On Wednesday we did a fun lab to discover how small atoms are. First I read the "for my notebook" pages to the boys. These are pages that explain the concepts in kid-friendly, attention-grabbing language. We learned that a 2 mm dash like this "__" contains 40 million atoms. Isn't that amazing? For the lab, we smelled some uninflated rubber balloons and examined them closely with a magnifying glass to be sure there were no holes. Then (with the boys in the other room), I put a small amount of water in one, some cinnamon in one, some almond extract in one, and some lemon extract in another. I then inflated the balloons and numbered them. They boys smelled the balloons to try and guess what each contained. The gist of the lesson is that atoms are so small that the "scent" atoms from the cinnamon and extracts were able to "squeeze" between the atoms of the balloon so we could smell them. Pretty amazing when you think about it. I just love how hands-on and fun the labs are. Hubs gets to do one on Thursday morning which explores how atoms move. I'll try to remember to get photos. Here's one photo of the balloon lab that I managed to take.
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