Maker Lab and the Kardashians …

Well, my book Maker Lab (called Home Lab in the UK) has skyrocketed up to number 72 in the amazon.com bestsellers list, all thanks to Kim Kardashian’s model sister Kendall Jenner! Kendall bought the book for Kim’s daughter North’s fourth birthday – and she even bought the ingredients for each of her four favourite activities from the book….

Maker Lab

My book of 28 activities, Maker Lab (called ‘Home Lab’ in the UK), is published by DK in July 2016. I’ll be in New York to promote the book at the end of September, to co-incide with the New York Maker Faire (can’t wait to go there). Meanwhile, here’s a sneak preview of one of the projects from the book,…

Another dissection

Following our enjoyable home dissection of ‘Simon’ the Fish, my daughter and I recently decided to try another. She spotted the perfect subject while on a trip to our local supermarket. Meet Octavia the octopus. This time, my daughter was joined by two of her friends. As you will see from the photographs, we found…

Simon the fish

  A few weeks ago, my daughter and I did an impromptu dissection of a fish (which we called ‘Simon’, which we obtained from the fresh fish counter at our local supermarket). Before we started, we looked at a book and searched online to find out the locations of a fish’s major organs. We took…

Cloud in a bottle

You can hold your very own cloud in your hands – here’s how: 1. Find and empty a plastic fizzy drinks bottle – one of the flexible PET bottles, 2 litres if possible. 2. Put cold water into the bottle, to a depth of between 1 and 2 cm (about half an inch). 3. Light…

Arvind Gupta’s science toys

Check out this page full of amazing videos of quick, simple, cheap science demonstrations – on the site of Arvind Gupta. They’ll make you want to have a go. You should also check out this page filled with ‘science toys’. According to his profile on TED.com, Arvind Gupta is “an Indian toy inventor and populariser…