Parents' Notes

The Soircas nan Deargannan (Flea Circus) games introduce the concept of forces in an entertaining way. Players decide how much force to use to help performing fleas successfully complete circus tricks. The correct amount of force will control the speed or direction of a moving object so that it hits a target.

Players have to choose their team of fleas, which trick they want to try and the level of difficulty of the game (easy, medium or hard).

As the games get more difficult, players have to make a greater number of decisions about the forces they use, controlling up to three variables.

The decision-making process required from the games lends itself to group discussion as well as paired or individual play.

The Soircas nan Deargannan (Flea Circus) games aim to enrich and extend knowledge and understanding of science whilst introducing some new scientific terminology in Gaelic.

Some content is relevant for pre-school children while other content is aimed more specifically at children of school age. Although some of the words and phrases used might be new to the children, the detailed illustrations support the narrative.

Get Involved
After the game you could:

• explore aspects of movement and features within the home where the use of force is evident
• examine the effects of bigger and smaller pushes and pulls on the swings, slides, roundabouts and seesaws of a park or playground.

Audio and Visual Help
Users can click on the Roghainnean (Preferences) button to:
• resize on-screen text and change text and background colours
• hear on-screen text being read out
• make captions available for most content.

Most content can also be navigated using the keyboard.

An Seotal
An Seotal, the online Gaelic Terminology database from Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, provides further vocabulary for various subjects taught through the medium of Gaelic.

Games and Levels

These games show how varying the strength of a force (pushing) can change the speed and direction of a moving object.

Constructive feedback is given by the ring-master when a turn is unsuccessful.

Experimentation and mistakes are allowed but a player must succeed three times, winning three fleas, in order to complete a game.

Stac Mìorbhaileach nan Deargannan (The Amazing Flea Stack)

Help the flea land on the target.

The first flea will jump from the platform and land on the seesaw to propel the other flea towards the target or flea stack.

As the difficulty level increases, the player is required to control an increasing number of variables in the game.

Level 1
Change one variable:
• the height from which the first flea jumps.

Level 2
Change two variables:
• the height from which the first flea jumps
• the size of the first flea.

Level 3
Change two variables:
• the height from which the first flea jumps
• the size of the first flea.

On Level 3 the flea has to land on top of a stack of other fleas without causing it to collapse.

Deargann Deiseil is Deònach (The Fabulous Flying Flea)

Help the flea hit the target when it's fired from a cannon.

As the difficulty level increases, the player is asked to control an increasing number of variables in the game.

Level 1
Change one variable:
• the angle of the barrel by clicking on the arrows to make it fire higher or lower.

Level 2
Change two variables:
• the angle of the barrel by clicking on the arrows to make it fire higher or lower
• the strength of the spring in the cannon to fire the flea with more or less force.

Level 3
Change three variables:
• the angle of the barrel by clicking on the arrows to make it fire higher or lower
• the strength of the spring in the cannon to fire the flea with more or less force
• the amount of bounce in the trampoline.

Cearcallan Paidh a' Chustard (The Custard Pie Carousel)

Help the flea hit the targets with its custard pies.

As the difficulty level increases, the player is asked to control an increasing number of variables in the game.

Level 1
Change one variable:
• the angle at which the custard pie is thrown in order to hit the target.

Level 2
Change two variables:
• the angle at which the custard pie is thrown in order to hit the target
• the amount of force used.

Level 3
Change three variables:
• the angle at which the custard pie is thrown in order to hit the target
• the amount of force used
• the method used to propel the custard pie.

Deargan air an Dreallaig (Flea Trapeze)

Help the fleas perform their tricks on the flying trapeze.

This game shows that the greater the strength of the swing the further the flea will be thrown by the trapeze.

Level 1
Change how far the trapeze swings to make the flea reach its target safely.

Level 2
On this level, the tricks involve more trapezes.

Level 3
On this level, the tricks involve more trapezes and more obstacles.

A' Chrìoch Mhòr (The Grand Finale)

This is a chance to watch all the fleas' tricks again.

Drag the coloured stars collected to the spaces on the film strip. Click on the camera icon to watch a film that is a collection of clips from all completed games.