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Pre-school Day: Autumn

The nights draw in and the air takes on a chill, and leaves crunch beneath your feet on the pavement. Autumn has definitely arrived.

But autumn is beautiful, in all its many colours. The greens fade, the reds appear, and the oranges and yellows shine through.

Most leaves are normally green due to chlorophyll, which is a chemical needed for the plant to make its own food using energy from sunlight.… Read more

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Pre-school day: wind power

Mother and daughter having fun outdoors, playing with pinwheelWind is fun. (All right, who giggled? No, not that kind of wind.)

We’re surrounded by air all the time, and apart from the fact that we keep on breathing, we don’t pay it much attention. Unless it’s moving. Wind can feel like we’re being hit in the guts with a wheelie bin – it has power, it has menace, it has character.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: super furry animals

Pre-school Day at Life Science CentreThis post is guest written by Faye Curtis, Public Engagement Intern at Life.

An interesting mission as a new intern: design the next Pre-school Day activity!

I tried to approach it by thinking about the things that little people like most. One of the first things that came to mind was animals.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: Superheroes

Pre-school Day: SuperheroesEvery child is a superhero.

Think about the changes that their bodies experience in the first couple of years of life: They go from seeing fuzzy light and dark no further than a parent’s face, to understanding shapes and colours at a huge range of depths by the age of 6-8 months.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: light and dark

Sometimes we have profound reasons for our choices of pre-school day activities. Sometimes we choose things mainly for convenience. Sometimes we are inspired by what’s in front of us, or something we’ve heard about recently.

This pre-school day, my decision is no more profound than what popped into my head as I walked around the LEGO® exhibition.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: Slime

Enjoying slime at the International Centre For Life in NewcastleSlime. That word fills my mind with all kinds of others. Gooey. Slippery. Icky. Gloopy. Squishy. Yucky. Runny. Squelchy. Messy. Sloppy. Squidgy….(ok, I’ll stop – I‘m having far too much fun there).

Slime is wonderful stuff to make and play with as long as you don’t mind a bit of mess.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: hands-on

HandsHands are fascinating. Just how well do you know the back of your hand? Wrinkled, smooth or hairy, every hand is different. They do so much for us. Imagine life without them for a moment, and the different solutions those without the use of hands have to find. We use our hands to move, to feed, to make.… Read more

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OK to Ask

Going to the doctor’s can be a scary ordeal when you’re under five. Strange rooms, people in funny uniforms, and dare I mention… needles shudder. And often this fear carries over into adulthood (even if it’s just very mild dread).

Rigorous TestingThis is a bit of a shame really, because the NHS is full of wonderfully dedicated and friendly people.… Read more

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Naughty Monsters in the planetarium

Naughty Monsters in the Sky smallA delightfully silly planetarium show returns to Life!

2016 sees the Naughty Monsters in the Sky back in planetarium. The terrible twosome help answer some of the most important questions of all: “Where does the Sun go at night?”, “Does the Moon really change shape?” and “Why don’t I always see the stars?”.… Read more

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Real Life Robots

RobotThe term robot was coined in 1920 in a Czech play called ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ and came from the term robota meaning ‘forced labour’. A robot is a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically.

The first ever recorded robot was actually created in 400BC by Archytas, who is known as the ‘father of mechanical engineering’.… Read more

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