There’s a spider in my bath…

Bath bombs with hidden spider!

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You will need  bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, soap colouring, a bowl, whisk, water spray, ice cream scoop and, of course, a plastic spider!

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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

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Whisk the dry ingredients together

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Carefully add a few drops of the soap colouring, whisking all the time.

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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

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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.

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When your scoop is half full, press the spider in, and then cover with more mixture and press down.

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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.

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Leave to dry for about an hour

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Strawberry creams

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You can make peppermint or orange flavour too!

 

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You will need icing sugar (500g), 1 dried egg white, 2 tsp strawberry flavouring, 4 tsp lemon juice, a rolling pin and cutters

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Put the icing sugar in a bowl and make a hole in the middle with a spoon

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In another bowl mix together the egg white, peppermint flavouring and lemon juice

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Pour the mixture into the icing sugar

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Stir the mixture, then knead together until it is a smooth dough

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Sprinkle some icing sugar onto a clean work surface and roll out the mixture

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Use the cutter to cut out your shapes and put onto a plate

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Leave to dry for one hour

Giant bubbles

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Summer fun with bubbles, the secret is glycerine

You will need a straw, some string, water, washing up liquid and glycerine

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Cut the straw in half

Cut a piece of string as big as your outstretched arms

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Thread the string through the straws and knot so you have a circle of string

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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

Balloon birds

There’s some science here (air pressure and propulsion) but it’s fun!

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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

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Thread the straw onto the string

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Blow up you balloon and hold it closed with the peg

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Decorate the balloon to look like a bird

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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

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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!

Thaumatrope

Thaumatropes are optical illusions and very easy to make.

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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

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Pick the design you want.

Cut out each circle and punch holes in the side

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Tape a coin to the back of one disc as this seems to help it turn better

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Then place the disc back to back with the picture facing opposite ways and thread the string through each side

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Now twist the thread and watch the illusion!

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Secret Valentine’s messages

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

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You will need

  • Red cellophane
  • Red card
  • Messages from Hide n See
  • Glue

Cut out the two arms and glass frame. The template is here glasses template

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Glue the arms to the frame (make sure you get them the right way up!)

Stick the red cellophane to the frame

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Now you can read the secret messages!

Butterflies!

These butterflies are based on the  great youtube video by  Arvind Gupta  (http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=cE0lp339rFY)

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You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Sequins
  • Glue

The template is here:  flapping butterfly   Cut along the solid line on the template, so you have a square

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Fold along the dotted line marked fold 1 and unfold

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Fold along the dotted line marked fold 2

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Then fold along the lines marked fold 3 and fold 4. These folds are made upwards towards fold 2

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Fold in half along  fold 1. You should now see the solid lines on the template for the butterfly wings. Cut these out

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Using the little diagram on the template. Cut out the head and antennae.

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Holding the join of fold 3 and fold 4, gently pull and watch the butterfly flap.

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Decorate the butterfly with tissue paper! Remember butterflies are symmetrical, so you will need to cut two shapes!

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