Pepper Experiment

A great experiment with immediate results from the outset. All you need is:

  • A white plate
  • Pepper
  • Water
  • Washing up liquid

Firstly, put some water on the plate and sprinkle pepper across the water. Dip your finger in some washing up liquid, then just place your finger into the peppered water. Watch as the pepper moves away from your finger!

It’s a great idea to do at home with your children, at school or at nursery and watch the excitement in their faces as they develop their knowledge and understanding of the world.

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Universal’s Islands of Adventure Passport 1998 – a Collectible?

Going through some old things, I came across this nostalgic item – a passport to preview the plans and concept art for the then brand new Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando.

It was 1998 and I was around 14 at the time. I was visiting Universal Studios with my family when we were handed these passports and informed about an exhibition at the park. We snapped up the opportunity to check out the exhibition. Hearing about all these new adventures was so exciting for us. We couldn’t wait until the park opened, which it was on our next visit in 2000 (the park opened in 1999). Experiencing a whole brand new park was an amazing feeling. The theming and technology was out of this world.

The passport lists all the planned attractions for each land at the park. The majority of them are still there today.

I wonder, is this item a collectible? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Also, let me know in the comments below if you would be interested in seeing the lists of all the planned attractions for each land of the park.

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Magic Milk

This is a simple experiment just using food. You can just watch how the colour disperses or manipulate the pattern by swirling with a cotton bud.

All you need for this experiment is:

  • A foil tray
  • Milk
  • Food colouring
  • Some cotton buds
  • Droppers

First, pour some milk into the foil tray. Then, using Droppers, drop some food colouring into the milk. This is more effective if you use different colours. Then either just watch what happens or use the cotton buds to swirl the food colouring in the milk (children prefer this idea).

Just 2 ingredients!

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Glitter Volcano Eruption

This is a ‘pretty’ science experiment, hence the involvement of glitter. Everything is more fun with a bit of glitter! Watch a volcano eruption before your very eyes!!

All you need is:

  • Glitter
  • Baking powder
  • Food colouring
  • Droppers
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Bowl

Firstly, empty some baking powder into a bowl. Using the droppers, add some food colouring to the baking powder. Then sprinkle on some glitter. Next, add some distilled vinegar to the food colouring drops with the droppers. Watch as the concoction starts to erupt!!

Shake that glitter!!

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A Cyclops Calf and a 2 Headed Sheep skeleton!

Our Review of the Skeleton Museum at the Orlando Icon Park

I wasn’t sure if this would be a bit scary for my child but it wasn’t. He absolutely loved it. Although a bit morbid, this highly educational exhibit is extremely well presented and although the Cyclops Calf skeleton and the 2 headed sheep skeleton freaked me out a little, it wasn’t as creepy an exhibit as I expected.

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Educational

We purchased a combo ticket with the Orlando Icon so it only cost approximately $5 each as we were doing the Orlando Icon anyway. Plus the Orlando Icon Park was a lovely place to spend time. Follow this blog for a review of the park.

This is also a great rainy day idea.

Cyclops calf

The flesh eating beetles are also fascinating to watch!!!

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Make Your Own Ice Cream in 10 Minutes!

We had to share this super easy recipe with you guys. Not only does it taste delicious but you will more than likely have all the ingredients in the house. Also, it literally takes 10 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla essence
  • Rock salt
  • Ice
  • Plastic food bags

First, put 2 cups of milk into a food bag and add 3/4 cup of sugar. Add a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Tie a knot in the bag and place inside a larger bag of ice. Add some rock salt to the ice. Then also tie a knot in the larger bag. Finally, shake the bag vigorously for 10 minutes.

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Easy and delicious

You may need some helpers at hand to give you a break from the shaking. However, this makes a great arm work out to burn some calories so you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying the ice cream.

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Marble Painting

This is another great easy science experiment that also doubles up as messy play. Messy play allows children to get creative so this activity ticks all the boxes!

All you need is:

  • shaving foam
  • food colouring
  • a spoon
  • plain white paper

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First, spray the shaving foam into the middle of the tuff spot. Then drop some different colour food colouring onto the shaving foam. With the end of a spoon, let the children swirl the food colouring into the shaving foam. Once happy with the pattern created, let the children take their piece of paper and place on top of the pattern. Tap down gently, then carefully remove the paper. The pattern on top of the shaving foam should transfer onto the paper to reveal a marble effect painting. Allow the pattern to dry.

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