Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mad Scientist At it Again

Noah loves to make up concoctions and experiment with goop all the time, goop is a scientific term in case you wondering. He gets that itch and starts digging through my cupboards, "Mom, what happens if you mix flour with baking soda then add vinegar? What about baking powder? What if you mix the baking powder and the baking soda then add pop?" I usually give the boy the freedom to mix what he wants with few boundaries. My only request, usually, is that he doesn't use all 12 pounds of baking soda or that he uses the huge bag of cheap flour that I bought just for him or I'll get really "strict" and ask him to move his experiments to the table instead of where I'm cooking dinner. I know, I know call me crazy! Yesterday he decided he wanted to make his very own bouncy ball. We went on line and found this site that had instructions on how to do just that! And because I've been experimenting with Noah for a few years now I even had everything that he needed to play chemist. After the first go round he did exactly what they suggested and played with the ratios, "maybe a little more bounce factor in this one and the next one we will add a little more of the slime factor!" Now I just need to figure out a way to get him just as excited about writing!

Chemist Noah getting started, labeling his containers.

Little bit of this...

Little bit of that...

Stir it up until you can't stir anymore.
Do you see Oliver's hand in the background? This is where he realized that Noah was doing something that he wasn't! It always gets more interesting when he shows up for science time.

Pull the goop out of the cup, get really sticky and knead until it's more of a solid mass then try to bounce.

There it is after being bounced about a few times.

6 comments:

Wrights13 said...

May I suggest that you inform the young mad scientist that real scientists have to write up a report of their findings. My sister is a science teacher, and often talks about the best scientists being the ones that they can write because they are far more marketable. It might get him interested. That is so cool though. Thanks for sharing.

Suz... said...

awesome!! love "wrights 13" suggestion for adding the writing part into the experiment. Noah you are one cool kid!

Janet said...

What a great mom to let your "MAD SCIENTIST" go CRAZY with experimenting! I love it!

Elite Stitches said...

So Noah, how did the bouncy ball work?? Did it bounce pretty high? Or did it just go splat on the floor? Is it something you could put in the fridge to keep it stiff enough to keep for a while or does it get too soft to bounce when it warms up? These are the kinds of things you need to research and let us know...GOOD JOB!!

Grandma Ricki

Karen said...

Ryan was my mad scientist out of the four kids. Has Noah tried the hard boiled egg on top of a bottle trick? STINKY if it explodes.

Johnson Family said...

Candy, that is a great idea! I will give it a shot but seriously, the boy hates writing so much that I fear he will give up experimenting!

Grandma, Noah says the ball didn't bounce as high as he wanted but it did bounce. He also says that he is keeping it in the Ziploc baggie. It stays the same way, kind of feels like a marshmallow!

Ohhh, he hasn't done that one yet but I bet he will love it when he does!! The question now is do I let him find that experiment on his own or tell him about it???