I am trying to continue our tradition of doing “semi-science” activities on weekends supported by non-fiction books. I am starting to use Foundations of Scientific Understanding loosely as a guide for these forays of science. This week Smarty was delighted to learn that everything on Earth is made of matter, and that gases, liquids are solids represent states of matter.
I froze some ice colored with food coloring. I also tried to insert toothpicks into ice to make sailboats, but this didn’t work for most of the ice blocks. Smarty’s first question (that she was able to answer on her own) was, “How did you make colored ice?” Launching ice boats and watching them melt was a clear success. There was also some observation of color mixing.Me: Do you know where water goes when the puddle dries out? Smarty: Sure. It goes into air as a water vapor. And then comes back down as rain. So much for teaching something new. OK, for fairness sake, states of matter were new to her.