Several months ago, my daughter and I purchased a storm glass from a local science museum. It’s been sitting in the office making the same prediction ever since (cloudy skies and snow). To be fair, it’s winter in Chicago. But the monotony of its prediction got us wondering: How does a storm glass work, anyway?
Every once in a while people ask me why I named my blog Caterpickles. Believe it or not, there is actually a reason. Back in the days when my daughter’s question-to-declarative sentence ratio was a hefty 15:1, she asked me a question about caterpillars that launched an impromptu science experiment that was so much fun, I decided to document it (and a few of my daughter’s other questions) for posterity. “Mommyo, are caterpillars ticklish?”
Even though paper is an insulator, not a conductor of electricity, it is possible to conduct a low level of electricity through paper, provided you have the right tools. Here’s what you’ll need to set up your own paper circuit at home.
The Four-Year-Old’s latest balloon trauma happened just this weekend, when her brand new purple balloon popped on impact with a silver car parked in the hot sun. Fortunately she has had quite a bit of experience by now dealing with balloon loss, so instead of crying, she immediately began asking questions. “What else pops balloons, Mommyo?”
If you’re just joining us, recently The Five-Year-Old asked me how Americans used to make ketchup in those bleak days before Henry Heinz brought his ketchup to market in 1876. Monday we found and translated an old-timey recipe. Yesterday we cooked it. And today we’re putting our old-timey ketchup to the test.
If you’re just joining us, recently The Five-Year-Old asked me how Americans used to make ketchup in those bleak days before Henry Heinz brought his ketchup to market in 1876. Yesterday we found and translated an old-timey recipe. Today we’re cooking it.
One of the reasons I love eating at local diners is that they tend to serve ketchup in glass bottles. The Five-Year-Old, though, was a bit surprised to learn that squeeze-and-squirt hasn’t always been fundamental to the ketchup experience. “Is this an old-timey bottle, Mommyo?” “Yep.” The Five-Year-Old, warily eying the red glob on her plate: “How do they make old-timey ketchup, Mommyo?” I didn’t know, but making old-timey ketchup sure sounded like a lot of fun.
The evening in early June that my daughter and I spent huddled in our basement waiting for the tornado warning to expire is definitely in the running to be one of the formative experiences of my daughter’s childhood. Over a month later, she’s still busily processing it. Today she asked, “Can I catch some hail, Mommyo?”
My daughter’s latest balloon trauma happened just this weekend, when her brand new purple balloon popped on impact with a silver car parked in the hot…
While we were doing the caterpillar-tickling experiment this week, the question of how to tickle the caterpillars had to be dealt with early on. I ruled out using our fingers on grounds of caterpillars being too mushy. That of course led to questions about why caterpillars are so mushy.