Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Cookies

Have your children help you bake these delicious cookies for Christmas.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 and a half cups butter
  • 1 and a half cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour (you can use gluten free flour)
  • Baking tray
  • Baking sheets

 

Method

  • Beat butter till its soft and smooth.
  • Add sugar and mix for a few minutes.
  • Add flour 1 cup at a time.
  • Roll out the dough and cut into shapes.
  • Place in a baking pan lined with a baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven at 180 for 10-15 minutes.

 

You can decorate it with some icing sugar.

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Science is Fun

Baking Soda & Vinegar Volcano

Use baking soda and vinegar to create an awesome chemical reaction! Watch as it rapidly fizzes over the container and make sure you’ve got some towels ready to clean up.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Baking Soda (make sure it’s not baking powder)
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • A container to hold everything and avoid a big mess!
  • Paper towels or a cloth (just in case)

 

Instructions:

  1. Pour in some of the vinegar into the bottle and mix it with half a teaspoon of food coloring.
  2. Place some of the baking soda into your container.
  3. Watch as the reaction takes place!

 

What’s happening?

The baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a base while the vinegar (acetic acid) is an acid. When they react together they form carbonic acid which is very unstable, it instantly breaks apart into water and carbon dioxide, which creates all the fizzing as it escapes the solution.

For extra effect you can make a realistic looking volcano. It takes some craft skills but it will make your vinegar and baking soda eruptions will look even more impressive!

 

Picture books with no words

Why read a story when you can create your own from a sequence of pictures? Picture books that have no words help spark discussion, creativity and so much more. A book that many of us love to use is Journey by Aaron Becker. This is because even the most reluctant reader will be tempted to flick through the pages and create their own story. Here is a peek at the book and its wonderful pictures.

 

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