The October school holiday programme was all about science experiments. It was inspired by the hit TV show and comic book series Adventure Time. Staff dressed up as Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time – a princess who frequently saves the day with her knowledge of chemicals and engineering. There was goo, fizzing bowls, simple structures that blew our minds, volcanos and a lolly scramble. It was bonkers and completely awesome!
The kids helped us make a lava lamp and a mixture that was liquid but became solid when you squeezed it. We also managed to balance 25 books on a cylinder made out of a mere sheet of A4 paper. And then we figured out how to make a ‘Zombie Cure Solution’ by combining Monster Blood (red cabbage and vinegar blended), a Cinnamon Bun’s sneeze (flour and cinnamon), ground royal jewels (glitter and baking powder) and some Princess slime (dishwashing liquid). We knew we’d managed to make the solution when it fizzed and changed colour. We talked through the science behind every experiment and we all learnt a lot (librarians included!). The kids had lots of cool books to take home from our science collection and a bunch of lollies.
Thomas is an ordinary 12 year old boy whose life is very boring until one day he receives an urgent call from his grandmother (who he has never met) to come to an isolated castle and take up the leadership of the Seapeople. At the castle Tom meets his grandmother, a girl called Mari and some surprising sea creatures who have an urgent request. The rats of Droolmoan Cave have escaped and it is up to Tom to defeat them and their horrible queen.
Tom gets a call to help save a village in a far off land, Moratador, from the pillaging of a great terrifying beast, the Granioptrix, controlled by a marauding thug, Ghastmangle. Tom has a dangerous trip by boat, just escapes drowning, as the boat is tossed over rocks, and then travels by Albatross to meet his grandmother and begin the battle of his life. On the last stage to the village, they have to defeat the killer ice bats of Groanlee Pass. Then the huge Granioptrix. One slash of those razor claws and he’s dead. Tom is assisted by two polar bears, some eagles and the young girl archer from the village, Lydia
We had so much fun last week saving NZ endangered animals! DOC has just launched a new App “Habitat, the game” and we’ve done lots of activities to understand better why our NZ animals are so special. Puzzles, mazes, worksheets but also hands on activities: Why do Whales have teeth or baleens? Have a go yourself by trying to collect pepper in water with either a toothbrush or a comb… Why do kiwis have a long curvy bill? We found out by using tweezers to dig for worms (fake ones!) in a bin full of soil! FUN!
Kids went wild for Zumba at Karori Library during the October school holidays! We rocked out our best moves and had a tonne of fun at our special Zumba Kids dance session with Ani Prasad. Here are some photos from the event:
We had mad and mysterious science fun at the Central Library this week. Check out the photos!
First we were chased by a bear and became lost! We made a compass from magnets and metal and found our way our safely again. Then we made some potions and foaming dragons. The snot experiment was gross! We finished off our experiments with some crime solving using fingerprint identification and a scavenger hunt to solve the mystery.
There are still more Mad Science Mystery events on during the school holidays. Check out the Kids Events page to find out when and where.
- Friday 3rd October, 5.30pm
- Scots College
- Tickets are $10 each, all profits go to Save The Children.
- Buy your tickets from the Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop (email)
Check out the latest book in the series – The dying of the light.
The Department of Conservation has launched the New Zealand version of a fun app-based game for smart phones called “Habitat the Game”. If you go around Wellington (Zealandia, Wellington Zoo, Island Bay Marine Reserve and many other places…) looking for New Zealand endangered animals you will learn more about them and you might help them survive.
Real life actions combined with fun in-game missions!
As a bonus there is FREE entry for kids and the first 100 adults at Zealandia on Saturday 4th October from 11am to 3pm for the launch of this game. There are prizes to be won too!
What about the hottest place on the earth?
What about where the world’s billionaires live or where would you go to find the deadliest creatures in the world.
This book is amazing – you could spend hours looking through it. Each page shows a map of the world along with some interesting information. Found out where the tallest buildings are located, where all the roads are and even where all the internet connections travel. Its looks like a spider web.
Here are some of the interested facts I discovered in this book.
- Between 50 and 70 volcanoes erupt every year, mostly around the edge of the pacific.
- In 2010 there were 925 million undernourished people in the world.
- Since 1965, the world population has doubled.
- A blue whales tongue can weigh as much as an elephant.
- The first known sewing needle dates back about 25,000 years.