Tag | science
Recently, on Facebook, I’ve been talking about different science experiments Leah and I have been doing (okay, we will have the egg in vinegar we haven’t dissected yet). But there is a story behind it. I’m going to tell it Memento-style
I got home from work and saw this large Ziploc bag sitting in a large bowl on the counter. The contents of the bag can best be described as vomit. Or, at least, vomit-like. No chunkies, but definatly yellow. You get the idea.
Gina wasn’t in the room, so I yelled, “What’s this bag on the counter?”
Gina: “Why don’t you ask your daughter?”
Now things were getting more interested. Gina’s mom entered the room (she was visiting for a few days) and I asked her what the bag was for. “Why, that’s Leah’s stomach!” And Gina and her mom filled in the cracks of the story:
That day, the other two kids were gone and it was just Gina and Leah. While Gina was typing, Leah decided she wanted to do a little science experiment. Our little five-year old got a Ziploc bag out, some crackers, and other food and headed to the bathroom. She put some water in the bag, and then crushed some of the food up into tiny wet bits in the bag. Leah made sure she sealed it well, and put it in a drawer. She wanted to show her “stomach” to us later.
When Gina’s mom came later that day, Leah’s excitement had really built up so she had to show someone. She showed Grandma and said, “I will show Mom and Dad later,” but Grandma said that this secret should be shared.
After I heard this story, I said “You know where she got this idea, don’t you? Sid the Science Kid!”
I recalled a couple of weeks ago where Leah was watching Sid the Science Kid while I was reading the living room. She said, “Dad we need to do this sometime!” and I looked. They were simulating stomachs — with lemon juice, crackers, and other food. I nodded and said, “We’ll do it sometime.”
The day after I saw the stomach on the kitchen counter, my mother-in-law bought a book of science experiments for Leah and I to work through. “If she has an interest,” she wisely said, “you need to encourage it.”
Hence why we are now doing supervised experiments.
Earlier this week, Leah was helping me set the table. She said, “Dad, watch this!” and she put the tines of a fork underneath a plate, pushed down on the handle and the plate went up in the air.
Being a good parent, I decided this was a teachable moment. Or at least let my daughter know how smart her dad is. “Nice Leah! Do you know what that is called?”
Leah: “A lever.”
Now I’m impressed! So I ask her “Where did you learn about levers from?”
Leah: “From Sid the Science Kid.”
Of course! Lovable Sid! She gets a lot of great stuff from that show. But does she understand what they were talking about. So I asked, “Do you know what you would use a lever for?”
Leah: “For lifting heavy things!”
Ah, genius. Okay, not really — but who says you can’t learn anything from TV?