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Day 234/365: Crazy Science and Pottery Painting [20180822|21:21]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[with a hint of |humuhumu ticking to herself as she stares into the fire, processing her day]

Not at the same time.

Humuhumu and Keiki in their lab coats. Sadly, that cave-like entrance leads to Bella Italia, not the Crazy Scientist lair.

First, the crazy science. Both children participated in this activity, donning white coats and heading into Crazy Scientist Jill's laboratory with quite a few other children. She began with a lesson in polymer strength (!), giving them each a plastic bag of "green alien slime" and having them stick sharpened pencils through it. Some bags leaked straightaway (Keiki's) and others could take multiple pencils without leaking (Humuhumu's), depending on how well the plastic was made. I really liked this demonstration although I suspect it went over my children's heads.


The second experiment was making a plastic container full of green bogeys. They started with corn starch, stirred that around a bit, and then added what looked like a scoop of baking soda and alum from a test tube. Jill came by with a kettle of recently boiled water and added that while they had their goggles on. Then she circulated with some "dragon breath" (green food colouring) and dropped that in whilst they continued stirring. Both my children loved this experiment. Keiki in particular, because (a) the resulting bogey mixture was bright green and (b) we got to close up the container and take the bogeys home. Happy days!

Very happy about snot-stirring

The third experiment was the classic making a volcano out of vinegar and baking soda. The children used construction paper and tissues to make a volcano "wrapper" for their plastic beaker of red-coloured vinegar, which the grown-ups helped them to glue on. And finally, everyone poured in the baking soda simultaneously. It was a joyously raucous affair.

Sometimes, science leaves a mark. Or several.

Exploding volcanoes!

Jill ended the session by letting each of the children use her time machine, which let them travel the solar system in search of planets and aliens. Humuhumu saw a rainbow alien at Neptune. Keiki was far too overwhelmed at being chosen to take the first trip in the time machine to speak at all, but it was clear he enjoyed it.

Keiki stands in the time machine, unsure of what's going to happen next.

Short (8 second) video of Keiki's first trip through the time machine. Due to the weirdness of Flickr video uploads, I think you can only watch the vid if you click through to it.

The time machine was a green circular paddling pool full of bubble mixture and a red hula hoop. Jill directed each child to stand in the middle of the pool and then she drew the hoop up over their heads to make a giant cylindrical bubble that encased them for a few seconds. The session was by this point running well over the scheduled hour, but clearly no one was going to leave before they had their go in it!

In the afternoon, Humuhumu and I went to try our hands at pottery painting. She chose a small mermaid to paint herself, and a dinosaur for me to paint for Keiki, with orders to make sure it ended up green, like Tony from Dinopaws (CBeebies show).

Humuhumu with her palette, mid-mermaid-painting.

Humuhumu with her mermaid, ready for firing.

Keiki's dinosaur, ready for firing. He's not quite as cute as Dinopaws Tony, but I tried to make him as cuddly as possible. The speckled bits should end up sparkly.

We pick up the finished pieces tomorrow afternoon. Fingers crossed they turn out OK.

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[User Picture]From: hamsterwoman
2018-08-23 03:48 (UTC)
Not at the same time.

Hey, it could be both if it was the uranium glaze Fiestaware :D

The Crazy Science experiments look like a ton of fun, and to have been thoroughly enjoyed!

The pottery items look lovely. I think the studios I've seen here, you mainly paint plates and such; dinosaurs and mermaids are much more interesting!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-23 23:20 (UTC)
uranium glaze Fiestaware

Now that would be an awesome activity, if a dubious one to offer to small children. :P

Both items turned out well. They're wrapped up thoroughly for transport home, so photos will follow at the weekend.

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[User Picture]From: lindahoyland
2018-08-23 08:22 (UTC)
It looks and sounds great fun.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-23 23:13 (UTC)
I was chuffed at how involved both children were in the Crazy Science! I was a little worried it would be too much for Keiki but he was fully engaged.
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-08-23 10:14 (UTC)
That looks like so much fun!
Hope the pottery items turn out nicely.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-23 23:12 (UTC)
It was a brilliant day. The pottery items did turn out well but are carefully wrapped up for transport home tomorrow, so will post photos at the weekend.
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2018-08-23 11:38 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-23 23:12 (UTC)
Very kind of you to let me know; thanks, Pencil!
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[User Picture]From: becofoz
2018-08-24 16:13 (UTC)
That sounds like such a fun day. I would have loved something like that as a kid.

I hope the pottery turns out like you expected. We did some pottery painting in Cambodia, and when we got the finished pieces some of the detail in mine was lost.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-29 08:40 (UTC)
Me too! I did love that my grandparents made an effort to do things like this with me, like the baking soda volcano, but a session like that one would have blown my mind.

The pottery looks good. I was surprised at how much detail was preserved in mine, tbh, as it was mostly green, so I had to make an effort with texturing using brush strokes. I think I took a photo but my photo backlog is such a horror show, I'll have to take another when I'm back from London so I can find it...
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[User Picture]From: kk1raven
2018-09-14 21:57 (UTC)
The Crazy Science sounds wonderful. I wish that kind of thing had been available when I was their age.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-09-15 19:18 (UTC)
Me too! How great would that have been? They have been integrating elements of those experiments into their play ever since.
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