Friday, May 23, 2008

Simple Science

When Clint was little, we used to spend hours doing art and science projects. Derek has always been more physical and prefers to kick soccer balls and make basketball shots. But since this spring has been so horrible and rainy, we have been forced to do more indoor activities...I think some of this science stuff is starting to rub off on him...

This is our "Rainbow in a Bowl" experiment. It is good for hours of entertainment! It is really cool. I love to play with it too. You fill a pie plate half full of whole milk (2% works too, but not as well...the more fat the better, skim hardly works at all). Then put a few drops of food coloring in. Then dip a toothpick into some dish soap, and touch one of the drops of food coloring that is in the milk. The colors start swirling and stiring around like crazy. It's very cool to watch. There is some kind of a scientific explanation for why all of the colors move around...but I never paid much attention to why.
This is our "color mixing "experiment. We colored applesauce the 3 primary colors and then made the secondary colors by mixing them together. He has learned secondary colors from Blue's Clues...
But his colors usually end up brown...

Derek has also recently graduated to jigsaw puzzles.

I love doing puzzles with him. It's one of the few ways I can really get him to talk to me about things. Power Rangers, friends, how cute the animals and insects are in the puzzle that we are doing. How much he loves ladybugs, butterflies, caterpillars, and sharks. He is so cute and fun.
I can handle the art and science, but I still really don't enjoy playing Power Rangers!

3 comments:

Greg & Andrea said...

You are such a great mom. Your boys are so lucky to have you in their lives. And I'll have to remember the milk & food coloring for when Eva is a little older. Right now she would probably just try to drink it.

Rachel Bingham said...

That's funny Andi. Soapy milk would not be good.

Shelli said...

What a creative and fun idea. You are a very entertaining mom!!