Saturday, 18 March 2017

Cambridge Science Festival First Saturday

Today we went to the Science Festival.

We started off engineering, making a large cardboard castle (almost impossible to get home on a bike!) with working lights! P enjoyed making the circuit and E designing the castle, even utilizing spare cardboard to add an extension.


Next we went to the Chemistry Department where we enjoyed learning about hydrogen batteries for cars, turning 2p coins gold and other exciting experiments.




Lastly, we went to the Biology departments for CHaOS. The girls enjoyed biology, chemistry and physics experiments. 





Thursday, 16 February 2017

Snowdrops @Anglesey Abbey

P and I enjoyed the sunshine and went for lovely walk around Anglesey Abbey looking for signs of spring!  There were snowdrops everywhere with other bulbs starting to push their way up. We enjoyed the mill and the Hoe Fen play area.








Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Twilight at the musuems

We visited Twilight at the Museums where 12 museums in Cambridge offer free drop-in activities for families to enjoy. We started off the Museum of Cambridge where we made candles!



 Then we moved the University Library - where although we couldn't look round the library itself we could view their 'Curious Objects' collection. It contains the more unusual objects in the Library’s history; from an ostrich feather and ectoplasm to an old boot, a boomerang, and beard hair sent to Charles Darwin. We then listened to stories and enjoyed some crafts!


Cycling home, we stopped off by the Senate House to watch the e-Luminate festival display!



Monday, 13 February 2017

London Eye and Wonderlab

We went on a day trip to London.


First at the request of E, we went on the London Eye. We didn't fast track tickets and so spent about an hour and half queueing!  However, once we finally made it on to the Eye we did have a good time and the girls enjoyed the views. It was a little hazy to the west but there were good views to the east.



Then we took the tube to the Science Museum. P is learning about space so we visited the Exploring Space gallery where we saw the full-sized replica of ‘Eagle’ – the lander that took astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to the Moon in 1969. P enjoyed reading about how to live in space – to breathe, eat, drink and go to the toilet (E has decided not to be an astronaut any more due to the fact she may have to wear nappies in the space rocket!)

We also the saw the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module that brought Tim Peake back safely to Earth.
Then we went to floor two where we paid to visit Wonderlab - a space full of interactive science exhibits designed to inspire children. Everything in the gallery is designed to be played with or experimented on!  Highlights include the friction slides, biting on a metal prong to hear music vibrating directly into your brain and the Sip or Spray game where you sit opposite each other with a screen set up between you and have to press a button to choose whether to give your opponent a sip of water or spray them in the face. We also went to 2 live shows - one about electricity and the other about rockets! These are excellent and children (even Evie!) were called out from the audience to take part in the experiments and demonstrations. 
However, it was busy and we did have to queue to get in!








Saturday, 28 January 2017

Chinese New Year

Today we thought about Chinese New Year by watching the story in the CBeebies website. P then made dinner by cooking chicken chow mein.

Ingredients:
  • thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 5 spring onions
  • 200g beansprouts
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 3 nests of egg noodles
Method
  1. Peal and grate the ginger. Put into a bowl with ketchup, oyster sauce, soy sauce with 3 tablespoons of water. Crush the garlic cloves and add. Mix together.
  2. Cut the pepper and spring onion into strips.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.

  4. Follow the instructions on the noodles and cook them.
  5. Heat some oil in a wok and fry the chicken. Once it is cooked add the pepper and cook for a minute.
  6. Add the sauce. Once it has thickened add the cooked noddles, spinng onions and bean sprouts.
  7. Stir to coat everything and then serve!  

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Year in Sweden

We have just come back from a fantastic week in Sweden where we enjoyed catching up with old friends, ice-skating, playing in the snow and a couple of sight seeing trips! Stockholm, although expensive, is really easy to get around and has the benefit of everyone speaking amazing English.  We bought our own ice skates and so enjoyed skating for free both in the centre of Stockholm and then at an ice-hockey pitch - often powered by Pepperkacka. I was the worst and E was the most confident! All the girls really came on with their skating ability.

 We went to Junnibacken which is a children’s museum dedicated to Swedish children’s literature with lots of places for children to play. We loved the Story Train which takes you on an amazing journey through the stories of Astrid Lindgren.



 We enjoyed wondering round the beautiful city!



 We also went to Skansen which is an open-air museum and zoo.  We loved the Scandinavian animals where we saw bison, moose, grey seals, lynxes, otters, red foxes, reindeer, wolves, and wolverines as well as rare breeds of farm animals.


 There is also a full replica of a 19th-century town, where craftsmen, such as glass-blowers and bakers, demonstrate their skills.
 We played in various parks.
 The last day we had plenty of snow and the girls loved using our friends' sled.