This awesome naked egg experiment is brought to you by & from the NEW Tinkerlab book.
Do we HAVE to go to summer school? My heart sinks as the pitch of the whine rises. It has started. My two girls have always loved to learn, yet I can hear social interactions with their classmates entering our conversations. I know for a fact that my girls LOVE the awesome summer school program that our local district offers. They come home every afternoon giddy as they explain all the cool stuff they’ve done.
Yet, that seed is being planted — SCHOOL SUCKS.
My quest to keep the girls curious and passionate about learning continues to be more and more challenging the older they get.
This summer one of the hands-on tools we’re using to inspire creative thinking is the NEW book
Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley.
Our first attempt to embrace science? The infamous NAKED EGG EXPERIMENT.
The experiment starts simple…
You’ll need eggs, vinegar, and if you like a little extra flair … food coloring.
We watched the bubbles [ see video ] …
Let me take a moment to be honest, sometimes we miss the mark. It is so easy to default to “Hey, let’s do this cool thing I found on Pinterest” and completely MISS the opportunity to LEARN from the experience.
This is what I *love* about the Tinkerlab book. It is not only a collection of kids activities, it is a GUIDE for parents:
It is full of simple projects that foster creative thinking through hands-on experiences and provides an easy-to-follow guide to small habits, conversation points, and other tools to inspire a journey towards raising creative children. (Introduction XIII)
It teaches parents how to set-up kid-friendly work spaces, how to ask the right questions … it shares how to inspire CREATIVITY. The Ten Tinkerlab Habits of Mind section particularly resonated with me. Half of that section has been underlined with my pink Sharpie!
So, with the help of the prompts listed in the Tinkerlab book, our science experiment continued on with guiding questions. This inspired each of the girls to write a hypothesis.
After sitting in the vinegar for a full 24-hours the Tinkerlab book recommends you invite your child to touch the egg — even BOUNCE it.
Note: Remind the kids to bounce it gently! Remember it is NAKED. It’s only held together by a membrane, so be prepared to clean-up a potential mess.
While they play, talk with your kids and ask…
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LESSON LEARNED BY MOM:
Not all books are created equally. This one, my friends, is a keeper.
Also find Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors here:
THE PERFECT TRIO | A QUICK THANK YOU…
This parenting quest, to keep the flame of curiosity alive … is not an easy one.
Over the last few years, I continue to find myself inspired by three brilliant women: Rachelle Doorley, Jean Van’t Hul, and Mariah Bruehl.
These women are my guide and my reminder that we are NOT alone in this quest. I want to not only thank them for constantly sharing their insights with the world, but also … I’d like to thank Roost Books for publishing such great resources for today’s modern parent:
- The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van’t Hul
- Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl
- Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley (of course!)
This trio of books is well loved: my copies are full of tabs, underlined phrases, and notes in the margins.
The depth of information will continue to inspire you every time you go back to them.
P.S. Be sure to also check out these posts about Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors:
- A Q&A with the author Rachelle Doorley
- 10 Powerful Life Lessons from Tinkerlab
Citation Credits: From Tinkerlab by Rachelle Doorley, © 2014 by Rachelle Doorley. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, MA. www.roostbooks.com
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