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Little Ding Dang Science Theme Park

The water wheel

The water wheel

One of the fun things to do on a holiday is visiting a Museum or theme park.  There are many different exhibits and  items for the kids to try out. The kids are not into viewing Art exhibits so we decided on a Science theme park instead.

The kids looking at the kinetic exhibits

The kids looking at the kinetic exhibits

Water wheel with a connecting duct

Water wheel with a connecting duct

Exerting some pedal power

Exerting some pedal power

At this exhibit the kids learned how water was use to generate energy to form Hydro-electric power.  They also learned how water was transported from the stream to higher ground.

activating the hydro jet

activating the hydro jet

Water Wheel

Water Wheel

It was interesting to note the turning motion of the water wheel  enabled water to be transported from one level to another.  The creation of these devices back then enabled fresh stream water to flow into their houses.

The boys cranking up the water turbine

The boys cranking up the water turbine

The boys had a race to see who could transport water from the bottom of the cock screw to the top in the quickest duration.  The inventor who came up with this invention was really a genius!! Using a rotation motion one was able to move water against gravity.

Playing in the Labyrinth

Playing in the Labyrinth

Besides exhausting some of their energy  cranking up the water wheels and activating the pistons the kids had fun running around in a Labyrinth.  It was similar to being in a corn maze like the ones we have been reading in storybooks.

The kids took around 10 minutes to find their way out of the maze and had fun by going through it a couple of times.

Solar panels and energy generated

Solar panels and energy generated

This was one of the exhibits on display. It was a solar power generated sculpture. As you can see 4.02 Watts of electricity had been generated by the solar panels that were around the structure and it had been use to make the sculpture move.

The kids posing for a photo

The kids posing for a photo with a yellow duck

Little Ding Dong Science Theme Park

Hydro electric power, Solar power and now wind power. In this section the kids were thrilled to see so many windmills at one spot.

wind chimes making music in the wind

wind chimes making music in the wind

Tiger girl in a sea of wind wheels

Tiger girl in a sea of windmills

I loved listening to the tune that was generated by the wind chimes as the bells were turning around endlessly. The wind was rather strong that day and it was certainly a pretty scene with all the windmills  turning together with the wind chimes.

Tin can Tiger Drum

Tin can Tiger Drum

The boys spotted many of these tigers near the musical notes.  They were not only cute but can be banged on to add a rhythm to the music in the wind.

Traditional Holland Windmill

Traditional Holland Windmill

Tiger girl love the shade of purple on this windmill.  It certainly was very attractive also.  It certainly makes the place photography worthy with that structure in the background.

The entrance to the optical illusion house

The entrance to the optical illusion house

Tiger girl looking at her reflection

Tiger girl looking at her reflection

Trick mirrors

Trick mirrors

Having an extra long jacket on

Having an extra long jacket on

There were a couple of different sections in the science  theme park. This is one section which the kids  enjoyed and had the most fun with the different mirrors.  They were laughing and giggling non stop to see their images inverted and distorted when they went through the fun house.

It was really interesting going through the fun house as it played on your sense of equilibrium.  It really threw one off trying to navigate your way through.  It felt that you were sinking or sliding to one side and hard to keep one’s balance moving through the rooms.

As we were so daze just going through it I didn’t take any pictures inside the house.

A decibel recorder

A decibel recorder

The chart for the acceptable range of noise level

The chart for the acceptable range of noise level

This is a machine which I would like to have in my home to measure the level of noise disturbance caused by the kids. I’m sure it would easily reach 100 decibels or more on weekdays.

Have you visited a Science Theme Park before?

 

Little Ding Dong Science Theme Park

No. 199, Kanghe Rd., Xinfeng Township, Hsinchu County

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Tie & Dye Crafts at Indigo Dying House

Dying our creations

Dying our creations

During our holiday in Taiwan I brought the kids to try out various different crafting activities. Many of these activities are extremely expensive if it was done in Singapore and it was great that we could try out many different activities at an affordable price.

Indigo Dyeing House was one of the place which we visited. Located in Miaoli County  this  Dyeing house uses natural dies from plants to color their products.

The teacher explaining about the tie dye process

The teacher explaining about the tie dye process

Before we started on our crafting we had to choose the item we wanted to dye.  There were many different items which we could make ranging from lamp shades, handkerchiefs, bags or even scarfs. Tiger girl chose to make a scarf for her paternal grandmother while the  Monkey boy chose a handkerchief and Doggie boy a Strawberry  Bag.

The other side of the workshop

The other side of the workshop

The workshop was divided into two sections.  There were benches for the participants to do the tying of the material and the other section was where the dying took place.

The teacher showing the different patterns that one can make

The teacher showing the different patterns that one can make

The kids in action deciding on how to tie their pieces

The kids in action deciding on how to tie their pieces

The kids had to use the rubber band and sticks to tie the pattern that they wish to see on their pieces of art.

Tiger girl picking up the chopsticks to tie

Tiger girl picking up the chopsticks to tie

The patterns that were made on the cloths were done by using the chopsticks/ ice-creme sticks to block out certain parts of the cloth so that it is not stained by the dye.

I personally have taught Tie Dye during Art lessons in school but we never used natural dyes nor sticks in creating the patterns on the cloths. What we used were just rubber bands and marbles.

Doggie boy soaking his piece in blue dye.

Doggie boy soaking his piece in blue dye.

After each piece had been tied up it was time to dye it. We had to use aprons and gloves so that we wouldn’t get the dye onto our clothes. Each piece had to be soaked within the blue tie for 3 minutes before being giving it a rinsed. There had to be  3 rounds of soaking to ensure that the cloth absorbed enough of the dye.

The design on grandma's scarf

The design on grandma’s scarf

The design on Tiger girl's scarf

The design on Tiger girl’s scarf

Monkey boy's handkerchief

Monkey boy’s handkerchief

Doggie boy's Strawberry Bag

Doggie boy’s Strawberry Bag

Have you tried Tie Dye before?

卓也藍染 Indigo Dyeing House
No.1-9, Bengshanxia, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County 367, Taiwan
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