Let children dream through science with Haier

Haier world’s leading home appliances brand commits to supporting science and technology in the UK and Inspires the next generation of innovators by announcing its support to the Science Museum in London. The partnership started on 1st July 2012 and will run for 2 years. Haier is very interested in the way that science and technology impact our everyday lives, their commitment to the science museum will enable school children experience practical science in a fun environment encouraging them to pursue these topics at a young age.

The Science museum is one of London’s most visited attractions drawing 3 million visitors a year and up to 20,000 on very busy days. Of that 3 million there are roughly 360,000 young people in which are booked educational groups.

“We were very impressed by the work of the Science Museum and felt that sponsoring their new-technology and family-friendly galleries was an excellent opportunity to engage with the British public” Stated Wei Duan, Market Director haier Uk and Ireland.

A part of the partnership Haier will sponsor a dedicated area in the Launchpad which is a gallery that is dedicated to encouraging children and young people to explore science first hand with 50 hands-on exhibits and shows. launchpad is all about asking questions and making sense of the science that makes our world. Being interactive, educational and fun The Launchpad is the most popular part of the Science Museum, the space that Haier are sponsoring within the Launchpad area aims to encourage children and young people to engage with science and to use their creativity to become the innovative designers of tomorrow.

Drawings displayed in Launchpad

A week ago the boys were invited along to an event at the Science Museum with Haier for them to experience hands on the Launchpad area. Haier took over the top floor of the Museum where they allowed the children to have fun creating their own liquid nitrogen ice cream, make delicious smoothies by playing a computer game on a bicycle and take part in experiments that were put together by the science museum outreach team.

We arrived late on the day so we missed out on experiencing the launchpad area but we are not unfamiliar with it at all as a family we have visited it many times before in fact its the boys favourite place to go. They love being involved with the experiments and touching and trying out everything. My eldest boy Jak absolutely loves science and has tons of books on the subject, he says he wants to be an inventor when he is older and is always drawing away inventing new things. He mostly likes to invent new cars or new toys, he draws them and then labels them up. Although we missed the launchpad the boys were still invited to draw their very own invention on a card, Jak drew a new car that he has invented and Joseph drew an alien and a rocket. They couldn’t wait to hand them on so they would be placed on to the board for everyone to see.

Joseph’s invention

Once we arrived we was shown to our very own private floor away from all the other visitors of the day, we even got through the back entrance and walked through the museum before everyone else was allowed in, we felt so special lol. There was plenty for the children to try out, the first thing the zoned in on was the ice-cream made from liquid nitrogen, this was delicious! Jak filled himself up on this with flavours like chocolate with popping candy who couldn’t resist! Joseph waited for a turn on the bicycles which were attached to a computer and had a smoothie machine attached at the front, there was two bicycles and you cycled against your opponent in a race but it wasn’t a race of speed but of intelligence instead, you had to cycle quickly up a hill but slowly down it. Joseph was a little on the small side to reach the pedals so his big brother took his turn instead and made a yummy healthy strawberry smoothie.

Joseph loves to get messy so he really enjoyed the cornflour slime and milk experiments, he played with the cornflour experimenting with the texture and he made new colours with the milk and food colouring. A favourite of both theirs was the stupid egg trick where there are three glasses half filled with water and a tray placed on top of them with three tubes and eggs/balls balancing on top of the tubes, you hit the tray quite hard and hopefully the eggs/balls will fall into the glasses. Joseph managed two out of three so he done really well.

The boys were shown a selection of kitchen science which are activities that can be done at home with everyday ingredients. They wanted to show us that science isn’t just done in laboratories but instead is involved in all aspects of our lives.

Joseph was particularly interested in a Haier washing machine that was illuminated inside the machine so we could see inside and how it worked, although that wasn’t why he was attracted to it, Joseph thought it was a hand drier and was stood there with his hands in front of it trying to dry them, he did make everyone laugh.

 The boys and I had a brilliant day full of learning, experimenting and having fun and I particular enjoyed looking at the kitchen appliances, What! A lady can dream can’t she?;-)

If you want to find out more about the launchpad here http://sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad

Haier specialise in technology-led research, manufacturing and trading a large range of durable products- within Europe these include: televisions, refridgerators, dishwashers, washing machines, consumer electronics and energy saving solutions. Take a look at some of Haier appliances here www.haier.co.uk

Thank you to Sarah Gilbert for inviting us along to the event.

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Sports Crafts with Yellow Moon

The boys love to make things and are always sticking or colouring in something whether it be drawing animals of making spaceships the boys love to craft. So you can imagine my delight when an email popped up in my inbox from Yellow moon an online art and craft shop asking me if the boys of I would be interested in joining their blogging network, they would send us some crafts and the boys have to make them and then all I have to do is share their creations with you all, fabulous.

We received our first box of crafts last week and the boys were very happy to see that all the crafts that was sent to them was olympic/sport themed, seeing as they have been glued to the television watching the olympics i thought they would really enjoy making some of their own medals and their very own supporters hand to wave when watching the olympics. With Summer already here the time is right for thinking about getting the kids excited about a season of sporting fun with the Olympics being held only miles away from where we live. Yellow Moon have all the summer sports craft ideas you need to prepare some super sports-related activities for the children.

In the box we received

The boys were very excited when they saw what they had received and couldn’t wait to get stuck in and start making things. Joseph had taken everything out of the box and was ripping at the foam hands pack to open it, i enjoyed watching him excited as he never used to be interested in art and crafts but just recently i can’t stop him from going down the craft drawers we have in the cupboard and getting out some paper and glue to make something with. I am always encouraging him in a good way to use scissors in order to develop his fine motor skills and cutting out shapes his a great way to do this.

The first craft the boys decided to do was the foam hands, we was going to watch the mens Olympic Triathlon at Hyde Park and thought this would be a great place to wave their creations. The foam hands are already made and ready to place your hand inside all you have to do is decorate it the way you want to using glitter or stick-ons. The boys used the felt letters and the glitter pens to create two brilliant hands (if i say so myself) to wave at the athletes as they passed. The felt letters came in 7 different colours to choose from and was easy to peel away from the sheet even for Josephs little fingers. The letters are self adhesive which is ideal with my boys because when they use glue they can make lots of mess and end up sticking glue everywhere.

The glitter pens were easy to squeeze and the boys had a choice of 6 colours to use and with four of each colour there are lots to go around and should last for quite a while. I like how they come in a handy little storage pot so there will always be a place for them and the boys won’t be just throwing the pens in the craft drawer causing lots of mess. The foam hands are a great way of showing how creative you are by adding your design on it using pens or even gems.

The end product
The boys waving their hands at the passing athletes

Next up they made some of their own medals to wear , the pack comes with 6 medals with 3 different choices to make. Joseph chose to make the ‘Winner’ medal, Jak made the ‘1st’ medal and I made the ‘1st’ medal. Each medal kits comes with a foam medal template, self adhesive foam letters and stars and some coloured ribbon to tie the medal around your neck. The medals are very glittery and whats great is the glitter doesn’t come off when rubbed so there is no mess from these too, BRILLIANT!

The pack contents

These craft kits from Yellow Moon are fabulous ideas for the children, they keep them occupied for ages especially through the school holidays and each pack comes with instructions on what to do which are easy to follow and even have end pictures of what the kits should like when finished. Jak found them easy to follow and at times didn’t even have to read the instructions he just used his imagination and got on with it.

Jak really enjoyed doing the sew your own Union Jack keyrings, he got a chance to put some of his sewing skills to the test, this craft wasn’t easy for Joseph to do especially the stitching but he still enjoyed the activity by sticking the union jacks on to the cushion and now wears it with pride. This craft activity was Jak’s favourite one and he really liked the fact that they are cushion like key rings, Joseph says they are all soft and cuddly. I think they would make lovely little presents for the children to give to the family and fabulous keep sakes.

Jak sewing his keyring together

Every kit comes with everything needed to make the activity so nothing else is needed.

The last activity that the boys enjoyed doing was the Sport foam bookmarks, this is great for Jak as he loves to read and now has his very own bookmark to keep in his book on the page that he is reading also I am hoping that Joseph having a bookmark of his own will encourage him to read more often.

The boys have had lots of fun doing these activities and they have definitely kept them busy on days that I had nothing planned for them.

There are many different crafts that can be bought from the www.yellowmoon.org.uk like paints, stickers, coloured elastics and they also sell party bag goods and games. If your order comes under £20 there is a cost of £2.20 for delivery but anything over £40 the delivery is free and should be with you in 3- 5 days. Not only are the craft kits fabulous to have indoors for the children but are a great addition for any classroom in the schools to be using.

At brilliant prices and excellent products why not get creative with Yellow Moon.

I was sent these products for review purposes only and all of the words in this post are of my own.

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