Bath bombs with hidden spider!
You will need bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, soap colouring, a bowl, whisk, water spray, ice cream scoop and, of course, a plastic spider!
To make 4 smallish bath bombs you will need 150g of bicarbonate of soda and 50g of citric acid
In a dry bowl put the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid
Whisk the dry ingredients together
Carefully add a few drops of the soap colouring, whisking all the time.
Then add a few sprays of water.
Keep whisking! This is very important
Keep adding the water and whisking until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs
Press some of the mixture into the ice cream scoop. If it is crumbly it’s too dry. Tip into the bowl and spray and whisk again.
When your scoop is half full, press the spider in, and then cover with more mixture and press down.
You should be able to slide the bath bomb out of the scoop. If it crumbles, it’s too dry. Tip into the bowl and spray and whisk again.
Leave to dry for about an hour
You can make peppermint or orange flavour too!
You will need icing sugar (500g), 1 dried egg white, 2 tsp strawberry flavouring, 4 tsp lemon juice, a rolling pin and cutters
Put the icing sugar in a bowl and make a hole in the middle with a spoon
In another bowl mix together the egg white, peppermint flavouring and lemon juice
Pour the mixture into the icing sugar
Stir the mixture, then knead together until it is a smooth dough
Sprinkle some icing sugar onto a clean work surface and roll out the mixture
Use the cutter to cut out your shapes and put onto a plate
Leave to dry for one hour
Summer fun with bubbles, the secret is glycerine
You will need a straw, some string, water, washing up liquid and glycerine
Cut the straw in half
Cut a piece of string as big as your outstretched arms
Thread the string through the straws and knot so you have a circle of string
The two straw pieces are your handles
Mix the water, glycerine and washing up liquid together
For 400ml of bubble solution you need, 380ml of water (95%), 12ml of washing up liquid (35) and 8ml of glycerine (2%)
Mix them together being carefully not to make the mixture foamy
Put your circle of string in the mix, collecting a film of the mixture
Carefully pull the straws apart and lift up to fill the film with air
Loosen the circle and close to release the bubble
There’s some science here (air pressure and propulsion) but it’s fun!
You will need a balloon, string, a straw (preferably a fat one!), sellotape, a peg and ribbons and paper to decorate
Cut a 3cm length of straw and around a metre of string
Thread the straw onto the string
Blow up you balloon and hold it closed with the peg
Decorate the balloon to look like a bird
Stick the straw (the bit you threaded onto the string) onto the top of your balloon. It works best if you stick it to the back third of the balloon
Tied one end of the string to a chair (or similar!) and hold the other end tightly
Pull the balloon bird to one end
Gently let the peg loose and the balloon bird will fly along!
Thaumatropes are optical illusions and very easy to make.
A thaumatrope is a Victorian toy and comes from two Greek words meaning “wonder” and “turn”
A circle of card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twisted quickly the two pictures appear to combine into a single picture. You can’t see on the fairly rubbishy photo above, but the dog is dreaming of a bone!
You will need card, string and a template: blank here thaumatrope blank, picture here thaumatrope pictures
Pick the design you want.
Cut out each circle and punch holes in the side
Tape a coin to the back of one disc as this seems to help it turn better
Then place the disc back to back with the picture facing opposite ways and thread the string through each side
Now twist the thread and watch the illusion!
When I saw this app ( Hide n See)
I was reminded of Martha Stewart’s secret valentine’s message http://www.marthastewart.com/962275/valentines-day-secret-message-sunglasses
You will need
- Red cellophane
- Red card
- Messages from Hide n See
Cut out the two arms and glass frame. The template is here glasses template
Glue the arms to the frame (make sure you get them the right way up!)
Stick the red cellophane to the frame
Now you can read the secret messages!
These butterflies are based on the great youtube video by Arvind Gupta (http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=cE0lp339rFY)
You will need:
- Coloured paper
- Tissue paper
The template is here: flapping butterfly Cut along the solid line on the template, so you have a square
Fold along the dotted line marked fold 1 and unfold
Fold along the dotted line marked fold 2
Then fold along the lines marked fold 3 and fold 4. These folds are made upwards towards fold 2
Fold in half along fold 1. You should now see the solid lines on the template for the butterfly wings. Cut these out
Using the little diagram on the template. Cut out the head and antennae.
Holding the join of fold 3 and fold 4, gently pull and watch the butterfly flap.
Decorate the butterfly with tissue paper! Remember butterflies are symmetrical, so you will need to cut two shapes!