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Monday 1st June - Outdoor art: Snails and swirls


Have a go at some of these outdoor art activities with a focus on snails. A great way for children to practise their fine motor skills making art by using lots of circular motions as they copy circles and swirls. I'll post Henri Matisse's Snail below as well to have a closer look for Wednesday's talk activity.


Wednesday 3rd June - Henri Matisse talk activity


Henri Matisse is a French artist known for making colourful works of art. He used a variety of materials in his work, including paint, bronze (for his sculptures), and he also made drawings using charcoal. As Matisse became older, he began to work with brightly coloured paper and would ‘paint with scissors’ to cut out shapes, animals, leaves, dancers and flowers and then arrange them.


One of Matisse's most famous works is called The Snail. Does the spiral pattern of shapes remind you of anything?





It was made in 1953 and shows Matisse's interest in bright colours. He arranged complementary colours alongside each other to create a vibrant effect. For example, you'll see that by putting green next to red, and blue next to orange the colours seem to buzz and really attract your attention.


Here are some more of Henri Matisse's art to have a look at. I have some questions for you to consider and talk about!

What do you think Matisse made these?


What do you think he used to make them?


What do you feel when you look at Henri Matisse's art? Do his pictures make you feel happy?


Which one is your favourite?

Friday 5th June - Make a lava lamp


Here's a fun science experiment to try at home. Work carefully with an adult at home to do this and follow the instructions carefully. Science can be fun but we do need to stay safe! As you do the experiment, talk about how you are doing the experiment, what you are using and what do you see as you add more of ingredients used. I've put an explanation below under the instructions on why these reactions happen which is great for helping your child develop their curiosity on how things happen and why. I've also linked two videos, one where a fizzing tablet is used and one where salt is used instead for you to watch and follow.


You will need:


  • A clean plastic bottle, try to use one with smooth sides
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil (or you could use Mineral or Baby Oil instead)
  • A fizzing tablet like Alka Seltzer or salt
  • Food Colouring




  1. Fill the bottle up about 1/4th (1 quarter) with water.
  2. Pour the vegetable oil in the bottle until is almost full. You may want to use a measuring cup with a spout or a funnel. You may have to wait a couple of minutes for the oil and water to separate.
  3. Add a few drops of your favourite food colouring. Watch as the colour sinks through the oil. Did your drops of colour mix with the water immediately or float in between for a few minutes?
  4. Break your fizzy tablet in half and drop part of it into the bottle. Get ready … here come the bubbly blobs!
  5. You can even get a flashlight, turn off the lights and drop in another half tablet. This time shine the flashlight through the lava lamp while the blobs are bubbling!


How it Works:


The oil floats on top of the water because it is less dense or lighter than water. The food colouring has the same density as the water so it sink through the oil and mixes with the water. When you add the tablet it sinks to the bottom then starts to dissolve. As it dissolves it makes gas, carbon dioxide. Gas or air, is lighter than water so it floats to the top. The air bubbles bring some coloured water with them to the top. When the air comes out of the coloured water blob, the water gets heavy again and sinks. It does this over and over again until the tablet is completely dissolved.


Extra Experiments:

What happens if you put the cap on after dropping the fizzy tablet in?
What if you drop a whole tablet in?
When it stops bubbling, try sprinkling some salt into your lava lamp. What happens?



Lava Lamp

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