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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Want to have some fun with your kids?

We did this the other day for Science. It's the 'mystery substance' that doesn't act quite like a solid and doesn't act quite like a liquid. It's to show that although science has all matter pegged into neat little groups there are substances out there that don't fit quite so neatly into the solid, liquid, or gas category.

Find a place that you don't mind getting this stuff all over. It cleans up very easily and even though some spilled onto the rug it vacuumed right up after it dried.

Mix 2 cups of cornstarch with 1 cup of water. Mix until smooth.

Start playing with it. Get some cups and pour it back and forth. Stick your finger down through it to the bottom of the bowl. Pick a handful up and watch what it does. Form it into a ball and see how long it will stay in that shape. Put a bit on the table, watch it spread like water and gather it up into a ball again. Does it act like a liquid? Sometimes. Does it act like a solid? Sometimes.

The girls and I played with this stuff for about 45 minutes. Usually we have a bunch of neighborhood kids participate in the Science projects but this time it was just us. I had a blast and so did the girls. This 'mystery substance' was really blowing my mind.

We've done all sorts of cool stuff with Science. I love this Science curriculum. It's very hands on for the kids and all projects are framed in the Scientific Method.

When it gets warm out I save Science until the school kids start knocking up to play. Then we take it outside and everyone participates. I've had them mixing soil and releasing worms (always good for a scream or two) to see which type of soil the worms prefer. We've had crickets in an aquarium on the porch with different little habitats built to see which they prefer. We broke my broom stick using it as a lever. (El cheapo dollar store brooms!) We've drug race cars and sneakers around with a spring scale to measure Newtons of force. The kids frigging LOVE it! They love it, I tell ya.

This is almost like a second childhood for me - I swear! I never had this much fun with Science when I was in school. Now that I think of it I never had much fun in school at all. It's not only science, either. It's really a lot of fun to teach your kids. It's fun to be a part of the experience and quite frankly I've learned a lot along the way myself. We've discovered many things together. I've realized how lacking my own education was. I never thought that it might actually be fun. I was worried, wasn't sure if I could do it, but to have fun? Never even entered my mind.

Even if your kids are in school - have fun with them. Try doing some of this stuff together. It will enrich their lives - and yours. I'm having a blast with them.


Blogger City Troll said...

Bah Humbug it makes a hell of a mess. The kids go crazy watching it disintergrate and the where ever it splashed ya have threads of dry cornstarch everywhere. Who said learning should be fun break out the old switch and paddle that'll learn um.

All kidding aside it's a great experiment and the kids love it


09 March, 2005 00:22  
Blogger MonicaR said...


That's pretty funny.

10 March, 2005 00:25  
Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

This sounds cool! What science curriculum do you use?

04 April, 2006 08:40  
Blogger http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/jaminacema said...

In the summer I set up a small wading pool outside. I add about 10- 12 boxes of cornstarch and then we add water. Then when it's hot and miserable we dive in to cool off! It feels great! When we are done we hose off and jump in the pool. The same cornstarch can be used all summer, just keep adding water as needed. I got the idea when I bought some "cooling lotion" and noticed the main ingredient was cornstarch. Messy, but cool!

04 April, 2006 14:03  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Melissa we use K12 curriculum. It was developed by Bill Bennett and we love it. The Science and History especially. There is a link on my sidebar.

Very cool idea for the wading pool!

Thank you all for visiting!

04 April, 2006 19:47  

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