 How We Dried Apples! 

A few days ago we dried apples. It was great fun!

First, we filled a sink with water, and washed the apples. Then we cored one, using Grandma’s new apple corer, and watched it twirl around and around, making spirals!

peel and core the apples

We had a bit of a play with it, making it   s t r e t c h.  🙂

apple spirals

Next we dropped it into a cup of lemon juice, so it wouldn’t get brown. We let it soak for a while, and cored another apple while we waited. After we thought it had been in there long enough (we’d finished coring the next apple), we took it and laid it out on a lemon juicer, and dunked the next apple.

drop in lemon juice

drain!

After it had drained long enough for us to core another apple, we broke the first apple into rings, and arranged them on the dehydrator, being careful not to put them on top of each other.


place apples on drying tray

When we finished the apples, we put the dehydrator on, and cleaned up. We like dried apples crunchy, so we left them on a little longer than the recipe said. They were delicious. 🙂

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How to Make an Upside Down Telescope

This telescope doesn’t make the stars any bigger, but it is good fun for viewing things around you, and Miss 10 enjoyed making it.  

 

What you will need:

Two magnifying glasses, the same size

Glue

A ruler  

A pencil

Tape

Scissors

A large sheet of corrugated paper, construction paper, or thin card

                                              Stuff you will need

 

Instructions:

Measure around the circumference of a magnifying glass, then add about 3cm.      
rule two long rectangles                  
Draw a line up the paper, making a large rectangle, and then cut it in half. Make sure you cut the paper in the direction it wishes to roll.    cut the card in half                                                                         
Put some glue on the outer rim of a magnifying glass and roll the paper around the rim, where you put the glue.

spread glue around outer rim of magnifying glass

Cut a small slot in the paper to fit the handle in. Place a  piece of tape around the rim, then stretch a rubber band around the circumference to keep the card in place while the glue dries.

rubber band around to hold tight while glue dries

Put tape across the full length of the paper tube to keep the long ends together.
Let the glue dry. 

Repeat the steps to make another tube; however, be sure that the end (which will slide inside your first one,) is smaller, so it will fit. 🙂

You can decorate the outer half, if you wish.

 

decorate!

Slide the tubes in and out to focus on objects.  If you want to view things up the right way, you can add extra tubes and magnifying glasses.  Even numbers of magnifying glasses will give you an upside down picture, odd numbers will be right way up!

ahr har me hardies!

Life In a Rotten Log

Today’s review is a guest post from one of the younger Chicklettes, “Miss almost 7”.  She’s been reading a great book, which we all like, and is here to share her thoughts with you.

 

BOOK TITLE:  Life In a Rotten Log           

AUTHOR:  Kathie Atkinson

THIS BOOK WAS ABOUT:  The book starts out with a tree falling in the forest.  The animals that had been living in the tree had to find new homes.

Once the tree was on the ground, different animals such as a snake and a marsupial mouse, used the tree for a hunting ground and a home.

Soon other small insects make the log their home.  As mosses and lichens cover the log, creatures that like cool, damp places move in.  Fungi starts to grow, which breaks down the log, and gives food for animals.

Other critters to help break down the log are; termites, bush cockroaches, and beetle grubs.  Echidnas and geckos then come to eat the termites and beetles.

The log makes a safe place to hatch babies.  Leeches, earth worms, and skinks leave their eggs in the log to hatch.  Slugs, centipedes and spiders also hatch eggs there.

As the log collapses and crumbles, goannas and bush turkeys  come to rake through the ruins to find grubs and other insects to eat.  As they scratch around, they mix the rotting wood in with the soil, so it becomes ready for a new tree to grow.

MY FAVOURITE PARTS WERE:  I really like the photographs in this book.  It has photos of how fungi spreads, and of insects and animals.  I thought it was interesting to learn that a gecko can’t blink.  It has to lick its eyes.  Poor gecko!

gecko-licking-its-eye

I also liked to read that a mother centipede guards her babies until they are ready to face the world.

The book has little boxes on the pages, which have interesting facts in them.  I liked to read these.

You might like to read this book if you like animals.   You will learn that some rot is good!

leech-cocoon