Sample activities

Here are just a few examples of activities from our public sessions, and the activity sheets to go with them – click on the activity names to get these. Please feel free to use these for non-commercial purposes only* if you wish (but please don’t modify the sheets!). If you could let me know how you’ve used them, that would be great!

Parents/carers are entirely responsible for deciding whether or not activities are suitable for their children  – all activities are designed to be parent/carer led so please exercise common sense, observe all usual safety precautions (e.g. avoid choking/strangulation/drowning/suffocation/poisoning risks, don’t allow children to eat materials, never leave children unattended with resources) and protect against mess as necessary.

*If you’d like activities and accompanying information to use for commercial purposes, please get in touch.

Alka Seltzer lava lamps

WP_20141029_016We used food colouring to give this a Halloween theme at a session at Carnforth Library on 29th October 2014 (supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry).

 

Cardboard weaving

IMG_0068_1Here’s some weaving we did with paper to celebrate Lancashire Day at Carnforth Library on 26th November 2014 (supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry).

 

Cornflour and water

20140809_151923Also known as oobleck or gloop, this is a non-Newtonian fluid which changes state with pressure. This photograph is from a session at Lancaster Library on 9th August 2014.

 

Dancing raisins

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This one is great to watch – the photo above is from our British Food Fortnight session at Carnforth Library on 24th September 2014 (supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry) and the water looks murky because a couple of toddlers extended the activity by adding some fruit from a nearby sensory bin to see what happened!

Milk swirls

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This is a simple but visually striking experiment which uses only milk, food colouring and washing up liquid. More detailed information about how this works (e.g. for older children) is available from about.com, here. This photograph was taken at an event at Lancaster Library on 9th August 2014. (Please note a later version of this activity has been developed for 2016 workshops).

Sensory bottles and bags

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These are a fantastic way to allow small children to observe objects and materials that they could not safely handle directly. The photographs above show some Christmas themed sensory bottles and some Halloween themed sensory bottles and bags (the photograph of the Halloween items also includes some other activities and was taken at an event at Morecambe Library on 25th October 2014, which was supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry); almost anything can be used! Please make absolutely sure that the lids/edges are securely fastened and always supervise use. (Please note a later version of the sensory bottles activity has been developed for 2016 workshops).

 

Water xylophone

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Make some music and explore sound with a water xylophone (please take extra care with the glass bottles or jars!). This is one of our water xylophones, which we made at Lancaster Library on 9th August 2014.

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