Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Back to blogging and back from a holiday.

Ok so it's been a while since I blogged, no real reason for stopping, life just got in the way for a while.
I thought returning from our holiday would be a good time to get back to it as I have lots of lovely photos to share.

We spent a few days in Falmouth with our good friends Andy and Milena.

On our first day the weather was beautiful so obviously we had to go to the beach complete with paddling,


and sifting for fossils.

When Oscar spotted this bouncy slide type thing he disappeared and all we could find was his shoes....

.....apparently bouncing and sliding is a lot of fun!

The following day we took a bus to Gweek where we visited the seal sanctuary.
The sanctuary is out in the middle of the countryside so we were surrounded by stunning views.

We got to watch the seals being fed.

We had to keep an eye out for gulls who were rather keen to try and get the fish.

We also got to see some penguins.

Oscar's favorite seal was this guy called Happy Face.

Being in Cornwall we had to have a cream tea.

On our last day we hired a boat which was a really wonderful experience.
Oscar loved it!

Steering the boat was Oscar's favorite part of the whole holiday.

Before coming home we thought it was important to try a cornish pasty.

We all had a great time in Falmouth and can't thank Andy and Milena enough for letting us join them.
We are now busy planning next years holiday.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

National Science Week - Day 4

Today we met some other families from our home ed group at the Natural History Museum.
Oscar has been here lots of time and is very familiar with this fairly small building which meant I didn't really see much of him but I did manage to get a couple of pics.

After everyone had had a good look round the museum we all went to the play park at Canoe Lake, this time I did know where Oscar was (most of the time) but I still only managed to get one photo.

Then after a picnic lunch we came home and did some more science.
We started by planting a broad bean in a glass jar with some damp kitchen roll, hopefully in a week or two it will germinate.

Then we had a look at our plastic, it's taking longer than it should to harden but it's definitely getting there.

Then we got out this optics science kit that I found in a charity shop last week.

From the kit we made some optical illusion spinners,

Oscar saw what happens to his reflection when he bends a mirror.

He looked at lots of things through a kaleidoscope maker.

He put different colour filters over the kaleidoscope maker and spent ages walking round the house like this.

He looked at different pictures that came in the kit with the coloured filters to see how this affected the images.

And he made a periscope.
Not bad for a 99p science kit.

Then after a busy day it was time for Oscar to go to Beavers, he was really excited about going and very proud of his new uniform.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

National Science Week - Day 3

Well we didn't actually do any science today as we went to our Latin group but there's lots of Latin is science right? After the session we all went to the park and after a picnic lunch the children made their own mosaics using air drying clay.

Oscar's completed mosaic.

Then it was off play area.

It was a beautiful day to be outdoors and it was really lovely to see the blossom on the trees.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

National Science Week - Day 2.

This morning it was back on with the lab coat and goggles for Oscar and back to the kitchen for some more science fun. Having had a good look through his science book Oscar decided we should start by making a volcano. After it had erupted we discussed how the lava would go hard and then over hundreds of years if the volcano was to erupt many times you would build up layers of rock.

Next we had a look at some ice cubes we made yesterday. One was made from tap water that had been put in a plastic tub and given a good shake to get lots of air mixed into it. The other was made from boiled water that had been slowly and gently poured down the side of the pot trying to ensure that as little air as possible got mixed in. It's not very clear in the picture but the shaken tap water cube was all cloudy whereas the cube made from boiled water was pretty much clear.

Next Oscar mixed up some vinegar and salt in a jar and popped some dirty copper coins to the mixture.

While the coins soaked we boiled some eggs and made them some parachutes in different sizes.
Roger took the eggs upstairs while Oscar and I went to the garden to watch as Roger dropped them from a window.
The first egg to be dropped was the one with the smallest parachute. Can you spot it?

This poor egg sustained fairly heavy damage.

Next was the egg with the medium sized parachute. That egg had a cracked shell that doesn't really show up in a photo but was otherwise ok.

The last egg to go had the largest parachute and survived the fall with no damage at all.

I sometimes wonder what our neighbours must think of us....

After all that eggcitement we had a look at the copper coins that had been sitting in the vinegar and salt solution. Oscar was fascinated by how much they had changed.

Then we put some ungalvanised iron nails into the solution and stopped work for a lunch of egg sandwiches.

After lunch we retrieved the nails from the vinegar and salt solution and Oscar was amazed at how tarnished they had become.

Then we had a look at the bulb that Oscar's nan gave him earlier in the year. Having started out well it seems to have died and Oscar thought it might be fun to dissect it, so we did.

The vase it had been in was perfect for our next experiment. For this we put a candle in the bottom of the vase and I showed Oscar how a flame needs oxygen to burn by covering the top of the vase until the candle went out. Then we lit the candle again and this time we sat the egg in the neck of the vase.

When the candle burnt out the egg started to move,

Until it slid right through to the bottom of the vase.
Oscar thought this was brilliant :)

Finally we went back into the garden to explore centripetal force using a bucket, a rope and some water.
Oscar bravely spun the bucket half filled with water round in a big circle to see if the water would stay in the bucket, and was rather pleased that it did.

After all that fun Oscar went to his swimming lesson before going to his friends house for tea.
He was very tired come bed time this evening.