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This week, I chose Prompt 4: Hi, my name is ______ and I am a _______. (inspired by Emmy from Emmy Mom One Day At A Time.)
Hi, my names is Jenners and I am a super fun science camp director!
Ever since the Little One’s summer camp ended back in July, it has been him and me every day. Every single day. From 6:00 in the morning until 6:00 p.m. Play dates help, but that is still a lot of time to fill. It has been awhile since I’ve had him at home continuously for days and days in a row. To survive, I created a science camp that involved a lot of explosions, mixing, burning and goo. I came up with this idea because the Little One is always telling me he wants to be a scientist so I thought “OK. Let’s be scientists.” Here are just a few of the things we did in the past few weeks.
- Built volcanoes in plastic bottles using vinegar, baking soda, water, dishwashing liquid and food coloring. (A huge hit with the neighborhood kids, by the way. I went through two giant jugs of vinegar and two large boxes of baking soda in just a few days.)
- Made “snow” using a kit bought at Michaels. (Seriously, this was totally cool. You get this little white powder and when you add it to water, it explodes into this snow-looking stuff. I have a huge bag of it in my freezer.)
- Created slimy worms that smelled disgusting. (Kit bought at Michaels. By the way, the material used to grow these worms is used as a thickening agent in puddings and pies. ICK!)
- Grew crystals in a tank. (Kit bought at Michaels.)
- Mixed different food colorings together to see what colors you get when you mix them and then grew soft blobby crystals. (Another kit … this time from Target.)
- Built wooden dinosaur skeletons and painted them. (Michaels again and it only cost $1.00!)
- Simulated how our lungs work by creating fake lungs with straws and balloons.
- Burnt a variety of items (metal, plastic, paper, scotch tape, pine cones, stones, leaves) using a candle then dunked them in water. (In retrospect, perhaps this wasn’t the greatest idea I’ve ever had as the Little One just loved it and woke up the next day and said “Mommy, let’s burn stuff.”)
- Built a solar system out of Styrofoam balls and wooden dowels. (Again, kit from Michaels.)
- Mixed a bunch of crap in a bowl. (This had no real scientific value but it ate up about 60 minutes.)
- Tested to make sure that oil, water, chocolate chips and Goldfish do not mix.
- Built “molecules” out of toothpicks and gumdrops. Totally totally fun … I got into it in a way that I did not anticipate.
- Verified that if it pours rain for 30 minutes straight, it will flood in our backyard. (This wasn’t a planned experiment or part of our science camp. It was just a cool photo I wanted to share.)
So what has the Little One learned from all this?
- That Michaels is a store where “scientists” shop.
- That he doesn’t like spiced gum drops.
- That it is fun to burn things … especially Scotch tape.
I’m sure he’s on his way to winning a Nobel Prize someday.