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T3: Muck, Mess & Mixtures

Have a look at the clever fingers page as there is a really cool building a structure challenge, that I know year 2 will be brilliant at! Scroll down to where it says extra challenge to find the power point and some pictures to help you with some ideas. Good luck!


“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so… get on your way!” - Dr. Suess

DREAM BIG EVERYONE... what are you going to put in your bucket?

* What do you want to do?
* Who would you like to meet?
* Where would you like to go?
* What would you like to see?
* What would you like to learn?

You can find your bucket to fill in our Muck, Mess & Mixtures folder. 🌈

What's In My Bucket?

What makes slime?



Slime involves chemistry!  Chemistry is all about states of matter including liquids, solids, and gases. It is all about the way different materials are put together, and how they are made up of atoms and molecules. Chemistry is also about how these materials act under different conditions.


Slime is a non-Newtonian fluid. A non-Newtonian fluid is neither a liquid nor a solid. It can be picked up like a solid, but it also will ooze like a liquid.  Slime does not have its own shape.   You will notice your slime change its shape to fill whatever container it’s placed in.  However, it can also be bounced like a ball because of its elasticity.


Pull the slime slowly and it flows more freely. If you pull it quickly, the slime will break off more easily because you are breaking apart the chemical bonds.


I have chosen the recipe below as you are most likely to have all these ingredients at home in your kitchen cupboards. There are, however, lots of different recipes readily available on the internet for those that would like to test out some other recipes to find the most successful.

Make your own Marble Run or Maze

Magic Milk Experiment 


Water Fireworks


Walking Water Experiment




Salt Dough Stars



Salt Dough is super versatile and in the spirit of Children's Mental Health Week, why not have a go at expressing yourself using this medium.


Here are some easy, but really fun Salt Dough stars, so that you have your very own star like Boy in 'How to Catch a Star'. If you make lots, they can be used to make a lovely star mobile.


You will need:

  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Water (maybe a little more)
  • Paint to decorate (glitter and sparkles optional)
  • Star cutter (or ask a grown up to help you with a knife to carefully cut out a star shape)
  • Rolling pin 


What to do:

  1. Begin by mixing the flour and salt together.
  2. Add the water until it starts to form a dough.
  3. If it feels a little dry, you can add more water. Add one tablespoon at a time. If it is too sticky, then add a little more flour in.

  4. Knead the dough until it forms a soft ball. You will need to knead for at least 5-10 minutes to get it to a good consistency.

  5. Roll it out to about 1/2 inch in thickness.

  6. Cut out star shapes using a star cookie cutter. Use a skewer to make a hole at the top of one of the points. Careful not to get too close to the edge.

  7. Place the salt dough shapes on a baking paper lined cookie sheet or non-stick baking tray and bake at 120 degrees celsius for about 2-2.5 hours (Adults only).

  8. If the dough is not completely dried out, you can let it bake longer or turn the temperature of the oven slightly up. You will need to keep an eye on them if you turn the temperature up.

  9. Leave them over night to fully dry out and then you can grab your paints and glitter to decorate.





Design and Build your Own Junk Model Space Rocket




How cool would it be to have your very own rocket to jet off to the moon and beyond? If you have ever dreamed about going up in to space on an awesome adventure, then have a go at designing and building your very own space rocket.


Think carefully about what materials you would need to build your rocket. This is just a model, but what do you think the real rockets are made from and why?