Today I am offering you a corker of a book series. The Magic School Bus.
Some of you might recognise it from your own childhood.
Join quirky teacher, Ms. Frizzle, as she takes her class on amazing adventures in the magic school bus to impossible places. Each book covers a different science topic in a fun and imaginative way. The kids will discover a wide variety of things including, the human body, weather hazards, magnets, the planets, deep sea exploration and so so much more!
The book series has been turned into a cartoon available on Netflix. Sometimes we just need 20 child free minutes to get jobs done, pop on this educational series and get the kids learning without even realising it. Sneaky!
Click here to visit the scholastic website for a full list of the books, printable colouring pages and a wealth of science experiments for you to conduct at home with the children!
Their experiments answer questions such as
– What are seashells made of?
– What dinosaurs roamed in your back yard?
– How can you create an eruption of colour?
Personally, I quite like this Experiment : Honey-Comb Bones which answers the question Why are bones so strong???
You will need :
- Empty cardboard cereal box
• Tape or stapler
1) First, use the scissors to cut five 9-inch cardboard strips from the cereal box. The strips should be about 1 1/2 inches wide .
2) Then, fold one of the strips into a hexagon shape. That’s a shape with six equal sides. Leave a little bit of extra cardboard so that you can fasten the ends with tape or staples. Don’t fasten the ends yet .
3) Use the first cardboard strip to model the other strips, so that they are all the same size and shape.
4) Now fasten the strips so that you have five hexagon shapes.
5) Attach three hexagons together in a row. Put them together by fastening the flat sides face-to-face. The hexagons should look like a honey-comb.
6) Now, attach the other two hexagons on top of the row of three. Fasten all the sides that touch.
7) Stand the rows of hexagons upright. Press down on the hexagons. What do you notice?
A Scientific Explanation:
The human bone is made up of tiny hexagons like the ones you made. The six-sides of the hexagon help distribute, or spread, weight which make the bones very strong. The hollow center of the hexagon allows veins and nerves to run through the bone. The hexagon shape is so effective that the human thighbone is as strong as the concrete used to build skyscrapers!
Try this experiment again using round or square shapes. How are these shapes alike? How are they different? Which shape is the strongest to build from?