Yesterday, after completing Tax Season, and being home again, I was able to finally put into place our new Eat Art feature. Ben and I figured it out on one of our recent walks. We decided on the following schedule for feeding ourselves a rich diet of Art. Monday – Murals Tuesday – The Universe Wednesday – Wonders of the World Thursday – Theater … Continue reading Big, Giant Love and the Theatrics and Science to Make it Happen
To preface, let me say that some people will be offended by this. Others will be horrified. I was horrified, to be honest. I could barely watch. I got up and started folding laundry, but Ben watched intently through the whole first and second videos. But first, a little background. Ben has been building werewolves lately. In fact, he spent a solid ten hours on … Continue reading Freakiest Science Day Ever – My Hairs Won’t Stop Standing on End
The boys had a friend over to spend the night, and one of the things they just HAD to show him was the Diet Coke and Mentos Science Explosion we’d done together a while back. This one just doesn’t seem to ever get old! Continue reading Science is so Much Fun – the Boys Share it with their Friends!
Because we had only had moments to play with the new PURO game on Tuesday, the boys requested that they be able to play with it some more for Science night. It is rather scientific in a design/build/engineering sort of way. Continue reading Design/Build for Science Day by Request
Recently, we did the Diet Coke & Mentos deal for Science Night. The same night my Lab Coat arrived in the mail so I could completely nerd out for fun. Ever since, we have been trying to figure out how to rocket propel other things. At the bus stop yesterday, Ben came up with a crazy idea for next week’s Science Night. He wants to … Continue reading Nature’s Diet Coke & Mentos
Tonight, when I got home, I told the boys that the plan for the night was to build a tower using spaghetti noodles. Ben’s eyes got huge, and then warm, and then delighted. He hugged me with everything he had, and I felt like a cool, hip, awesome mom. I have my moments! We didn’t watch the video until after we’d worked on our own … Continue reading The Marshmallow Challenge
Thursday night, my new lab coat arrived, all crisp and white, with pockets. Scott called to tell me I had a package at the house, so on the way home, I picked up this mess of things! We watched the Mythbusters video explaining what is happening and why Mentos shoots like a rocket of foam out of a bottle of Diet Coke. Then we ran … Continue reading Real Quick – Let’s Explode Something!
The other day, I quoted something about the literati during the time between the two world wars. My dad commented that the revolutionaries used to be educated, and that it didn’t seem like that anymore. My first response was that we have more free time than ever before, and yet, we see that (primarily, as a Nation) as leisure time, time for television, time for … Continue reading Practice, Routine, Habit, Skill, Discovery, Invention
It dawned on me recently that I have really been slacking off when it comes to Science Night. We’ve watched a few YouTube videos of the science of flight, or time lapse photography of plants growing. We’ve done little things. But, where’s the adventure? Where are the explosions and loud noises? Clearly, these boys are old enough to start doing some serious experiments. All of … Continue reading Gratitude and Lab Coats and Miniature Explosions
In a radio interview with movie director Robert Zemeckis, I learned about the origin of the movie, Back to the Future. Robert and his writing buddy were talking about their fathers, and their relationships with their fathers, and wondering if they had met their dads when they were kids, if they would have been friends. That was the seed, he said, from which sprouted the idea … Continue reading Would we have been Friends if we’d Met when we were Kids?