I lay in bed yesterday morning pondering what science experiment we would do later in the day. The kids are on Spring Break. I have to admit that my pondering did not get very far before I fell back to sleep. I was woken a few minutes later by my son asking me if he could open one of his birthday gifts. I was conscious enough to tell him to open it on a tray.
To back up, my son is the youngest. His toys and crafts are either brand new or quite old. No in between. He loves a partially dry lump of Silly Putty. He regularly uses PlayDoh that is more brown than any other color. His Moon Sand has seen better days.
For his birthday, I shopped for things that were new to him. He’s 7 and in first grade. Science is king for him. If it moves…grows…shines…he wants to know about it. He loves Science class at school. His gifts were:
- Glow-in-the-dark Silly Putty.
- Modeling Clay…multicolored.
- Dinosaur Dig Kit.
- A book about dinosaurs.
- A book about flags.
I also bought him G.I. Joe Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, and Pirates Lego.
This morning my son asked if he could do the Dinosaur Dig Kit. I told him to use a tray. I walked in to his bedroom to see him lying on the floor chipping away at a lump of tiny sand pellets glued together. He painstakingly chipped away at the lump for quite some time. He and I chatted as he scraped and carved.
While he chipped away more and more sand, I rearranged his book case. I found a pile of Dinosaur books that we consulted to check our findings. I also found a pile of Stage 1 Readers that he has outgrown. We’ll send them to his cousin in England.
He wants to reuse the kit. I think we might glue all the pellets together and hide the dinosaur. Nothing better than recycling a science kit, right?