Earlier today, the Pirates cheerfully asked me if we could do a science experiment. Little nerds like their mama, eh? After a bit of thought, I decided on an old classic, guaranteed to please a couple of mess loving boys: the baking soda volcano.
Instead of sculpting an exterior, we went outside. This part of our backyard will be a veggie garden in the spring, but for now it's just a big patch of dirt. I showed them how to bury an old soda bottle...
...carefully patting the mountain into shape.
I added the warm water, food coloring and baking soda before passing over a container of vinegar:
As much as they enjoyed the volcano, I think they liked digging the bottle out even more. Kids are weird, man.
They loved this and are already asking what else we can make - guess I'd better find a few more activities we can do!
The Pirates' preschool class runs three days a week, and there's no before/after school care available. For those three days, I'm a slave to their school hours, and then I'm home with them all day on Thursdays. So I get very little downtime completely to myself...except Fridays.
On that day, I work my usual five hours but the Pirates are in daycare for seven...and I get a blissful two hours completely to myself.
Most of June and all of July (so far) have sucked; I've been non-stop sick for nearly a month. First a bad cold with a lingering cough, then another cold piling on top of the first one...I've been expecting this guy to show up on my doorstep for the last couple of weeks: