Sunday, January 16, 2011

Scientific Americans



It's no secret we are raising a couple of nerds around here. So it should come as no surprise that two of the girls' favorite Christmas gifts were the chemistry set and crystal growing kit. We've been meaning to get them out for a couple of weeks and today was the day.

Tim has been working nights all weekend and the kids and I were getting a little (LOT) bored. First, the crystals. We took out the instructions and as I started to read, realized I was in over my head. This may be designed for kids but seemed infinitely more complicated than I was willing to tackle and contained ominous warnings about potential destruction to personal property.

"Well kids, looks like this is going to take Daddy, the Scientist of the family. Mommy majored in Economics!"

They took that well and were on to the chemistry kit, happily surveying the contents. After much discussion and having to boot a few ideas due to lack of ingredients, we settled on a few experiments. And we cheerfully measured, combined and filtered.


And then we waited.....


Ending with some completely unimpressive results. As far as I can tell, nothing performed as anticipated.

And don't think it went unnoticed. I overheard the girls, whispering conspiratorially, "None of these worked. It's a good thing Daddy is the scientist. Mommy really sucks at it."

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