A few weeks ago I participated in a Twitter party. If you really want to make your head spin, sign up for Twitter and then “go” to a party. Within the first week of being a Tweep (yes, that’s a word now) I joined in on a party. It was miserable. I couldn’t keep up. Remember in grade school the teacher asking a question and everyone answering at the same time. Well, it’s kind of like that only magnified by 20, sometimes thousands. Tweetchat.com is the one that most people I follow use, but typically the chats occur at bedtime when I’m nursing Lil C and trying to get him down for the night. That means I’m stuck to follow this massive conversation on my phone!
So the other night, I was participating in a Twitter party about Steve Spangler’s new book “Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste” Guess, what? I actually won myself a book. In the morning I told Mr C. about the book. For the next week while we waited for the book to arrive he hounded me. When is the book going to come, I want to “do” something. He’s been interested in experiments, astrology, and making things go for over a year now. Finally after what seemed like an eternity to him the book arrived.
The first thing he had me do was read the introduction to each activity in the entire book. We sat on the couch and read, and read and read. We talked about which experiments we would try, which ones we need to work our way up to, and started a shopping list. The one that intrigued him the most was “standing on eggs.” He has become the designated egg cracker when we bake now so he knows how “fragile” the eggs are. He has dropped several on the ground and seen them go splat. There are a few tricks to do this right. I’m not going to spoil the experiment by telling you how, but no, they are not hard boiled.
Off we went to the store for eggs. We decided to get 3 dozen. We only needed two, one for each foot, but we were both still not convinced that they were going to hold. We set up the experiment and off he went to Stand On Eggs!
Still time to change your mind.
The cartons make a creaking noise…
Ta Da! Standing on Eggs!
Later that week it was his turn for show and tell at school. Guess what he did? He stood proudly on eggs as his entire class, including his teacher watched in amazement.
The book is full of other activities that Mr. C is anxious to get to. KK enjoyed making a color wheel where she watched the primary colors spin into secondary ones. The next experiment request is one that requires some Mentos, Coke and safety goggles!
I’m excited to see all that comes of this book with our children. If you want your own copy of the book, “Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste” and if the thought of a Twitter party makes you want to hurl, click the picture to get your copy. Yes, a small portion of your purchase will go towards the kids’ college fund.