Friday, January 04, 2008

Armchair Science

Had a science morning trying out an experiment from the New Scientist Book - How to fossilise your Hamster and other amazing experiments for the armchair scientist. A real must for all home edders. This morning's experiment was Wayward Water which examines why an electrostatically charged plastic comb attracts a stream of water or even treacle. We also experimented with golden syrup which James thought was much better than treacle because he could lick the spoon afterwards!

Wayward Treacle!

The taste of golden syrup inspired James into cooking pancakes for lunch. No pancakes on the floor, he is getting pretty nifty at tossing them.

Just watched a video of Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School (great name) talking about our new wave of overprotected kids. He suggests 5 (6 really) dangerous things you should let your kids do. I am pleased to say my kids have done them all and continue to do them regularly (well all except No. 6 - opportunities for driving the car are limited but they did have a go when we were staying at the farm.)

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