Animals of the night :: 7 days of creativity with the Night Zookeeper

We have been joined by the Night Zookeeper this week. He has put together a selection of ideas on how to create magical animals and share them with the world by uploading them to his wonderful online zoo.

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Fantastic creative fun for kids: download the Night Zookeeper!

Good evening and welcome to my zoo. This zoo is unlike any other in the world. Here you can awaken your imagination and play under the light of stars. There are thousands of magical animals in our zoo, from Time Travelling Elephants to Spying Giraffes.

What will you create?

Young zookeepers all over the world have been creating magical animals in lots of different ways. Test your creativity by completing a different mission each day.

Monday: the painted animal… Read more »

Math games with 3M Post-it Super Sticky Notes

I’m working with 3M today, to showcase some of the fun you can have with their super sticky Post-it Notes. Here’s some hands-on math games you can try, exploring shape, size, patterns and scale, with some art and imaginary play thrown in for good measure too!

Great ideas for hands-on math games using Post-It notes: exploring shape, scale, patterns and size.

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10 reasons we love Spielgaben toys

I have a great set of play and learning materials to tell you about today. Have you met Spielgaben? We were sent a fantastic set of their wooden educational toys and learning materials to review and we’ve been enjoying playing with them for weeks now. So many play possibilities! Here’s what we think of them – plus details of a special Early Bird offer you can take advantage of.

Spielgaben are fantastic wooden toys and play resources. Great for creative learning, math play, construction... Read the review and grab the Early Bird offer.

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Win over £100 worth of creative play prizes from Makedo

Edited 30th November 2012: This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Antonia and Lisa J – you won! My girls loved your ideas. I’ve just sent you an e-mail to arrange your prize

I have a super competition for you today, with over £100 in prizes from Makedo on offer. The prizes are just right for creative kids who love to play! Makedo is a great new product that takes junk modelling to a whole new level. These Makedo kits enable children of all ages to transform packaging into exciting play objects such as cars, playhouses, robots  – whatever their imagination desires.

The competition is for UK residents only and I have two sets of prizes on offer. It’s super easy to enter the competition. All you have to do is answer this question:

What’s the very best thing you could do with a cardboard box?

My daughters B and L will pick their two favourite suggestions and the the two readers who gave those suggestions will be the winners.

Over £100 worth of Makedo prizes

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What’s wrong with physics for girls?

Did you know you can stick a big pointy skewer right through a balloon and it won’t pop?

Or use a sieve full of holes to hold water? Or make milk psychedelic? Or build your own hovercraft? Super cool experiments for kids (see below to find out how) all using the appliance of physics.

Did you know that physics skills can lead children into all sorts of careers?

And we’re not just talking about scientists in laboratories. Chefs, gymnasts, poker players

Here’s Masterchef finalist Aki Matshushima explaining how she uses physics in her work.

And did you know that in the UK in 2011 49% of co-ed schools sent no girls on to A-level physics?

Not one girl.

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