The boys have really been enjoying all the science experiments we have been doing lately. Today was no exception. It was a variation of the baking soda and vinegar experiments we have already done but today there was a surprise in store for the boys. I began by making some special "rocks" at home yesterday out of baking soda, a little water and food coloring. I mixed the ingredients (not measuring) until if formed a thick paste, formed them into balls and added a tiny surprise hidden inside each. I let them dry out overnight.
Each boy was given a tray (to contain the mess), a clear glass about a quarter full of vinegar and a "rock". I told them we were going to drop them in the glass and see what happens. Most didn't think anything would happen and boy were they surprised. We all counted down. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! PLOP! Almost immediately the fizzing began and the glass filled with bubbles, often overflowing! What a surprise! A few boys were so surprised they ran from the table not knowing what was happening.
This was exciting and the boys enjoyed it very much but once the bubbles cleared and they began to notice something floating in their cups they were overjoyed! Buried in each rock was a little animal bead. Well, now we just had to do it again and again and again.
The boys could have done this over and over. In the end, they each had four animal beads and were quite pleased. We gave our animals a bath in clean water dried them off. Next, we headed over to the block area where we spent at least a half an hour building homes or cages for our new friends.
It was nice to see their scientific exploration naturally turn into imaginary play. These boys are growing up right before my eyes.
Here you will find little snippets of our days together. When my children were in preschool and would come home I would always ask, "So, what did you do today?". All they ever said was, "Played." That didn't tell me much. I hope this blog will be a place to share what we have done and help you ask more directed questions of your child. You will see first hand just what we do after you kiss your little one goodbye in the morning. It will also be a great place to visit and see just how much your child has grown and learned throughout the year.