Witchlette has refused to partake in any of the book crafts I have planned for the summer. She has also refused non-book crafts. She’s just not feeling art right now. She’s not very artsy and is “required” to do art in school, so I am not about to force her to complete art at home if she doesn’t want to.
She does, however, want to do science just about every day.
On her birthday, when asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she responded that she didn’t know. It used to be doctor, but it became ninja, but then knowing that isn’t real, it became unknown.
A few days later, it became scientist.
So this morning, when she asked to do experiments instead of art, then swim the next day, who was I to say, “No”?
We retried elephant toothpaste. Still not as advertised, but we still have the ingredients we bought soley for this and will try it again next week.
We also did an alkaseltzer lava lamp, which was a huge hit.
And of course, after we finished our three experiments (we did toothpaste twice), we had free play…
…before going to rinse off in the shower and have lunch.
I was scrolling through the interwebs and I came across an image where a church declared Neil deGrasse Tyson is an “Agent of Satan”.
I have not been shy about my love for NgT not for my feeling that science is spirituality and the two are the same. If I had to name a profit for my beliefs, it would be Sagan and Tyson.
I got defensive. My initial post was going to be ugly.
But then I remembered something very important.
They are the same.
They need each other.
We, humanity, needs both of them to work in conjunction.
This morning, around 7:45, when I realized I didn’t think I could do all day of free play, I rediscovered science experiments for kids I saved on Pinterest a few years ago, and I was thinking since science can get freaky, we should do experiments on Freaky Friday.
Today, we did two weather experiments: clouds and rain and tornadoes.
We put shave foam over water in a jar. Witchlette and I refreshed our memory of the water cycle using itsy-bitsy spider then dripped water and blue food coloring from a medicine plunger over the foam and watched it go down into the water below.
After, we put dishsoap into water and closed the lid. Shake in a circular motion, and voila! Tornado!
Witchlette continued with various experiments on her own for two hours with joyful results. Two hours!
Freaky Friday it is!