Watch out Walt Disney: Baby Einstein aint got nuthin' on my Little Einsteins!
Today was a day of experiments and projects, or, as Grady Lee would tell you, "science expewments." Thankfully, the kitchen isn't a disaster and nothing is permanently ruined.
We started off by washing pennies in vinegar and salt. I don't think the boys understood the whole chemical reaction thing, but they did get pretty excited when they dumped a dull, brown penny in the mixture and took it out a few minutes later as a shiny, copper penny!
In short, we filled a cup 3/4 full with water, placed an index card on top, gently pushed the card down while flipping the cup over... and yippee! The water didn't pour out and the card didn't give way.
"It's a miracle, Mom!" shouted Grady Lee. Not quite, little man, not quite. But that did lead to some good discussion about why only Jesus can do miracles...
By this time Annalyse woke up from her nap and was begging to eat. I got out paper, paint, and straws and told the boys to stay busy blowing the paint to make beautiful designs.
The boys used toothpicks and mini-marshmallows to build... well, to build things. I heard them refer to "the monster" and "the fireman ladder" and "the army tank" but I'm not sure I could identify what was what.
And yes, there was, of course, lots of snacking, too. Maybe even more snacking than there was building. I didn't care though, because they were quiet and they were busy for a lot longer than I expected!
A whole new world has opened up to her and it is oh-so-exciting! I think her brothers may have celebrated just as much - they clapped and shouted, "Good job!" over and over.
Our final "expewment" was making volcanoes. Grady Lee did this at a friend's birthday party not too long ago and was excited to do it again.
Annalyse, however, was less than thrilled to see vinegar and baking soda foam out of a bottle. She dozed in and out as the boys hooted and hollered about "the pretend hot lava shooting out of the volcano."