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Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


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Build your own sand timerAccurately measure time using sand and two drinks bottles

It is said that the hourglass was invented at some time during the 14th century in medieval Europe, but thatís only because the first pictures of sand timers and ships stores records date from the early 1300ís. For all we know, people have been using the flow of sand to measure the passing hours of the day since the time of the Egyptians. Itís clear however that from about the 15th Century onwards they were being used by just about anyone that could afford one.
. . . During Magellanís pioneering voyage to circumnavigate the world, each ship kept as many as 18 hourglasses, and it was the job of a ship's page to turn the hourglasses and thus provide the times for the ship's log.
. . . Nowadays, hourglasses are used purely for decorative purposes because much more accurate ways of measuring time have been invented. This project shows you how to easily make a sand timer that can be used to accurately measure the time needed to boil an egg (three minutes). Use soft, fine, dry sand and calibrate your timer carefully and you will find that it will quite accurately measure the time it takes to cook a perfect soft boiled egg.
. . . Building an egg timer is a really neat experimental project because it has all the fun of making something and yet it is really proper science. Talk to your kids about the experiment. I donít believe in dumbing down things for children too much. They are learning machines and hungry for any interesting bits of information. As long as you use words that they understand, youíll find that kids of any age readily grasp new concepts. Discuss the nature of time and its measurement with your kids as you are making the egg timer. But make sure you listen to what they are saying, when they are relaxed and having fun the things they talk about are a good window on how they are thinking and feeling.
. . . Keep any discussion about the experiment brief and to the point in hand so that they donít lose interest. Below you'll find an experimental discussion outline. This is just a few key interesting facts about the experiment, designed to help you fire up your children's interest, and help you explain simply what's going on in the experiment if they ask.



When was the first recorded use of an sand timer?
The earliest pictures showing the use of the hourglass seems to be in the AD 1338 fresco Allegory of Good Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

What is the largest sand timer in the world?
Since 2008, the largest sand timer in the world has been in Red Square in Moscow. It stands nearly 12 meters in height and weighs 40 tonnes and can run for over a year on one turn!

Are sand timers still used in public?

Apart from loads of people using them for fun to time egg boiling and as simple timers in board games, both houses of the Australian Parliament still use three hourglasses to time certain procedures, such as divisions (the time taken to take a vote on a question).

What is an hourglass figure?
The shape of the hourglass with its bulge at top and bottom and a narrow part in the middle gave its name to the look of the painful corset worn by women to give them a silhouette resembling the hourglass shape: wide bottom, narrow waist (also called a wasp waist) and wide top.



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Life is an experiment
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Do you remember when you were a kid and you mixed things up to see what would happen? When you're a kid, inquiring is what you do. In the words of Uncle Buckís nephew, "itís my job". Kids really love to experiment and are always on the look out for new information, itís how they learn so much about the world around them.

As their dad, you are the perfect person to dust off the kid in you and get down to some serious fun experimentation

Kitchen Chemistry, Crystalography, Electricity, Chromatography and truly mind bending adventures in Topology are just a few of the experiments youíll find here. Most of them have a special printer downloadable booklet that will allow you to record and keep your results.

Most of the experiments here will be covered by your children's school at one time or another, so why not give them a head start in class and get them excited about learning. But in any case doing kitchen top experiments together with your children, following easy to use plans, is incredibly rewarding for dad and kid alike.

Some of the experiments (like the Mobius Strip Experiment) will only take a few minutes, but theyíre be no less amazing and thought provoking. Others will take up the whole afternoon. And you donít have to be a chemist to do any of these experiments either. All the experiments are fully described and illustrated with easy to follow step by step instructions, and most have a few questions and answers to help you stimulate discussion. Kids love learning if theyíre interested in something, so set their imagination on fire with a science experiment; I guarantee that they will remember it until they're doing it with kids of their own.


The world is an interesting place, and you are one of the best people to show your children just how interesting it is


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