it!
I try to make a leaf hat every autumn. One day I should make a tutorial - would anyone be interested?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Conkers and happiness

One of our favourite autumn activities (straight after the blackberry picking!) is looking for conkers. I don't know why kids are so fascinated by them. Well, they are smooth and shiny. There are a few chestnut trees around girl's school and almost every day before we go home after the school run, we would go and look for some. Because the trees are so close to the school, there are many other children looking for them, often helping the conkers to fall down by throwing sticks. We are lucky if we are able to find 4-5 each. Some days there are more and some days there are less but they do literally get picked up as soon as they fall. This fun lasts for a few weeks till all the conkers have fallen from the chestnut trees.

One day we were coming back from a park we don't go very often to and saw a big chestnut tree. The kids were so excited and we run to look for conkers. We didn't expect that the grass was pretty much covered with them, there must have been hundreds of them. Well, guess what happened - kids excitedly picked as many as they could, but it stopped being much fun very soon. So we just stopped. Although my girls did suggest we come back with some bags the next day!
So as it turned out - more doesn't make us happier.



 
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