My daughter wants to grow up to be a scientist. And an astronaut, rock star, actress and mommy. So while her brother is a fiction only kind of guy, Jasmine reads a lot of non-fiction. And I don't mean browse through and look at the pictures. She will truly sit there and read, soaking it all up.
Last weekend I was researching Carpinteria, a small beach town south of where I live. I'm using it as a locale in a story I'm writing so the kids and I went for a visit while hubby was working. Beach town, research -- it's tough, you know?
We seem to visit book stores no matter what town we're in, and the used book store in Carp offered us some rare treasures. Drew found some vintage Star Wars books, I picked up a couple of old Newberry winners and Jasmine found this book of experiments.
Yesterday she was ready to try some out. Our first experiment was with bubbles. We made our own mixture: 2T dishwashing liquid, 2T sugar, 4T warm water. Then we tried making bubbles with different utensils: a straw, a funnel, and her hand. Who knew you could just use your hand and get such fabulous bubbles?!
What did we learn? 1) The higher the concentration of soap and sugar, the bigger your bubbles. 2) You can blow bubbles out of just about anything round with holes on the ends. 3) You will be sticky and messy when blowing bubbles this way!
After a bit of cleanup, we decided to try to squeeze a hard-boiled egg into a bottle without smooshing it. First we peeled the egg. We filled the bottle with boiling water, swished it around and dumped it out. Then we put the egg on top of the opening. The time lapse of these photos is less than a minute.
The cooling steam reduced the air pressure in the bottle and the egg was literally sucked inside. It was pretty amazing to watch it drop. So amazing that we had to do it again. I had the joy of sucking the egg back out -- twice! -- because someone really wanted to eat it when we were done. But we didn't photograph that. It wasn't pretty :D
This particular book, Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials, is no longer in print, but there are plenty of similar books that you can use with your budding scientist. I love when books make learning fun!