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Hottest day of the year

So today has been the hottest day of the year so far.

And it really has been hot. Too hot if I am honest.

This morning the kids wanted to do some sticker books and drawing so we all sat at the table and did some mazes, doodling and stickers.hot day 1This afternoon we went in the garden and used water to cool us down again!

We got the water slide out for the first time. The kids quite liked it but weren’t keen on using it as a slide, preferring to just run and splash around. It kept everyone cool though, so achieved the aim!hot day 2We also finally got ice today. I have completely failed to make any ice cubes yet but we really needed some today so I did the very lazy thing and bought some! Bought ice cubes.. frozen water. Can you believe it! I paid money for something I can do at home in seconds! But it was so hot we really needed some. This was proved by Ben, who enjoyed eating them!hot day 3And now it is raining. It is still boiling hot, but raining. I might go and stand in the garden for a while!

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Dinosaur Digging and Ice in the Tuff Spot

So yes, we did both dinosaur digging and ice in the Tuff Spot today .. but not at the same time!

At the end of our visit to the British Wildlife Centre yesterday we made the obligatory trip to the gift shop. All 3 kids choose a dinosaur/fossil digging thing – the ones where a dinosaur toy or bones are encased in plaster and you have to “excavate” to get it out.

So this morning we excavated.

It was harder than we had anticipated and Gordon and I did end up doing quite a lot ourselves (serves us right for not noticing they said for ages 8 and over!), but the kids all had a good go and enjoyed doing it. The ones Jasmine and Thomas got had whole dinosaur toys inside, but Ben’s had bones that need to be snapped together to make the skeleton. This is a job for Gordon tomorrow!

This afternoon the Tuff Spot was moved outside and we had some ice/water play.

Last night I coloured some water with blue, red, yellow and green food colouring. I then filled some tupperware, star shaped silicone cases and ice cube trays with the coloured water and placed some toys (small, stretchy bugs and snakes I got from the British Wildlife Trust shop yesterday), beads and glitter stars in some of the containers, before placing them in the freezer.

I set the tuff spot up with 3 large empty bowls, some smaller cups and containers, spoons, old toothbrushes, 1 large bowl of warm water and the ice.

I also gave the kids a small bowl with some salt in as well, so they could sprinkle it on the ice, but they all immediately tipped it all out onto the first piece of ice they got their hands on so that didn’t really work!

They spent all afternoon melting the ice to release the animals, pouring water from one container to another, asking for more water, making up stories about the animals, fishing for stars (or starfish as Jasmine called them!), making ponds and stirring bowls of water to create whirlpools. Thomas also spent a long time using a spoon to collect water from the Tuff Spot in a bowl and then pouring this water over a large piece of ice to melt it.

Water play is a firm favourite in our house and today’s activity kept the kids busy for the whole afternoon. When it was time to finish and come indoors for dinner Thomas carefully poured some water back into the ice cube trays and asked me to put it in the freezer “for next time”. I guess we’ll be doing some more ice and water play soon then! What can I do to make it a little different next time? I’d love to hear some ideas.

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Cold Weather Science

It has been rather cold overnight for the last couple of days and this had provided us with lots of learning opportunities!

We began yesterday by simply bringing some ice, that had formed in a water filled barrel in the garden, inside for the kids to play with. They played with it for ages. They talked about solids and liquids, freezing and melting, how to melt it quicker (and then blowing on it) and probably much more that I can’t remember!

Playing with iceBut then of course they started to run out of ice. So they wanted more! I gave them the few remaining ice cubes we had in the freezer and we re-froze some of the pieces we still had left and this kept them going for a while longer.

We did an experiment with hot and cold water and they discovered that ice melts quicker in hot water. They also worked out that smaller pieces of ice melt quicker than larger ones. We talked about how to make ice and I gave them a small cup of water each to put in the freezer and make some themselves. We also filled 2 other containers with water and placed some small plastic toys in the water and then put these in the freezer as well.

Then last night before they went to bed we filled 2 balloons with water and hung them outside. I also set up another experiment with 2 cups of water, one just water and one we added salt to, and these also went outside. Finally I put water in one of the gravel trays to cover the bottom and left this outside as well.

And so today our ice play continued! We looked at the water/salt water cups and found that while the water had frozen, the salt water had not. Then I got the gravel tray in and gave the kids the ice they had “made” yesterday (with and without toys in) and they spent a lot of time “pecking” at ice with toy dinosaurs! The dinosaurs lived on the icebergs and needed to rescue all sorts of friends! It was fabulous to see their imaginations in action!

Dinosaurs on ice!

Towards the end the toy fish/sea creatures got added to the game as well and this gave me another idea. Tonight I have put the fish and other sea creatures in the gravel tray with a very thin covering of water and I am hoping that they will become frozen in ice, to be rescued tomorrow!

We also still have our balloon ice marbles to play with tomorrow. They didn’t freeze so well outside last night (I think we put too much water in!) so they have been in the freezer all day today!

Who would have thought that some frozen water could provide 2/3 days of activities!


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Magnetic Construction & Playing With Ice

We awoke this morning to find our Christmas Elf, Pepper, was trying to make us pancakes for breakfast! Really all he had done was make a big mess in the kitchen, but nobody minded because we all love pancakes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pepper making pancakes


Magnetic Construction

At the Fayre yesterday we bought a large bag of magnetic construction bars and balls (mostly Geomag but some other brand was included). Thomas spent a lot of time playing with this today. He experimented with how much he could lift together before it got too heavy, he made several different shapes, he wandered round the room with one bar and found magnetic objects it would stick to, he talked about “repelling” ย and “attracting” and lots more! It kept him occupied for ages!

Magnetic Construction



Both Thomas and Jasmine spent some time in the garden “helping” clear one our veg patches. Before they really began to help however they discovered some ice had formed in a wooden barrel we have lying around so they played with that instead!

Playing with Ice


Playing with Ice


Watching the ice melt


This evening we have set up an experiment outside to see if we can make more ice. We have 3 pots of water, one with only a little bit of water in, one with a lot of water in and one with a lot of water in and with a lid on. We are going to find out which, if any, freeze and which don’t. I suggested this experiment to them earlier today when it was really cold…. I’ve just been outside now and it is raining so this may not work ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe I should have checked the weather report first!

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