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Day 6 -  It's April Fool's!

Fool me wants, game to do
It’s April Fools, Superkids! What better time to learn about the mysterious trickster, the Mimic Octopus? We’ll also show you how to make your very own yarn octopus. Want to add some more tricks up your sleeve? Keep reading to find out how to make invisible ink.

Article: The Mimic Octopus

Master of deception
Lurking in the estuaries of Indonesia is the world’s best master of disguise. James Bond has nothing on it. It hides in plain sight. The Mimic Octopus is so good at disguising itself that it was only discovered in 1998 off the coast of Indonesia. This shape-shifting octopus can change the texture and shape of its skin like all octopi. But what makes it special is that it’s able to mimic several other sea creatures, such as poisonous fish and even sea snakes, to protect itself from enemies and lure its prey. Download the full article to read more. Included is a fun activity to make your own yarn octopus!
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This article originally appeared in Supernova Volume 5.5
Words by Laura Baruffa   |   Illustrations by Sharlien Prinsloo

Activity: Make invisible ink

Secrets within secrets

What you will need:

  • Lemon or lemon juice
  • Paper
  • Paintbrush or a stick
  • Sunlight or a heat source

What to do:

  1. Squeeze lemons to get their juice or use bottled lemon juice.1.
  2. Use the juice as ‘ink’. Apply it with a stick or paintbrush to write on paper.
  3. Allow the paper to dry.
  4. When you are ready to read your invisible message hold the paper up to the sunlight, a light bulb (recommended), or other heat source.
  5. The heat will cause the writing to darken to a pale brown, so that your message can now be read.
  6. Another way to read the message is to put salt on the drying ‘ink’. After a minute, wipe the salt off and colour over the paper with a wax crayon to reveal the message.
A cotton swab makes an excellent disposable ‘paintbrush’.
Be careful not to overdo your heating and set your paper alight.

This activity originally appeared in Supernova Volume 2.3


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Yesterday's Riddle

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What animal
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Today's Riddle

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A 7 foot clown stood up and held a water glass over his head. He accidentally dropped the glass, but nothing spilled. How is this possible?

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