Lockdown Hacks with @TheDadLab

Keeping kids occupied and their brains active during lockdown can sometimes be tricky so, why not try these tips from our Saving Snack Time collaboration with TheDadLab to save snack time and entertain your family, and you? TheDadLab’s content combined science with our delicious Mini Babybel cheese to inject creativity into your family’s day and get the kids learning too! So, before you think about throwing away our famous wax, take a look at the fun and educational snack hacks for your family to enjoy and learn from…

Please note, any playful use of Mini Babybel wax is only for children of more than three years of age.

Mini Babybel Floating Boats

A quick and easy play idea to bring out creativity in children, and adults, by re-using Mini Babybel wax to create floating boats. A great idea to show children that you do not have to throw everything away and to also explore buoyancy! If you’re lucky enough to have a paddling pool or water station in your garden, let them enjoy their floating boats in the great outdoors; if you’re staying inside, the bathtub or sink will work well too!

 

What you will need to make one boat:

  • Left over wax from a Mini Babybel
  • 1 toothpick
  • 1 piece of paper cut into a triangle
  • Water

How you do it:

  1. After unwrapping and eating your delicious Mini Babybel, save the wax shells!Place one wax shell inside the other to create the boat’s hull
  2. With one finger, make a small dent on the underneath of the boat, in the centre, as this will give it more stability and create an area for your mast to sit on the inside
  3. Take your toothpick and pierce through the bottom of your triangle paper
  4. Then pierce the top of the triangle, so the paper is now a sail
  5. Gently place the toothpick at the base of the triangle through the inside shell, but do not pierce the outside shell, otherwise your boat will sink!

FLOAT AWAY!

The Mini Babybel Balance Test

This activity helps you and your family to explore the stability of objects and the importance of balance. By moving the centre of mass of an object (in this case, a Mini Babybel – yum!) we can manipulate an object and force it balance.

What you will need:

  • Two Mini Babybels (of your choice)
  • Four toothpicks
  • One sealed bottle

How do you do it:

  1. Show your children that you cannot balance a Mini Babybel upright on an unopened bottle; place the bottle on a flat surface and attempt to balance the Mini Babybel on the lid, upright. It is almost impossible to balance it and it will be falling over
  2. Take your second Mini Babybel, unwrap from the wax and cut the cheese into quarters
  3.  Insert four wooden toothpicks into the unopened Mini Babybel, two on each side of the lower end (closest to the bottle lid), ensuring they point downwards. This is very important as this will be the key to making the Babybel balance!
  4. Place one quarter of the cut cheese onto the ends of each toothpick
  5. The Mini Babybel should now balance on the bottle because we have moved the centre of mass
  6. If it still topples, try moving the cheese higher on the toothpicks until it balances

Sculpt Your Own Wax Creature

Once your favourite little round cheese has been scoffed, save your Mini Babybel wax and use the heat of the sun in the garden, or your hands if your inside, to encourage creative and imaginative play!

What you will need:

  • Mini Babybel wax
  • Warmth (heat of the sunshine, or if it’s cloudy or your indoors, the warmth of hands)
  • Creative brains!

How you do it:

  1. Ask your children to sculpture their very own fantasy creature from the Mini Babybel wax
  2. If the wax is cold, you can leave this out in the sunshine to melt a little, or use the warmth of yours or your little one’s hands to soften.
  3. While they are sculpting, encourage them to come up with a name for their character and tell you more about it, for example, where it lives, if it has any magic powers, what does it like doing!
  4. For those who are shyer than others, lend a helping hand by creating a creature and try to come up with its story together. Encourage imagination flow by asking questions like ‘why does it have three eyes?’, ‘does it fly?’ or ‘what is its favourite cheese?’