Friday, July 20, 2012

Weird Science!

Today I had some time alone with Emma. That's not something we get very often and it was nice to get the chance to do some "big girl" stuff while Sophia spent a special day with Mimi.

Emma originally wanted to go swimming when I asked her what she wanted to do, but she woke up with a cold, so we had to change our plans. She didn't know exactly what she wanted to do, she just said "something fun." Now that, I can make happen. We were going to do science experiements!

While I got our materials ready, she got to work painting a snail magnet. Now, I do fun stuff with my kids, but rarely do we do things that involve mess. Paint, glue, glitter (oh, the glitter), sand, and the like just aren't my cup of tea. So when I told Emma that she was on her own to paint while I got things ready she wasn't sure if she heard me correctly but she didn't wait to find out. Luckily, she is extremely meticulous and I have nothing to worry about with her. She did a great job on her magnet.

Once the magnet was put aside to dry, we got ready for our first experiment. I told her that we were going to make lava lamps. She didn't know what that was, and she didn't care. She was ready for anything. I gave her a jar filled up with about three inches of water and she poured in 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. We were all out of food coloring, but that can be added after the oil. We observed the mixture and explained what we saw. Then, she shook a little salt onto the top and watched the magic happen! Try it for yourself to see what it does. ;)

Next on our list was making volcanoes. I gave her a vase, three tablespoons of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of vinegar. I put everything in a pan to catch the mess and explained what she needed to do.

She was amazed at what happened and she didn't tire of this easily. She did it over and over again. She didn't give a hoot about the explanation of what occurred, but she sure had fun making it happen!

After we had our fill of volcanoes, we talked a little bit about how she wasn't feeling well and the germs that invaded her body. I asked her what she thought germs looked like and she said red with teeth. Pretty good visual! We talked about microscopes, viruses, hand-washing, and good bacteria. I was pretty impressed with her level of attention. She was very intrigued that she had little "monsters" in her body. This all led up to an art project that I have been wanting to try.

I pinned this idea from Raising Sparks and Emma loved it! It was really easy and the outcome is adorable! I put a few drops of paint on the paper, gave Emma a straw and she went to town! I thinned tempera paint to almost the consistency of water colors. This first try was a little thick. The paint should move around easily.

We tried again and got a good consistency. Once it was dry, she glued on the eyes and I drew on the mouths. I asked her which ones were germs and which were good bacteria. Of course, the red ones were germs and had "teeth." I LOVE the way this looks. My favorite little guy is the germ on the top right. He looks a little boogeyman-esque.

Here are both of her creations, proudly hanging on the refrigerator!
I hope both of my girls follow in their parent's footsteps and love science and learning. I sure love being their first teacher!

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