This is probably the main reason I love doing science experiments with Sprite:
Look at that face. The wonder, the joy of discovery. This is hardly work. This is science play!
So although it’s sometimes a hassle to find the supplies, set it all up, and then clean up afterwards, it’s so worth it.
Not all experiments are so glamorous. Here is one where Sprite built a simple scale and measured the weights of various objects.
[Visit At Home Science for more details about the experiment.]
The yellow is water. The blue is rubbing alcohol, and the bubbles are oil. Nothing mixed up. It was fascinating, and I admit, we both stared at if for many minutes. Sprite injected more and more oil into the bubble to see how big she could make it. It was mesmerizing.
Then I let Sprite play around, devising her own experiments, “I wonder what happens if I ….”
I love that kind of scientific play. I suppose I should use the word “experimentation” versus play. But what’s the difference, really? She’s enjoying interacting hands-on with the concepts we’re studying in her chemistry curriculum.
I was very impressed when Sprite used the word viscous in talking about pancake syrup a couple of days after an experiment. For Sprite, the activities really cement the ideas. So they are worth the preparation and clean up.
I’ve already bought a steel file in preparation for our rocks and minerals study. Can’t wait for that one.