Mini Babybel X TheDadLab - Saving Snack Time this Summer!
Let’s face it, the summer holidays are a busy time! Keeping children occupied and their brains active can sometimes be tricky so, we’ve teamed up with TheDadLab to save snack time and entertain your family, and you!
TheDadLab has combined science with our delicious Mini Babybel cheese to inject creativity into your sunny days.
So, before you think about throwing away our famous wax, take a look at TheDadLab’s 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 (not forgetting using water play to keep them cool in the heat)!
What you will need to make one boat:
Left over wax from a Mini Babybel
1 piece of paper cut into a triangle
Water (you choose – in the bath, your kitchen sink, a paddling pool; the water options are endless!)
How you do it:
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
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
Take your toothpick and pierce through the bottom of your triangle paper
Then pierce the top of the triangle, so the paper is now a sail
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!
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)
One sealed bottle
How do you do it:
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!
Take your second Mini Babybel, unwrap from the wax and cut the cheese into quarters
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!
Place one quarter of the cut cheese onto the ends of each toothpick
The Mini Babybel should now balance on the bottle because we have moved the centre of mass
If it still topples, try moving the cheese higher on the toothpicks until it balances
Sculpt Your Own Wax Creature
On a sunny day, once your picnic food has been scoffed, save your Mini Babybel wax and use the heat of the sun to encourage creative and imaginative play!
What you will need:
Mini Babybel wax
Warmth (heat of the sunshine, or if it’s cloudy, the warmth of hands)
How you do it:
Ask your children to sculpture their very own fantasy creature from the Mini Babybel wax
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
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!
For those who are more shy 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?’
About TheDadLab: Sergei Urban aka TheDadLab is a father of two who inspires parents around the world with his creative ideas. He began sharing kids’ science experiments and educational activities that he did with his children online 3 years ago and pretty soon became an online sensation with over 3 million fans across all social media platforms. He debut book TheDadLab: 40 Quick, Fun and Easy Activities to Do At Home, is out now.
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