I woke this morning to my son filling up the sink and draining the sink, over and over. I finally got up and asked him what in the world he was doing? “Making whirlpools” he said. apparently he was brushing his teeth with the sink full of water and the drain up (don’t ask) and made a discovery as the water began to drain. Over and over he was filling the sink in amazement. Finally, I said “Son let’s kick it up a notch!”
I let him add some food dye so we could observe the water swirl into a circular motion.
We got some great funnels.
Then we added bubble soap flakes to yellow food dye and we observed the flakes being sucked into the spinning funnel.
My son, giggling, said “we made blood and pee!” and that was the end of the science lesson.
They totally crack me up. You have this beautiful learning moment and no matter what, it always reverts back to potty humor!
OK. Onto our major field trip of the day. The kids and I, plus a friend, spent the day at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. It’s a wonderful museum centered out of a historic boatyard from the 1880’s. Their claim to fame is the Charles Morgan, the oldest wooden whaling ship still in existence. When you climb 4 stories up and step inside this ship, only then can you fully understand just how large these ships were and just how many whales they were hunting. They would head out on 3 year voyages and not return until these giant ships were filled to the brim with oil. Truly amazing to see.
The kids got to paper mache Herman Melville’s novel, Moby Dick, to a giant whale form they plan on using for parades and other special events.
They learned a whole bunch of knots, but this one was the best…
This knot creates hand-cuffs and boy are they tight!
They got to build tin foil boats on wooden boat forms and then try out their sea legs.
They played forever, pretending to be cooks in a ship.
observed the silversmith at work…
Participated in a whaling play…
and then finally threw the towel in!
I just can’t tire these kids out!
Now me, I’m about to fall over!
More fantastic memories added to my bank.