On Saturday we had a BBQ with the Queen in Perth...
H was still not quite sure why he was there in amongst a crowd all waving flags and waiting to see the Queen. We would normally not have made the effort, however it will probably be the only time the boys will see her and from an Educational/Historical point of view it was worth waiting in the hot sun to get a tiny glimpse. J was so excited to see her actually, which I was quite surprised about.
J turned 8 this weekend so we celebrated by having a science and discovery party for a few special scientists...
I went for a natural/biological science theme for the decorations... We all went hunting for native tree branches and "nuts" to use and recycled bottles and a chemistry flask were perfect for the vases.
The tablecloth is made from canvas, a painters drop cloth actually and very inexpensive (Bunnings). I used brown paper bags to wrap the cutlery and toy bugs under the cups. The serviettes I got a few years ago from IKEA (love that shop!)
I got the lab glassware (beakers, petri dish,flasks,test tubes and lab coats) from Wiltronics. They were all very well priced and I had good service too. I plan on using the flask for a vase and the test tubes are fantastic for all sorts of things, not just holding lollies. The holder was made from a timber offcut, holes drilled so that the tubes fit tight and not fall through.
Other decorations and equipment were a mix of our own supplies like microscopes and some models and those borrowed from a high school. The specimens were great as were the knee and heart models.
I had to make something out of cardboard, so I cut out and stuck letters to stand at the entry along with a giant magnifying glass and string balloon. I made an eyechart on the blackboard...
The boys dressed in white shirts and I made them a bow tie each.
I made this geometric string art with salvaged mdf (already painted black) and made info signs to hang around the house.
Dad and Poppy wore the lab coats and I made up some crazy ID badges using Photoshop...
I wasn't going to make a bunting, however J asked for something to hang and so I thought of stringing these origami cubes together.
The birthday tree...
The invitations -
I used Photoshop once again to make these.
We made labels for Mr Bones...
A table was set up with all sorts of science related things, including a home made lava lamp as well as another table with a robot raceway.
The boys and I made this out of cardboard and Lego and it was used to race these little bristlebots (which I called microbebot). These are all over the web, you make them with a toothbrush head, doublesided tape, watch battery and mini motor, the latter I picked up from Australian Robotics. I made little matchbox homes for them...
We did a few experiments such as the mentos geyser with the diet coke (but it wasn't quite as expected, perhaps the wrong mentos) we also did some balloon rockets, used a pulley system to demonstrate a machine making work easier for us.
This was a hot air balloon of sorts...
I saw these stress balls here and thought they would be a fun experiment. They are balloons filled with playdough and are kinda cool...
I had an old Nokia phone that we took apart and found a mini city inside.
Of course we had silly putty and slime to make.
A robot that walks up glass windows, magnets, telescope, and a solar powered car...
Our live exhibit was nowhere to be seen on the day, Bluetongues don't like crowds it seems.
We glazed a ham with maple syrup, cloves and pineapple juice and had it warm with rye and some salad veggies. I made mini chicken and leek pies and cheese and pistaccio on bagel crisps. There were frozen mini brains for ice cubes as well.
Micro organism lollies growing in petri dishes and watermelon and berry molecules.
The carved watermelon brain, which I found here and P did a great job on...
Atomic gingerbread cookies with white chocolate.
Baked mini caramel custards with a raspberry and toffee on top (these were yummy and good in small beakers)
Mini Orange blossom meringues.
I made an orange 8 cake with swiss buttercream icing and chocolate ants.
These ants were placed down the entry to lead our guests in and they are made from black contact paper. After sweets we played some dancing games with balloons as molecules, when I said hot we had to go fast and cold was slow moving balloons, just like when you heat and cool water.
The party bags I made out of the canvas drop sheet, a basic messenger style science field bag, which is lined with plastic to house all those shells or other scientific discoveries.
In each I placed a ply 3D model, a science field exercise book, chocolate wrapped in a vintage label, connecting erasers, mini m and ms, toy insect, and badge.
It was a small party with special friends and family and lots of fun.