Playing with Science – Physics, Electricity and Magnetism

March 21, 2015 Published by

Edited by Georgia-Mae Evans

 

Toys


Little Labs Stepping into Science (5-9 Years)

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Begin a lifetime of scientific investigation with The Little Labs Stepping into Science! It includes 25 fun experiments in five key areas, including physics. This science kit engages children with a range of science topics and promotes problem-solving and thinking skills. With a 48-page detailed guidebook, Stepping into Science teaches fundamentals with step-by-step instructions, while also introducing children to the scientific methods.

 

Falling (with style)

Pepper Mint Treehouse Engineering Adventure Recommended by the Good toy GuideChildren will begin experimenting with physics in their everyday lives by throwing, dropping, pushing and pulling various toys.

As they get older, children will learn about physics in greater depth – for example, learning that when they drop an expensive ornament/iPad, it is pulled towards the ground by gravity. To avoid breaking all of your possessions in an effort to demonstrate forces, you could instead try the Pepper Mint Treehouse Engineering Adventure– this is a great way to help your child learn about physics as they construct the treehouse and demonstrate different forces through each project.

Projects include a rope ladder, a pulley to lift heavy objects into the treehouse, a rubber-band-powered lift, a rotating palm lead umbrella, a zip-line, a catapult, and a trap door.

 

It’s electric!

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During primary school, children will be learning about circuits and using components (such as bulbs and buzzers), wires, and switches to build simple series circuits. They should also be made aware of how to work safely with electricity. 

But did you know that static electricity can bend water, make salt jump, balloons float, light bulbs and make sparks fly in the air? 4M Static Science is the perfect activity demonstrating some of the incredible things that static can do. Static electricity is an everyday concept of science for kids that is simple to understand because it is encountered in their daily lives when they get an unexpected shock when touching metal or end up with a sock stuck to their clothing after it comes out of the dryer.

 

 

Apps


How to Make Electricity (7-11 Years)

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The How to Make Electricity app is also brilliant as it lets children build their own circuits and explore conductors and insulators in a safe and fun way. There are lots to do within this app and it compliments what children learn in Key Stage 2 science.

 

Opposites attract

Magicube 3 Magnetic characters Recommended by the Good Toy guideChildren will learn that, unlike most forces, magnets can affect other objects without direct contact, as well as the different strengths of magnets, and the effect of the magnetic north and south poles on one another. Allow your child to experiment with magnets – you could try giving them a range of magnetic and non-magnetic materials to try and pick up with a magnet, so they can learn that magnets do not act on all objects.

Magic 3 Magnetic characters is a fantasy mix for endless fun. It will enchant even the youngest children, all thanks to the magic of magnetism.

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