experiments

August 20, 2014 by meg | 0 comments

last friday when zach had the afternoon off, he and zelda did an experiment together. it’s pretty simply, but each step is a lot of fun and the result is colorful and messy. IMGP5586.jpgfirst, they layered into a pan some baking soda. then they sprinkled it with citric acid. IMGP5593.jpgIMGP5605.jpgon top of that they added kool aid and jello powder to make a colorful design. and lastly they added water to watch it foam and fizz.IMGP5628.jpgIMGP5614.jpgthe results were fun to see and play in.IMGP5640.jpgIMGP5642.jpgafter the first round we did it again, but got a bit smarter and put zelda in a smock.IMGP5653.jpgIMGP5680.jpgIMGP5695.jpgzelda figured out somewhere along the way that the colored powder tasted good, but learned that the final mixture wasn’t so tasty.IMGP5657.jpgIMGP5668.jpgIMGP5701.jpgzelda really seems to enjoy doing experiments and they hold her attention. we’ll have to find another one to do with her again soon.

experiments

July 11, 2014 by meg | 0 comments

busy experimentingwaitingi’ve been trying to add in some new activities for zelda to try after she comes home from school in the afternoons.  we’ve done two “experiments.”  we call them experiments because something unexpected should happen.  the first one we tried was dyeing daisies in colored water. this was the perfect starter experiment for us since we were able to go and cut wild daisies and had everything already on hand.carefully pouringcolor codedcutting the flowersgently into the vasekind of dyeda tiny bit of blue this experiment was a great success even though the results were so so.  when she told her daddy about it that night she was so excited and said “i did it all by myself.”"i'm thinking, i'm thinking."painting with rubbing alcoholbleeding colorsthe second experiment was using sharpie markers to dye fabric. again another successful experiment in that it held zelda’s attention and she enjoyed the process and was proud of the final product, even though the colors didn’t bleed as much as i thought they might. i think i’ll sew her piece of dyed fabric into a scarf for her to wear.hanging it up to drychecking her workproud artistdaddy’s got a good one ready to go for tomorrow morning while i’m tethered to the computer for class. check back next week to see how that experiment went.