How to Start Fire with a Magnifying Glass?

Create Fire with magnifying Glass

Starting a fire with magnifying glass is going to thrill your kids. Science is everywhere!! Today let us see the science around us along with our kids in a closer view. Huh!! Closer look!? Yes, also I give you a perfect chance to improve your kid’s motor skills. 

Kids are naturally curious and love to explore the world around them!! But this time we are going to give them a magnifying lens to enhance their learning experience in a better and closer view.

Create Fire with magnifying Glass

This is one of my favorite learning experiences remembered my childhood days playing with magnifying lens.

At this point, I told them about the activity I am going to show them i.e. ‘Creating fire with magnifying glasses. “Wow!! Mamma are you serious!? Are we going to make fire using this magical glass!? It’s really exciting mamma, lets us start immediately”. You can expect these words are from my two girls. Let us enter the world of magnifying glass without any delay and lit some fire!! 🙂

Things required  

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That’s it, we require only three simple materials to do this fun filled science experiment.

Starting Fire From Magnifying Glass

I took my daughters to our apartment balcony on a bright sunny day to demonstrate. 

1) Ask your kid to show some drawing skills on the white paper. My younger one drew a smiley face using her sketches on the white paper. Let your kids draw any shape to have fun on the paper as well.

Science Experiment starts with drawing

2) Select a safe location (where the fire cannot spread to anything else since you need to perform the activity outdoor) to make fire using magnifying glass.

3) Now hold the magnifying glass between your white paper and the sun. My elder one is interested to hold the magnifying glass. She already applied sunscreen lotion to avoid sun burns. So, apply some sunscreen lotion to your children before you go out for sun.

4) As soon as the magnifying glass is under the sun focusing on the paper, it gives a bright dot on the paper. You can make the dot size bigger by tilting the lens back and forth. Keep in mind that keep the dot size as small as possible in order to create the fire sooner.

5) Ask the kid to focus the dot in one place for about few seconds to minutes. Slowly you can observe some smoke from the focused area. Then the fire comes slowly after smoke appears.

Creating fire from sun using magnifying glass

My kids focused on eyes and mouth part of the smiley face they have drawn on the white paper. They were amazed seeing the fire using magnifying glass. They enjoyed peeping out of the eyes of the smiley face as they made holes by creating fire with the lens glass. They hugged and thank me for showing them such a wonderful act.
Starting firework

sun burned face mask

Put off the fire as soon as its purpose is served.    

We even went to our garden to try out with dried leaves. It worked so fool-proof that leaves in our garden started burning. Trust me, no exaggeration. The dried leaves lying around caught fire. I stopped there but was really feeling awesome by the way it worked. You need a magnifying glass which can be purchased but they are not expensive. Be very careful on a sunny day to prevent any accidents. Ensure not to leave the glass outside without knowledge. Also, do not allow kids to handle alone.

 

The Science Behind It

The unique properties of magnifying glass is the magic trick behind creating a fire using magnifying glass. Wondered to know what those unique properties are!!? Let us begin.

We already learned about what is magnifying glass and how it makes things look bigger. Coming to our experiment, the science behind creating a fire using magnifying glass is found in the form of photons. Photons are just the particles that carry or holds the clear visible light from the sun to the earth. They transmit light and energy in the form of heat. A magnifying glass sets fire by focusing all the photons through the small dot area created by the convex (curved outward) lens. When the sun fall on the magnifying glass, the appropriate focal strength of the photons passes through the lens and creates a small sized dot on the ignitable material. This generates an extremely high heat concentration at the dot area which is good enough to start a fire. This is time taking process and you need to wait until the sun light catches fire.

The convex lens can be found in many devices we are aware of. Ex: binoculars, camera, even glass bottle bottoms etc.

Tip

  • A water droplet on the lens intensifies the sun light’s heat causes the fire to ignite more quickly.
  • The larger the lens, the easier to create a fire on any flammable material.
Please note…

Tisha was 3 years old when I tried this experiment. Don’t think skeptical about this. You can teach kids about making a fire in your garden with this experiment.  Let me warn you to take care of kids. Please make sure if your kid is appropriate to take part in this experiment. However, I know that my kids will not overboard on things and will check with me. Also, I will explain to them about the hazards caused in advance. Hence I am very confident to do any experiment with my kids. I will also tell them few conditions and only if they abide by we will do that particular work. It is easy to handle my little ones. You can also ensure safety before starting not only this activity but others too posted in this site.

Here are some key questions that you can discuss with your young scientists. 

Can you really start a fire with glasses?

Yes, we can create the fire using any type of glasses that have convex lens. All you need to create a fire is convex lens to focus the sun light to a small area or specific spot. The devices that fall under this category are binoculars, eye glasses, magnifying glasses etc. Even the ice is used the purpose since it has a curved shape similar to the convex lens. A mirror glass can also create the fire since it produces heat but it takes a long time to ppoduce fire. Convex lens direct the sun ray’s to a specific point thus responsible for ignition.  

What starts fire when you show magnifying glass in sun?

A magnifying glass makes fire with the help of heat from the sun. This is done by focusing the glass for 50-60 seconds under the sun. The sun rays pass through the lens of the glass focusing the heat at one specific and small point where the fire begins after producing some smoke.  

Can you start a fire with a flashlight and a magnifying glass?

Yes, we can create a fire with a flash light and magnifying glass but this likely will not work since the flashlight produces very less intensity of heat. You need to use two magnifying glasses to create a thin laser light beam of heat rays in order to set fire. You can use paper, dry grass and dry twigs to set fire as they have access to catch the fire easily. However, the results are not guaranteed. 

How do you make a fire without matches?

A magnifying glass is the great way to start the fire without matches. During unfavorable conditions, this is the best method to survive. Regardless of how you start your fire, always carry tinder (it should be dry) along with you. Making fire using flint ans steel is one of the easiest ways to set fire. You can use a mirror or a water-filled balloon instead of magnifying glass to create fire in the absence of matches. One of the most famous and most difficult ways to create fire by friction. It is followed in olden days by our ancestors. In this way, you can create fire in different ways.

What happens when light passes through magnifying glass?

When light passes through magnifying glass, the convex lens refract or bend the light rays causing the light trays come together. This makes our eyes see things in a different way than the original ones. When the light rays fall on an object and reflect the image to your eyes by travelling in a parallel direction. These parallel rays when passes through a magnifying glass, the convex lens bend the parallel rays and bring them together causing a virtual image on the retina of your eyes. This virtual image appears larger than the real ones.

What lens does a magnifying glass use?

A magnifying glass uses convex lens usually mounted in a frame with a handle making it portable and easy to use. The convex lens is something that bends the light passing through it. Bending of light causes virtual images. 

How do magnifying glasses burn things?

The convex lens in the magnifying glass causes things burn. The double convex lens in the magnifying glass focuses the beam of heat rays at one single point. Concentrating the energy at a single point causing a flammable object to set fire. 

Can you make magnifying glass fire without sun?

To create a fire, all you need to focus on how much energy you are focusing on the size of the area. The convex lens know how to do this. Sure, you can absolutely use laser light to create fire without sun. Laser light is a monochromatic light makes the purpose easy since we do not need to worry about the aberration of lens. Any source of light that has as much energy as sunlight will serve the purpose. 

Do magnifying glasses work underwater?

Usually, the regular and normal magnifying glass does not work under water. Because the refractive index of magnifying glass is equal (almost equal) to the refractive index of the water. Hence, the magnification power of magnifying glass is lost under water since there is no or a little refraction.

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Some tips for allowing your kids to play with magnifying glass

If I am not wrong you actually don’t allow your kid to touch any type of glasses including magnifying glass. 🙂 I knew the reason as well, we all think that glasses hurt while playing but anything handled with care and also under proper guidance we can reduce such risks to our kids.

Exploring nature and science with the magnifying glass is so much fun for pre-school children and also attracts adults too irrespective of their age. Exploring with magnifying glass provides children an amazing platform where they can explore things in finer detail, and helps to make sense of world as well as extends their thinking power and motor skills. To top it off, using magnifying glass benefits kids to get exposed to optical technology.

When I first got the lens into my home, I just couldn’t stop my two kid’s anxiety and happiness. In fact, they both started fighting for one so later I had to buy one more. Uffff! Still I am happy to show them how we can set fire using magnifying glass.

First teach them how to handle magnifying glass as we are dealing with glasses and lens. Tell them all the necessary precautions to be taken while dealing with glasses.

Ask them to see their hands, skin, eyes, and the nature around them through magnifying glass. Tell them to observe carefully at everything that is present around them and ask them to notice the change in the size of anything or object. My kids are very much excited seeing things in a bigger view including small insects and tiny objects. This is the great way to explore the simple science around them in a simple way. You can use this simple activity not only for fun but also as a great educational tool. How cool!! Isn’t it!? Share your comments on how you used magnifying glass with your kids to explore science. 

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Why Do Flowers Change Color in Food Coloring – Experiment for Kids

color changing flowers science experiment for kids

You can now change the flower color at home and at any time during the year. Let us understand the science behind this experiment.

How do flowers change color in food colors?   Wondering how? Let’s try this natural science experiment with white roses. 

color changing flowers science experiment for kids

Concepts Discussed
Absorption of water in flowers / plants

Who is it for

This experiment can be done with preschoolers and they will love to make their hands colorful too.  Other kids including Kindergarteners and 7 – 9-year-old kids can do this experiment, not just for fun but to learn some science as well. They can change the variables and see the changes in the results.

I tried this with my elder and younger daughter Pritika and Tisha when they were 6 years and 4 years old respectively.

What do you need to change the color of flowers?

  • Food color – Liquid or you can mix water to make them liquid.
  • Droppers
  • Glass bottle or simply water glass
  • Water
  • White flowers (in my case – roses). 

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We tried this experiment with both white roses and daisy flowers. For some reason, the daisy flower didn’t get the optimum result (we suspect the powder form of food coloring). But I will update on this more once I find out. Check for more white flowers here.

For now, lets see what did we do to make the color change in white roses. 

Steps to follow

Step 1: Select a glass container (bottle or test tube or anything of that sort). Now just add few drops of food color of your choice. We chose Blue but that is completely up to you . 

Adding food color

Step 2: Now I asked my elder daughter to pour enough water to the water glass. This would make a glass full of water with food color. 
Adding water to food color

Step 3: This is an optional step. I cut the stem of the flower with a sharp knife. The cut needs to be in cross of the stem so that the cut part has enough exposed area to absorb water. Just make sure we have enough length to submerse it into the glass of food color. I took care of this step as I am not happy to give sharp knives to kids. If your kid is doing this step, just be attentive and watch over the kids. 

cutting stem flower color changing experiment
Step 4: Now my younger daughter Tisha stepped in to do her part in the experiment. She carefully inserted the flowers in the food color filled glass. She started complaining that the color didn’t change. I explained her that it will take time. 

flowers in food color

flowers stem submerged in food coloring - science experiment for kids
We waited for an hour and couldn’t see any change in the flowers yet. 

So we decided to sleep and came back in the morning. After 12 hours, the rose flower started showing significant amount of blue color in the petals. We also observed that the edge of the petals had more color than the inner side of it. It was so pretty that my younger one started jumping in joy. 

after 12 hours after 24 hours color changed
We let the flower sit in the food color for additional 12 hours. After 24 hours, the flower had blue all over the petals and looked even more prettier. Mission Accomplished. 

Science behind changing colors of flowers
Why do flowers change color in food coloring?

Absorption of water happens through the xylem and these are tissues present as thin tubes inside the stem. Water is carried to other parts of the plant including flowers through the Xylem. Water travels to the xylem when the molecules in the xylem and the water molecules get attracted. It also happens due to solar energy and transpiration. Transpiration is a process that happens when the sunlight evaporates the water from the stems, leaves, and flowers. The loss in water from these parts will create a vacuum in the xylem tubes top and encourages the water to be absorbed for filling the empty space. Imagine the movement of any liquid when you drink them using a straw. Learn more from here.

Learn about the botanical characteristics of flowers from this page.

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flowers change color in food coloring

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Spiny Leaf Phasmids : Secret Life of Pets (DIY Enclosure Steps!)

secret life of spiny leaf phasmids

Few of you might wonder to know that an insect is a pet of my family. Yes, we are four of us, my two little school going daughters less than 10 years old, my techy husband and a busy homemaker, running around all through the day, taking care of kids, playing with them, ambitious to make them understand science concepts at the young age, etc. Hmm, that’s all about me.

Yes, I love keeping myself busy as a bee and more than that desire to make my kids learn things with practical experience. This is how we started developing love towards the pets and we have the usual pet animals the dog and cat at home. But that did not stop and I had a chance to get Spiny leaf phasmid from one of my friends and these insects have become so close to my kids.

I know it’s enough for an intro about our pet loving family. Now, let me tell you about what is this spiny leaf insect, why it is called so, how it becomes a great pet, and why kids love them more, as well finally will let you know how to make an enclosure to grow this insect at home.

Feeling excited? I am very much as I am going to share great inputs about the insect and the enclosure I did.

 

What is Spiny Leaf Phasmid?

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These are tiny insects that feed on leaves and have the ability to camouflage. They are present in Australia and they resemble an ant or a Scorpio. But don’t worry as they don’t bite or sting. They are absolutely harmless. They hatch from the female egg and become a nymph and then an adult insect.

You may want to ask why they are called phasmids. I am coming to that now. Insects that have irregular metamorphosis and have phytophagous habit then we call them phasmid. Again I get your thoughts, too many technically words on a kid’s science experiment blog. No, don’t think like that this is an age when you can teach those new words and explanation for they will remember forever. I am a proud mom who is doing this since the birth of my first daughter and both my daughters can spell any word and remembers the synonyms too.

Coming back to the explanation, metamorphosis is the process that takes place from birth of an insect until it grows big in stages. Spiny leaf phasmid has irregular by this I means that they hatch from the egg, then become a tiny insect within 3 hours resembling ant and called a nymph. Within the next few days develops to a mature spiny leaf phasmid. That’s very quick indeed and they don’t go through the entire insect growth lifecycle.

One more hard word here is phytophagous which means insects that feed on leaves and survive. This is all about this tiny little insect. Let’s explore more in the coming sections.

 

Why are they called great pets?

spiny leaf phasmids great pets for kids
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They are harmless and that is the primary reason they become the best friend for people. They can grow only with leaves as their food and a few drops of water. This way it is easy to maintain them. They look like dried leaves and become a great decorative ornament when grown in house. Above all kids love to play with them and thus I call it a great pet.

 

Some exciting facts about this little phasmids

 

There is not one but many fascinating facts about this insect. Let me tell you one by one and feel glad that you can use these inputs to let your kids understand the science behind insects.

 

  1. Parthenogenesis

 

The female insects do not require male for reproduction. They lay eggs and those eggs can be male or female spiny leaf phasmids. Which means these insects will clone the mother or their siblings. But there is no role for a male insect in reproduction.

 

  1. Given birth by Spiny Leaf but hatched with the help of Ant

 

The egg that falls down from the mother insect will fall on the ground and ant will misinterpret that as its food and carry them below the soil. However, it helps the egg to be protected and also ants eat their shells as food while the egg hatches into a nymph.

 

  1. Nymphs look like an ant

 

Then they crawl like an ant and also look like ant hence protecting them from insect-eating birds. There are few birds that eat insects but not an ant. So these tiny little nymphs are safe to travel on the tree and start eating leaves for food to grow. They consume water from the droplets of the leaf to quench their thirst.

 

  1. Camouflage

 

They can change color to match the living environment and hence stay without being harmed by other creatures. It looks like a dry leaf and hence called a spiny leaf insect.

 

  1. Giant spiny or prickly stick insect

 

It is also called a giant spiny or prickly stick insect as sometimes it resembles a stick.

 

Why do kids like to pet spiny leaf insect

spiny leaf phasmids australian walking stick petImage Credit: Wikipedia

Kids love these insects because they are small and do not harm. They feel good when they move on the kid’s hands or dress. They provide great time pass to kids and also allow kids to watch them eat and grow.

 

However, I like this insect very much and can you guess why? Yes, because I can grow this at home teach kids about the entire lifecycle. My daughters love the way I tell them because there is no theory and everything is practical. My kindergartener and preschool going kid both know the entire lifecycle of not this insect but all insects. Thanks to Spiny Leaf Phasmid that helped me teach my kids these lessons easily. Trust me you can try this too!

 

I got you now and you are wondering how to grow a spiny leaf phasmid at home?

 

Don’t worry let me explain you in the coming section and at the end, you will feel glad to follow me making a DIY enclosure for the spiny leaf insect to grow them at home and make kids learn science.

Here is an interesting video: 

 

Step by step method to create an enclosure at home for Spiny Leaf Phasmids

 

There are two aspects to grow these pets. First one is buying them and the next is to make an enclosure to grow them. You can choose to buy the egg or insect from the bug shops and even online from Australian insect selling shops. For instance, you can check www.terrificscientific.com for purchasing. Let me tell you how to grow them and also will tell you how to preserve the eggs laid by the female insects and allow them to hatch.

 

  1. Get a basket ready – This can be a mesh type dustbin or you can make one by arranging the wooden frames with mosquito mesh. However, it must be of a minimum size of 40 X 30 X 30 cm in dimension. The female insect will of 110mm long and you need to make your enclosure thrice longer than this to allow them to move freely. If using a mesh type bin, then close the top with a mesh using a rubber band. In case you make a wooden cage then you can refer a fly screen cage and make one like that.
  2. Prepare food – Then get a bottle or a flower vase and fill water into that. Place that into the cage and make sure they have a lid. But the lid must contain a hole to insert the eucalyptus leaves with the stem. Yes, this is the food to your insects. You can place the insect in the cage and it is free to move around and you can also enjoy with your kids seeing them from outside.
  3. Grow the eggs – Arrange for a plastic box filled with mud or tissue paper. Close the box with its cover. But they must have small openings all through the lid to give room for air circulation. Take the egg from the cage soon after it is laid and place it in the sand or tissue paper and water them regularly. Close it with the lid but they won’t suffocate due to the presence of the holes. Wait for up to 2 years to see the insect hatching from the egg. Few eggs hatch quickly but others might take time.

 

It is this simple to make an enclosure for the spiny leaf insect. Before I forget let me tell you a few points to remember.

 

  • Ensure there are no chemicals or pesticides on the eucalyptus or the bramble leaves which are the food for the insects. These chemicals might turn out to be poison to those small creatures.
  • Make it a point to spray water often on the leaves and that will help insects to douse their thirst. Do not place any water glass inside the cage to save your time spraying as the insects might fall into the water and die. You must spray water.
  • Let the mesh be closely knit otherwise the insects will easily escape from the cage.
  • Make a separate cage for nymphs till they grow as an adult insect with a much smaller net because they can come out easily.
  • Change the leaves periodically once in 3 days and a maximum of 5 days as the nourishment is required for the insects to survive. Remember to the fill water in the vase or the jar where the leaves are placed.

 

Final thoughts

I am happy to share my experience with you and want you to grow Spiny Leaf Phasmids to teach entomology (the study of insects) to your kids and have fun too with these tiny little pets.

Did I miss this information? I am not sure and my apology if it is a repeat. Female insects cannot fly and only make spiny leaf phasmids can fly.

Make Mushroom Monkeys : Spore Science Craft

Monkey Craft – Make Monkeys with Mushroom Spore Print

It’s fun making puppets and that too monkeys look so cute in the puppet and make it with the mushroom spore print (mushroom). Using this science craft idea children can now make craft while learning biology

Mushroom monkeys! Cute science craft for kids, where kids can learn about mushroom biology and spore prints

I am sure you must not have forgotten our  DIY Mushroom spore prints activity with field mushrooms? I am excited to do this with mushrooms again and this time with tiny button mushrooms. Also, we will be using the spore print and present the cutest craft with the monkey.

Suitable For
My gut feeling says this would aptly suit kids of age 5 and above. That does not meet a 4-year-old will not have fun. But the 5+ girls can make a better craft than the little ones. You can try with preschool kids as well.  

Steps for Making Mushroom Spore Monkeys

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 Things required

    • Knife, chopping board and mushrooms (button type)
    • Paper – either a construction paper or even other paper that is strong
    • This is optional but you can use them for additional fun – pipettes
    • Box – for covering the mushroom overnight
    • clear-drying glue
    • craft sticks
    • Optional – googly eyes and white dot stickers 
    • Markers and scissors  

Mushroom spore prints
monkey craft, from a mushroom spore print. Fun science biology for kids
Instructions to do the craft

  1. Let the gills get exposed by slicing the lower part of the mushroom
  2. Keep the mushroom such that the cap side faces inside the paper and the gills inside
  3. Place a water droplet on every single mushroom cap.
  4. Keep them closed and leave it without disturbing one full night.
  5. In the morning take the mushroom and you will witness the spore print
  6. Use hairspray and you can set the print as it is. Smudging also can be done
  7. Use scissors to cut all the print. Draw the face of the monkey or make use of googly eyes to give a dashing look.
  8. Paste this on a popsicle stick.
  9. Hurray! you can now play with these puppets.

Mushroom spore print monkeys - science craft for kids
Let me be honest – we used black paint over some places just to make the puppet look better. You can also try using different paints in combination with the spore prints.  We even tried other faces such as Lion, Donald duck, etc. Its fun to see – how kids can be so creative and start creating their own puppets with their favorite animals and cartoon characters. 

Mushroom spore print monkey puppets! Fun science craft for kids!

Science facts about Mushroom

Mushroom belongs to plant family called fungi.

Fungi plants reproduction happen through the tiny spores getting released and that will germinate or sprout to become a new fungus.

These spores look very tiny and a microscope is required to be used. Every matured mushroom will contain several 1000s of spore and grows on a single gill.

Each mushroom has an individual colored spore ranging from black, brown, or white.

Check this link to know more about spore print activity.

Make mushroom monkeys from mushroom spore prints! Fun science craft for kids
 Mushroom monkeys! Fun science craft idea where kids can learn about mushroom biology and spore prints

Please Note ...

Make sure you guide kids and do not let them alone. Your monitoring and guidance are required. Teach them the concept along with the activity. Do not let them do things unattended to avoid any hazards.

Mushrooms are good to make a spore print, but there are some which can be poisonous too. Check the mushroom before you use them. These puppets will be used by kids repeatedly and hence ensure safety.

Mushroom monkeys! Cute science craft kids can make & learn about mushroom biology and spore prints

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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium – Perfect Excursion for Kids

For all those kids who love to explore sea animal and plants, aquarium is the best place. And this week let’s explore Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

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In Australia, my favorite place to visit with kids would be the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. What is special about this aquarium? Why do I recommend this to you?

If you have already seen Manly Sea Life Sanctuary you are gonna love this. Let me share my detailed review of this place. My details will be focused more on a parent point of view. You can understand the importance of this place and I have tried to make it a virtual tour for you to know where to begin and see this place. Also, I have listed the special attractions offered in the aquarium for kids.

First, we shall start the tour from how to head to this place. It is situated in Sydney and yes centrally located nearby Darling Harbour. You can drive to this place and park the car in the ample space provided. Alternatively, go in the ferry service that is provided every 30 mins from Circular Quay Wharf. You can take a train and also walk down from Wynyard or Town Hall station and it will not take more than 10 mins.

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The aquarium is open from 10 in the Morning and closes at 6 PM every day. During vacation, they open at 9.30 AM. You need to be there before 5 PM to get entry. Minimum of 90 mins is required to visit all places in the aquarium. However, you can choose to spend the whole day as well. See more details here.  Kids have many events and let me explain them in the coming sections.

You can buy a ticket online or in person. There are several options available like general admission, flexible admission, and annual pass, etc. Check here to book your tickets. Toddlers and babies aged 3 and below can enjoy the visit at free of cost. Make a note that kids below age 18 need to be accompanied by adults for visiting the place. Their entry is otherwise restricted for safety purposes.

Things that would interest kids in Sea Life Sydney Aquarium 

Sydney Aquarium with kids

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There is loads of entertainment waiting for kids and every underwater creature presented here will create a long-lasting memory for both adults and kids. Continue reading to know more.

There are more than 13000 animals available here and they belong to 700 different species. Yes, you can find seahorses, sharks, rays, and penguins too.

  1. Great Barrier Reef

Great barrier reef

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This is the latest exhibit in the aquarium but has caught the attention of every kid and is also called the Day and Night on the reef. You can witness the life of sea animals both during day and night.

The lightning effect is so accurate that you will feel as though it is really night. The transition happens very carefully to not let the audience miss any feel. Day to night movement makes kids feel surprised and you can hear a wow from each visitor. Further kids will enjoy walking across the beach that is bioluminescent. They will love to watch the spawn, meet the turtles, and travel with the jellyfish swarms.

  1. Discovery Rockpools

Commonly seen sea creatures in the rockpools are collected for your view here. Roll up kids sleeves and they can enjoy the touch and feel of port Jackson shark eggs, sea cucumber, and sea stars.

Also, you can watch the coral-branded shrimp on the kid’s TV using a specially designed underwater camera. It was launched on Oct 6th, 2016 and since then has got a great reception from the visitors.

  1. Dugong Island

Pig the Dugong was rescued as a baby who was malnourished and hence found a place in this aquarium. You can watch the story of this Dugong Pig 3 times in a day. There are Wuru and Pig which are the two surviving dugongs across the world. It is great to see them here in this aquarium.

Dugong at the Sydney Aquarium

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  1. Jurassic Seas

Discovery of sealife that evolved in the due course of time can be enjoyed in Jurassic seas. Also, detailed understanding about fossils of jellyfish, lungfish and nautilus is made easy here. There are long buried large fossils of several marine reptiles. Can you imagine Jurassic period is 200 million years old and those fossils are found here for experiencing the life of Jurassic animals?

  1. Penguin Expedition

Little Penguin

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There is always a huge queue here to explore the penguins. But don’t, worry as the line moves quickly and you can soon enjoy boarding the sub-Antarctic boat to get into the snow world and have fun with Gentoo and king penguins.

  1. Shark Valley

These are the underwater tunnels and you can move close to the shark and find an abundance of grey nurse sharks. Even Queensland gropers are found here. It is 1.5 million liter oceanarium and renovated as shark valley. There is a tunnel for 100 meters and has a huge skeleton of the whale at its end. The glass walk will take you to shark and feel the fear of lemon sharks.

  1. South Coast Shipwreck

In this place, you can find an exclusive aquarium for penguins, moon jellies, and Port Jackson sharks. It is a simulation of a shipwreck environment and there is enough space for kids to study about southern ocean sea animals.

  1. Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

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There are 600 species with Sydney Harbour as home and you can see them learn about the ecology of Australia. This Harbour is the main link in the ecosystem. Take a look at the cuttlefish, and silver sweep.

Special attractions inside the aquarium

The main two attractions for kids include school activities and animal feeds.
sealife sydney aquarium with kids

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Colorful creature

Every year during the vacation between July and August there is a special school activity program organized. This year you can feel glad about the colorful creatures. It is on from 29th June to 4th August.

This is free for kids and they are allowed to make a storybook about the colorful creatures in the aquarium and are awarded a souvenir as a gift of memory.

Animal Feed And Talks

Animal feed and talks
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The kids can join the team to see how animals eat and communicate. The feeding time slots are fixed and you can accompany the team to see them eat at no additional cost except the admission fee.

  • The timing is 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM every day when penguins talk. You can see this in the South Coast Shipwreck.
  • The fossils interaction happens in Jurassic sea between 11 and 2 PM.
  • Dugong time is 11.30 AM to 2.30 PM in Dugong Island.
  • Sub-Antarctic habitat talk at 12 Noon till 3 PM in the penguin expedition

Plan the timing and kids will certainly have a great time listening to the sea animal’s talk.

What else can be done by kids in there?

The fun does not end there and much more for kids. They can see the shark dive several times in a day and all that happens in the shark valley. Go with the penguins between 1.30 PM and 3.30 PM to enjoy penguin encounter.
shark dive sydney

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Hmm, there is much more which I would want you to personally visit and experience. Do not forget to share your thoughts to help the other visitors.

Other attractions in a nearby neighborhood

I can understand, having reached this place you have a hunger to explore more. Find below the other places which you might be interested in visiting along with kids.

You can check out these places namely the Madame Tussauds, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Sydney Tower Eye as they are housed in Darling Harbour.

  • Madame Tussauds

You will feel amazed to see wax dolls of famous figures and you can talk, and walk with them. The featured figures include.

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
  • Prince Harry
  • Prince William
  • Queen Elizabeth II

 Kids can learn about whom they are and have fun with the wax figures.

  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo

Wild Life Sydney Zoo

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There is nothing to tell about what will amaze kids in a zoo. They can spend hours there in the zoo looking at birds and animals of all kinds. The different zones here catch your attention and they are kangaroo walkout, butterfly tropics, devils den, gumtree valley, nightfall, wallaby cliffs, etc. You can also enjoy watching platypus pool, saltwater crocodile, koalas, and all huge Australian mammals. There is no dearth to the variety of animals in the Sydney wildlife zoo. Discover in detail about spiders too. So you must make it once to this place to become kids along with your kids.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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  • Sydney Tower Eye

It’s time to take a look at the entire Sydney city and hence you must not miss out reaching Sydney tower eye. This is 250 meters above the streets and allows you to view in all 360 degrees. Seeing the beauty of Sydney is so easy from this tower. Climb up anytime between 9 AM and 9 PM to give a great treat to your eyes. The ticket counter closes at 8 PM and you are not allowed inside after that. Make sure you take care of kids when you are at that height. The ideal time to enjoy would be during the sunset to take a look at the scenic beauty of Sydney.

Want more?

Check out our previous review on Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

Your kids might have fun reading these  15 Sea-Life Mistakes in Finding Dory.

Interested in more? find more interesting places that you can take on excursion with your kids here

Spore Printing with Mushroom – Botany Lesson with Fungi

It’s time to deal with plants and creating spore printing with mushroom is really fun. Natural science activities for bubbling little kids.

Making mushroom spore prints fun nature science idea for kids

Spore printing can be made with plants and this fungi mushroom is so easy to do. Even your 3-year-old little one will do it in no time.

Suitable For

This experiment is part of the natural science experiment and best suited for preschool going kids and KG kids. My younger one Tisha had a great time doing this experiment.

 

However, elder ones will add more creativity to it and they will scrap off the pores or explore them using microscopes. So it is good to go for all kids.

Follow these simple steps and making spore prints with mushroom is so easy

Use any type of mushrooms like the large one or the tiny button type to do spore printing. There are many colors of mushroom spore-like black, brown, etc. Even the shapes vary from one to the other. So pick from the garden and try exploring with kids.

This time I used the large mushroom available in fields and they are called as an open cap or portobello mushroom. We bought it from the local store.

Things required

  • Water
  • Hairspray
  • Knife
  • White paper
  • Mushroom

 

Step #1: Look for a mushroom with protected gills. In case they are exposed, then use the one that is fresh.

Caution: Wild mushrooms are poisonous so be careful and let kids not keep them in their mouth. Make sure to practice washing hands every time after any activity.

Field Mushroom

Step #2: Remove the lower part and just retain the gills. Let the stem inside the gills be present until it is present inside.

If you know it is safe to eat, then let the kids eat the cut portion of the stem.  Tisha loves to eat and play with such food items.

Cutting the rim from the field mushroom to expose the gills

Step #3: Keep the mushroom top side with the gills on the paper with the gills resting on the paper. The umbrella type top will be seen on the other side. Use a thick paper as we did it with a normal A4 sheet and it bloated a bit.

 

Step #4: Place water droplets on the cap and this will ensure the spore to make an impression on the paper due to the wetness. Close with a box and cover it completely. Do not disturb for 12 hours or one full night. The night is best as kids will go to sleep. Otherwise, my Tisha will keep on checking to open the box out of curiosity.

Creating mushroom spore prints

Step #5: In the morning take the box out and you will be amazed to the spore printed on the paper. It will look so cool with minute prints of the spores.

Making a spore print from a field mushroom fun nature science for kids

Though they are tiny they give a gorgeous look and the gills will look perfectly impressed.

Mushroom spore print fun nature science for kids

Using the hairspray preserve the print for a longer time. But allow it to dry after spraying.

Remove some spores using a needle and see them through the microscope. Put some water on the spore and cover it. This time we missed it and planning to try next time for sure.

Biology for kids making mushroom spore prints

Based on the weather at home, humidity, and heat the mushroom will be available to be cooked after leaving the spore impression on the paper. But make sure it is in good condition before you decide to grill or toast it.

Making field mushroom spore prints

Mushroom Facts

Mushroom belongs to the fungi plant family.

The reproduction of mushroom happens by the spore getting released and these germinate into a new plant.

The spore is very tiny and requires a microscope to view through. Each matured mushroom will contain 1000s of spores and on one single gill.

They come in many colors namely black, brown, white, etc. Also, in different size, and shade.

Check this out for several innovative ideas to make spore printing with mushroom.

Create a field mushroom spore print fun biology nature science for kids

We are trying for the 2nd time and feel easy than the first time. I am planning to collect many mushrooms and try different printings. Soon you can expect exclusive page for mushroom spore printing. Stay connected with us.

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Comparing Different Seeds – An Activity About Nature Science

To study and to compare various vegetables and flower seeds that are edible – science activity for kids about nature.
Studying and comparing vegetable and flower seeds fun spring nature study science activity for kids

My kids and I wanted to make an attempt to grow food on our own. Pritika always wanted to become an agriculturalist and that is her ambition. Off course, she has changing ambitions every often. Still, I wanted to nurture her thoughts and made up my mind to teach her some concepts about farming. I took up a decision to grow some plants to show her the actual life cycle of plants from seeds.

Seeds are the base for growing plants and most of the plants grow from seeds.  We followed the process religiously and planted seeds. From the small plants, we observed the plant life cycle.

As a first step we purchased seeds from the store and we selected them based on how they will grow, what will they yield, and which will grow in the summer season. I preferred vegetables but my daughter wanted to see flowers grow as well. So we had both the seeds that will grow like a plant, yielding flowers (edible) and vegetables.

Also, I did not want to plant them just like that. So I studied them and compared to teach some science to my daughter. Both my girls looked at the seed with excitement.

Studying and comparing vegetable seeds fun nature study science activity for kids

Then I took 2 trays and gave one for my elder one and another to the younger one. Also, I gave them with pencil, paper, and magnifying glasses. I did not give any instruction to them but allowed them to do per their thoughts.

Pritika currently is 6.5 years old and she started comparing the seeds based on their look. Took the spelling of the seeds from the cover and noted them in her paper. She segregated seeds as long, big, and round.

Comparing seeds nature study science activity for kids
Seed Comparison

Finally, she told that the biggest seed was corn, longest was marigold, fattest was nasturtium, smallest was the carrot, roundest – radish, and pointiest – parsley.

I was so proud to see her working out the math, science, and her English skills in one activity!

I gave her a suggestion to rank seeds but she was keener in putting labels to them.

We discussed seeds and their characteristics. I told her that seeds look will not decide the appearance of the plant. Both flower yielding plants nasturtium and marigold did not have similar looking seeds.

Now, let me tell you about my younger one Tisha who is 4 years old did something different with the seeds. She is indeed small to work diligently like Pritika. She sorted the seeds into groups and wrote its name in the craft sticks. They were colored indeed as she loves to have fun with colors.

Labelling craft stick seed markers

Ok, its time to plant them and see them grow. 

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