16th January

Earnest Shackleton finds the magnetic south pole 1909

We made a compass out of a needle, a cork, a magnet and a bowl of water (try making three compasses to check they all point the same way), then we set up a tent and spread a white bedsheet over the sofa to make a snowy mountain – then Baby was happy climbing up it for 20 minutes looking for penguins.

We also watched this video of seals eating penguins if your kid has the stomach for it and talked about how you would reach the South Pole (we decided: plane).




Dian Fossey’s birthday (1932; Gorillas in the Mist).


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