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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 01:00 pm
So, we're doing the summer library program, which is reading for 20 minutes a day, with the boys. And it comes with a separate track of doing science experiments also. We're trying to do that with the boys, but really, mostly with Drew - Ian doesn't entirely understand (not surprising - he isn't even three!) and also gets bored.

Today, however, Ian managed to stay focused for most of the time involved.

See, I got a book on candy experiments.... So we did color dispersion, and dissolving candy in water and adding baking soda to tell if it was an acid (and confirming that acids were sour, which of course meant a taste test of the candies, which was popular), and then - stretching the definition of experiment marginally, but in a good cause - we compared the behavior of *chocolate* in a microwave to the behavior of a *marshmallow* in the microwave.

Happy boys. Too much sugar around, but I think I kept the ingested amount reasonable, and happy boys.

And we still have a "pizza box oven" out back trying to heat s'mores. I think they've actually subsided on the plastic and are no longer in the proper shape, but eh, we'll see. If they melt, it will have made its point. And really, shouldn't candy science be sticky and gooey and messy?
Saturday, July 19th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
What wonderful memories you are making!!! I remember the libary's Summer Reading program. My first one was bookworms. For every book I read, I got a part of a worm to stick on my bookworm poster. I loved that worm.

I am so sorry my Mom is dead. She went to her grave wondering why I sucked at science. Now I know. NO CANDY!!!! hehehehehe
Saturday, July 19th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
That nails it. When I come back, I'm going to grow up in your kitchen.

p.s. The guy who invented Pixie Sticks lived down the street from us when I was in elementary school. I was part of his test team. No lie. And, you are welcome.

He also invented King Stirs which were kind of pixie sticks hardened into a shape on the end of a stick that was a straw. You got a glass of water and stirred it with the King Stir and bingo! you had a grape or cherry or strawberry drink and a cool straw to drink it with. Those never got off the floor of the lab, I guess because glasses broke and so we weren't allowed to use them for snacks. So we just licked the King Stirs which got the pixie stick stuff all over us and our clothes and we had stained blue and/or red faces. Not a Mom pleaser. Oh well. Win some. Lose some.
Saturday, July 19th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)