When I picked up Smarty from school on Monday I was planning to do a science experiment before. However, in the spirit of spending more time outside, I suggested a bit of playing in the backyard first. After aimlessly wandering around for a bit, Smarty tore off a strongly smelling leaf and suddenly had an idea – she is going to make a perfume!
Out came a “pot” and a water hose. Smarty explored the yard looking for anything that “smells nice” and added those leaves and flowers to her “perfume”. Apparently, sand was a vital ingredient as well. Then I showed her how to filter her perfume through a paper napkin and a funnel into a bottle, and she was busy making batches of it and filling out her bottle. She was telling me that this is her “first perfume experiment”. I suggested that she writes a label for her perfume bottle – she insisted that the label should say, “Smarty’s 1 Perfume Experiment”. Then I helped her put her label on the “perfume bottle” (she didn’t want to decorate it), and she was more proud of her result than of any other guided experiment we did. She said that maybe she will be a scientist when she grows up and that she wants to take her “perfume” to school for show and tell. Unfortunately, she spilled it later that day – resulting in a lot of crying. I guess there will be more perfume making soon.
I am linking this post to my favorite carnivals: