I’ve always tried to get my children to be excited about science. Because science is life, you know? Maybe also because I was a student of science. Never a brilliant learner but nevertheless I was always in awe of how science can explain (almost) everything about life itself.
My daughter does not respond well to suggestions of a home-made science experiments when she was younger. I have not asked how she feels about it now, but when I tried doing home-made science experiments with her a couple of years back, she just didn’t want to participate. Partly because she just didn’t know why we should be doing something called SCIENCE. It’s too big of a word for a little kid right?
So since then, I never tried doing any science related stuff with her.
Until a few days ago when she requested to help me fill up the ice cube tray. She filled the tray with water until it overflowed and I told her to remove the excess water. She asked me why, and I said solidified water expands and the excess water will form a solid surface on the tray making it difficult to twist the tray when we need the ice cubes later. I thought that was it.
The next night she wanted to put a toy whistle in a container filled with water, and to put the whole set in the freezer section. She told me that she wanted to see how it looks like when the whistle is in ice. So I said to her, that she might break the whistle while it is in ice because solidified water will expand, just like the water we put in the ice tray. She stopped to think and said she doesn’t want to break the whistle. Instead she put the whistle in the fridge because she wants to blow a cold whistle. I would have suggested another toy that she doesn’t want to play with anymore to be frozen, but I guess I made my point in teaching her a little bit of science?
If only it was just a little bit, but it worked, so it means I’ve done something marvellous, right?