Category: 1-2 Year Olds

Toddler science activities.

How to make salt crystal ghosts – fun Halloween science project for kids.

salt crystal ghosts

Suitable for

This is a fun activity for preschoolers or younger school-aged kids. Bumble Bee was 6 years and 11 month olds and in year 1, when we did this at home. But because it’s taste-safe, you could try it with older toddlers as well.

how to make Salt Crystal Ghosts - fun Halloween science project for kids

Do you remember the salt crystal trees we made a few years back? Bumble Bee had just turned three at the time, and now she has only a vague recollection. So we decide to make these salt crystal ghosts to help jog her memory, and have a little Halloween science fun in the meantime. 🙂

How to make Salt Crystal Ghosts

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How to make a ‘snowy’ salt crystal fir tree ornament – fun winter or Christmas science project.

Explore salt crystalisation and make a cool winter snow fir tree - fun crystal science for kids

Have you ever had that icky feeling, when you do something really cool with your eldest, but you can’t involve your youngest because it isn’t age appropriate yet?

And no matter how hard you try to make it up to your youngest, it still feels like they’re being left out of all the fun?

Yup, that’s how I’ve been feeling about crystals.

Making crystals is cool. It’s impressive to transform something from one form into another, especially when the new form is sparkly, faceted and gem-like.

How to make a 'Snowy' crystal tree - crystal science project for kids

My eldest daughter Jewel and I have made a bunch of pretty, sparkly, faceted Borax crystals, but so far my three year old daughter Bumble Bee hasn’t been allowed to join in.

So Bumble Bee was very happy that, this time, she got to try out a new way to play with crystals, which only uses everyday materials I’m happy for her to handle. And because this new way creates a beautiful, hazy, snowy effect, we decided to try making snow-covered fir trees.

We’re planning to use these as a science-themed Christmas ornament to hang on our tree.

Snowy fir tree Christmas ornament made with salt crystals

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Heading to Port Douglas, in Australia’s Far North Queensland, with kids? The Wildlife Habitat is a fun excursion idea, to incorporate animal biology into your holiday. Well worth a visit, or three!

Tips for visiting Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas with little kids

Wildlife Habitat

Open: Daily from 8.00am – 5.00pm, except Christmas Day.

Cost: Adults $34, Children (4-14 years) $17, Family $85. These prices are all for a 5 consecutive day pass. Click here for more information.

Location: Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas. Click here for map. There’s plenty of free (but mostly uncovered) parking available out the front. There is also a shuttle bus service to and from Port Douglas for a small fee. Read More Visiting Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas with Kids

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is a public aquarium located in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Australia. It features (adorable!) little penguins, sharks, giant stingrays, sea turtles and other marine life.

Visiting Manly Sea Life Sanctuary with Kids

 

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

Open: Daily from 9.30am – 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm), except Christmas Day.

Cost: Adults $25, Children (under 4 years) FREE, Children (4-15 years) $17, Concession $20, Family $53+. You can save a minimum of 10% off these prices if you buy tickets online beforehand. There are discounted combination deals too if you intend to visit several Sydney attractions within a 30 day period.

Location: West Esplanade, Manly, NSW, Australia. Click here for map. Click here for transportation and parking information.

Suitable for: 1-100 year olds!

The best bits: The sea life is amazing, especially the little penguins. Manly has some lovely beaches to explore, and catching the ferry there is fun!

The worst bits: Parking is tricky. The inside of the aquarium is not wheelchair or pram accessible. Read More Visiting Manly Sea Life Sanctuary {with kids}

solid or liquid jelly jello gelatin scienceThis activity started out with my three year old daughter Bumble Bee asking if she could make jelly. Specifically, she wanted to make “jelly on a plate that wibble wobbles, just like the song“. Hmmm…. Jelly is a treat that we normally reserve for parties, but I figured if I could turn her jelly making experience into an edible science experiment exploring the difference between liquids and solids, then I might be able to justify serving it at home, just this once! Read More Solid or Liquid?

So, you know how we have a little obsession with tasty science activities right? Well, I was super excited when Mr GSK came home with both regular and champagne watermelon varieties from the shops recently, because I knew it would be perfect for a little edible science experiment to explore how we perceive taste. (Hint: we use much more than just our tastebuds!)

Champagne and regular watermelon slices

Suitable for

This would be a great science activity for little people, from toddlers, preschoolers to kindergarteners. Bumble Bee was 3 and Jewel was 5.5 years old when when we did this.

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