We had great fun making this with our godparents in Romsey. We visited their farm, so Daddy helped Uncle Alex with his harvesting and Aunty Louisa made 'Chocolate Giggles' with us.
The new mixtures from SweetPea Pantry are cool and so easy to use, we missed out on the weighing as it was all included in the pack mix. But it was fun to make, easy to roll and shape after it was mixed. Although they say they are very healthy, we still though they were really tasty. So did Daddy and Uncle Alex too!
Following the creation of the smoothies we decided to look a little more closely at what makes a mixture and what makes a solution. We started off by talking about what solutions and mixtures are and then did some experiments to discover a little more about how to make and separate them.
Our first experiment was to discover which substances can be made into solutions with water (Aim)
You will need (Apparatus)
8 transparent glass
50ml of tap water in each glass (to make sure it is a fair test)
a teaspoon / stirrer
What we did (Method)
What did we find out? (Results)
We discovered that salt, bath salts, sugar, instant coffee dissolved in water. Sand, gravel and chalk did not dissolve in the water. We thought that the flour had dissolved, but when we left it for a few
minutes it began to separate again so we learnt that it does not dissolve in water.
Once we had made these solutions and mixtures we wondered how we could separate them again. The mixtures (sand, gravel, chalk and flour) seemed easy to separate using the physical process of sieving/filtering. The solutions were a little more tricky and needed a chemical process because it required heat. This is how we did it.
How to separate the salt and the water in a saturated salt solution (Aim)
What you will need (Apparatus)
A cold plate
Tongs and heat proof gloves
Bowl to collect the water
A heat source
What we did with the help of Mummy and Grandma (Method)
A salt solution was made by adding salt to 50ml of water until no more salt can dissolve, making it a saturated salt solution.
Filter the solution into the foil dish using a funnel and a piece of muslin to stop any undissolved salt going into the dish.
Then heat the salt solution.
When the solution starts to boil, hold the plate at an angle over the foil dish using the tongs, whilst wearing the heat proof gloves. The plate needs to be pointing down towards the water collecting bowl.
Watch as the salt begins to form crystals and water condenses onto the plate.
What happened? (Results)
The salt turned back into crystals once all the water had evaporated into water vapour. When the water vapour touched the cold plate it condensed back into water droplets and dripped into the collecting bowl. When we tasted the water it was no longer salty.
Whilst we were watching the solution separate it reminded us of the stages of the Water Cycle.
After testing our strength in the garden yesterday, we decided to test our brains today by building a torch. We used a kit made by Green Science to make a dynamo torch. It uses a very simple motor invented by Michael Faraday in the 1800's and gear chains similar to the ones we saw in the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum.
If you want to make a dynamo torch, here's how Libby and I made it
YOU WILL NEED:
dynamo torch casing and accessories
a transparent torch cover
a toy motor
two gears and an axel
a LED lamp with holder and wires connected
HOW YOU MAKE IT:
1. We laid out all our pieces from the kit on a tray to prevent losing any of the pieces.
2. Next, we put our the wires from the LED light through a hole and we secured it in place.
3. Then, we attached the gears to the torch casing and screwed it together with 6 of our 10 screws.
4. After this, we screwed the handle to the torch casing connecting it to the gears.
5. Following this, we carefully twisted the wires from the LED light to the motor making sure we had a secure connection so that the circuit was complete.
6. When this was done, we inserted the motor into the torch casing and secured it with screws.
7. Finally, we placed the transparent cover over the LED bulb and tested it. It worked!!!
When we had finished making it we learnt that the motor works by turning the handle, which rotates a wire in the middle of two magnets generating an electric current. This is called electromagnetic induction. The electric current, which is measured in volts, then lights the LED bulb. The faster we turned the handle, the greater the voltage of electricity produced, the brighter the LED bulb shines.
Yesterday we made bird feeders at junior church, then today we've hung them in Grandma and Grandad's garden. It's a beautiful day and we can't wait to see what wildlife the feeders might bring. Their garden has lots of birds in it including blue tits, robins, pair of long tailed tits, sparrows, lesser spotted & green woodpeckers, magpies and a parakeet!!!
If you want to make a bird feeder, here's how Lottie and I made it
YOU WILL NEED:
2 Yogurt pots (empty... yum, yum!)
2 Cuboids of Lard (roughly 300g)
Bird Seed or your choice of nuts (50g)
A metal skewer
HOW YOU MAKE THEM:
1. Measure out your cuboid of lard and bird seeds
2. Get your two empty yogurt posts, skewer a hole through the end of the yogurt pot
3. Cut your string into 50cm lengths (you will need at least 2), tie a large knot at the end of one of the pieces of string (must be bigger than hole in yogurt pot)
4. Thread the string through until it is tight to the knot
5. Mix the bird seed and lard together until the seeds are mixed in... mucky!
6. Put the mixture into the yogurt pot and seal with a layer of clingfilm
7. Put each pot into your fridge for 1 night until the mixture is hard
1. Find a shady tree in the garden and hang from a branch that overhangs the garden (not grass).
2. Secure it tightly with a 'reef knot' or 'Blake's Hitch'
Hope you get some new birds to come and visit your garden, we are now going to make a hedgehog shelter in the wildlife garden (at the bottom), check on who nested in the bird house we made for them in Okehampton and also try to make homes for other animals that are in their garden (newts, frogs) to match our butterfly house!
We had a great time making these fun starters... we had them loads in Catania and decided we could make them ourselves... this is the first blog where we didn't need Mummy/Daddy as much... I (Lottie) even put it in the oven myself...
I love seeing how pretty you can make the fun, the special colours when it has been baked golden... it was great fun and we then packed it all up and had a picnic with the breads... we've decided we love salami too so we had some of that too...
We had such a cool time today on the beach with our new friends - Kevin, Kirsten and especially Jemima. We made a huge picnic on the beach and played all afternoon....then we thought they could come and make pizza with us as a special Bakery Blog with our new friends. But before that we watched Paw Patrol in their van - super cool !!!
The making of the pizza was amazing, but the adults pizza was super hot as Daddy put some fresh chillies on at the end...
We rolled the dough, spread the passata and added tomatoes, peppers,salami, olives, lemon oil, basil and cheese.. (all fresh and Italian!! - we love their food)
We then put it in the oven and then Libby & Kirsten made a lentil salad to go with it. We all made focaccia bread to dip in the olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
Best Bakery Blog so far as we had so much fun all evening - making, eating and lots of laughter!!
Today, we stayed in the van as it was a bit rainy outside but that didn't stop us having fun baking. We baked some lovely biscuits, then we ate the first batch very quickly - cos they were scrummy!!!
We loved using our new bakery kit from Colourworks, it has a rolling pin, cutters and was great fun to use!!
Jammie Tarts are our favourite, like Jammy Dodgers but more chewy!!! Like a Mars Bar!!!
We love strawberries!!! and we are staying in the capital of Sicilian strawberry making!!! nr the NE of Sicily (near Marsala - Agrigento)
So not wanting to waste this opportunity, we decided that cookie cutters and strawberries meant only one thing......
Comfort over Design Jammie Tarts!!!! Enjoy!!!
Going round Italy has been amazing, we have loved eating fresh fruit every day. New fruits we've never tried and some of our favourites. We've bought it from the supermarket, picked it fresh and bought it from street stalls (little lorries)
So we decided that we should reflect this in our choice of Torta di Mele. We love all the citrus (oranges, lemons) around us each day in Sorrento or Sicily.
We enjoyed baking with our new colour works kit, we love the feel of the silicon and the splash of colour makes us smile when we are cooking with Mum & Dad.
We tried two types (cupcakes and in a Tefal Ingenue saucepan/tin) - we liked the bigger cake the best.
Our top tip - keep the lemon juice out and use it to stop the apple going brown (the bits used to decorate the top)
What is the perfect breakfast for a motorhome...? Pancakes????
We had a brilliant time making pancakes today, not much washing up but lots of mess!!! Real fun!!!
We love our new Colourworks kitchen equipment, all the special colours make it so much fun to bake and make food!! Our pancakes were doubly special as we had some special flour from our godmother and her husband. We were bridesmaids at their wedding in February and as farmers they gave each guest some of their special flour. We had loads of fun jumping around in their grain store before Christmas so we hope our feet were clean!!!!!!!
The pancakes were a great breakfast and we made lots of new types of pancakes.... our favourite is the nutella and cream!!! Loads of fun!!! Jofli Bear helped too and even had some pancake!
Hope you enjoy our next video blog... we love making these for our cousin Izzy and her class (5D) who are studying Italy at the moment.