Mad Science at Cummings Park Library… with Princess Bubblegum!

Everyone had a blast at the Cummings Park Library Mad Science school holiday programme.  The two Princess Bubblegums (aka Alisha and Max) added a new experiment into the mix and we made a blue and red volcano.  The Cummings Park kids also managed to balance 41 books on our paper cylinder!  Next up for Mad Science is Khandallah Library – we’ll see if we can make it to 50 books there!

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Mad Science at Karori Library

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.

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Mad Science Holiday Activities at Kilbirnie and Miramar Libraries

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!

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Science fun at Central Library

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.

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October School Holidays – Free Children’s activities

98730-Libary Mad Science Mysteries 150 x 113The school holidays are next week! Looking for something fun to do? How about…

Free school holiday activities: get mad about science during the October School Holidays!

Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! Hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds. These fun events are free, bookings not required.

 

When and where:

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 30 September 11am – 12pm

Central Library: Wednesday 1 October 11am – 12pm

Karori Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Miramar Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 8 October 11am – 12pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 9 October 11am – 12pm

Khandallah Library: Friday 10 October 11am – 12pm

 

Contact your local library for more information.

October School Holidays — Mad Science Mysteries!

98730-Libary Mad Science Mysteries 150 x 113Free school holiday activities: get mad about science during the October School Holidays!

Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! Hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds. These fun events are free, bookings not required.

 

When and where:

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 30 September 11am – 12pm

Central Library: Wednesday 1 October 11am – 12pm

Karori Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Miramar Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 8 October 11am – 12pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 9 October 11am – 12pm

Khandallah Library: Friday 10 October 11am – 12pm

 

Contact your local library for more information.

Kids’ Club Review by Rohan: Volcanoes

VolcanoesVolcanoes, by Rob Shone

Graphic Natural Disasters: ‘Volcanoes’ is an interesting book which has beautiful pictures and very realistic drawing. This book is mostly comic-style but also has some pages of background information about volcanoes. The mini-comics are about the eruptions of three famous volcanoes: Krakatoa (erupted in 1883), Mount St. Helens (erupted in 1980), and Vesuvius (erupted in A.D. 79). The background information also includes how a volcano forms and erupts, and has a few images of volcanoes such as Popocatépetl (whose nearby residents prefer to live within the view of the volcano rather than stay far from it!).

The book is clearly non-fiction because it is about many real eruptions that have happened in the past. The volcanoes described are still present today!

So, Rob Shone and Terry Riley have brought to you this colourful, informative book about one of the many natural disasters which rage around our planet. It has an amazing, stunning picture right on the front cover and if you open it… there, in front of your eyes is a world of pictures that bring the volcanoes to life!

Read this book as soon as possible and if you can, try reading the whole series! The other books in the series are Avalanches & Landslides, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornadoes & Superstorms and Tsunamis & Floods.

5 stars

Reviewed by Rohan from Johnsonville, 8 years old

New Non Fiction: Back to School numbers.

Welcome to Term 3! I hope you all had a fantastic break over the school holidays.  Here are some new junior non fiction to help you catch up on your school work.
image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsWhy do reptiles have scales? : and other questions about evolution and classification. 
Wildlife wonders? You better believe it. This book covers anything and everything you want/need to know about the classification and evolution of reptiles and how they have adapted to survive the ever changing environment. This is a great book to use for biology projects and homework. Great for Primary and Intermediate level.

You might also want to check out Why do Plants have flowers? and other questions about evolution and classification. Lots of amazing facts about the evolution and classification of plants, like you find out the age of a tree by counting the rings beneath the bark and apparently find out which flower smells of rotting meat – Whoa!. A great resource to sue for horticulture projects and homework.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsIt’s time for Animaths! It’s time to improve your maths sssskills by looking at Shapes with Snakes. Become a “roaring” success with maths by Taking Away with Tigers and some maths ant-ics by looking at Adding with Ants.

These books are great to use to introduce young children to simple key maths concepts with the use of  cut out photos of animals. These books are sure to engage the interest of reluctant mathematicians.

 

 

 

All about the Commonwealthimage courtesy of syndetics

According to WikipediaThe Commonwealth of Nations, commonly known as the Commonwealth (formerly the British Commonwealth),  is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states (including New Zealand) that were mostly territories of the former British Empire, with some notable exceptions. The Commonwealth operates by intergovernmental consensus of the member states, organised through the Commonwealth Secretariat, and non-governmental organisations, organised through the Commonwealth Foundation.

Luckily for the library, we now have a junior non fiction book jam packed with information about the Commonwealth. This informative, fact-packed guide also tells you all about the history and the aims of the Commonwealth since its foundation in 1931. Did you know New Zealand is one of the 53 countries led by HM Queen Elizabeth II? A great book to use for Social Studies homework.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsCool Kids Cook.

Ready for another back to school number that will help you ace Home Economics and allow you to unleash your inner Gordon Ramsey-Jaime Oliver- Nigella Lawson-Chelsea Winter? Donna Hay has released a cookbook for kids. Donna Hay for kids?! How cool is that! Check out the awesome cookbook, catered for cool kids that contains over 40 fun and simple recipes for kids to make for family and friends to enjoy. Found a few tasty numbers like spaghetti bolognese, sausage rolls, chicken noodle soup, cup cakes and chocolate moose. Wow,  I wish I had this book when I was doing Home Economics at school.

 

 

 

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Encyclopedia of the human body : begin to discover the human body.

Got a biology project coming up on the human body? This back to school number can help.  The Encyclopedia of the human body will allow you to discover information about how the human body and anatomy works. You will discover and learn everything from how blood flows through the heart, to how food is digested and where your voice comes from… hmmm!  This is the kind of book that makes *physiology look cool and screams AMAZING!

 

*Physiology: The branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.

 

Earth in 30 seconds!

Are you feeling under pressure?

Did you know the weight of the air in the atmosphere presses down on everything on the Earth, including you.

This is air pressure. It varies all the time. Lows are areas of low pressure, with the lowest pressure in the centre. Highs are areas of high pressure, with the highest pressure in the centre. Lows usually bring wet, cloudy weather and Highs usually bring sunny, dry weather. So poor old Wellington has been getting a lot of low pressure recently.

 

 

Try this 3 minute mission Air-pressure trick.

You need:

  • One piece of card (7.5 x 12.5 cm)
  • A glass
  • Water
  1. Fill the glass a third full with water.
  2. Wet the lip of the glass and cover the top with the card. Hold the card in place.
  3. Take the glass to the sink and turn it upside down. Carefully, take your hand away.
  4. What happens? The force of air pressure against the card should hold the card in place.

Earth in 30 seconds has 30 amazing topics for Earth explorers explained in half a minute and there are lots of exciting mini-mission to test facts or find out more.

So explore the earth’s structure, learn about the season, understand volcanoes, earthquakes, wild weather and discover our watery world.