Science Around You

by Deb on November 4, 2010

A lot of people have trouble finding science, but it’s around you every day – you just have to know where to look.  I admit we’re just a little tiny bit more tuned in than most (OK, I admit that big girl says ‘that would make a good science activity!’ at least once a day) so here are a few of the normal activities we’ve done this week and the science in them.

  1. Pig melons – I have no idea what the real name for these is, but we’ve always called them pig melons. They are all over the hobby farm and the girls wanted to see what they were like inside and if you could eat them so we took some home and chopped them up.
  2. Babies – A new lot of baby guinea pigs arrived, the little girl got to hold one before they were even dry. baby guinea pigs
  3. Night picture – the big girl decided she wanted to make a picture of a planet, stars and moon.  She’s painted a big sheet of paper and glued the others on, with much discussion of how to make them and where to put them.
  4. Removing paint – I’ve been scraping paint off windows, we’ve learnt that spraying them with water makes it very easy, especially if you have the big heavy duty scraper rather than the little cheapie! window
  5. The big knife and hot stuff – aka circular saw and angle grinder.  The little one is not really enjoying some of the power tools that are in action.
  6. Chickens – Have moved out to the farm and are free-ranging but seem to be quite annoyed about it – their favourite part of the day is when we feed them!  They were very excited when one caught a grasshopper, all trying to get in on it.
  7. Horses and ponies – They look the same but are different sizes.  The 2 year old doesn’t quite believe me that the ponies aren’t babies. horse pony
  8. Storms – The wet season has started with some truly spectacular storms.  The girls learnt very quickly that wind can blow the rain in under cover!
  9. Ladders -Lots of climbing up and down is happening, changing height gives you a completely different view.
  10. White boards and magnets – We have a whiteboard to go in the playroom (sadly, magnetic paint is no longer made) and it’s a great place to play with magnets.
  11. Measuring – Pulling the tape measure out then letting it whip back is so much fun!  But copying all the adults is pretty good too, the little one can be relied on to hold the end while the big one reads out the numbers.  So far most things seem to measure ’54.’ measuring
  12. Muscle soreness – Whether it’s from using a mattock in the garden, stripping paint, lifting furniture or riding your new bike, all this unusual work can make your muscles sore 😉
  13. Spiders – They seem to be coming in out of the rain, there’s been a lot of them around lately.  The big girl is getting good at picking which are dead spiders and which are the outgrown skins.

What have you done today that had a bit of science in it? Animals, craft, and working just like parents, We Play.

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Alice Audrey November 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

When the son of one of my mother’s friends wanted to make a scale-replica of the solar system, she helped him lay it out. The son was the size of a quarter. Pluto ended up out of town. He’s an astrophysicist now.


Liz November 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I’m sure there is a lot of science in my tiny little apartment. Mostly in my fridge. 🙂
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Brenda November 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Ha! You’re right. Science surrounds us. Quick examples from my life–I had a cup of coffee. I turned on my computer! I got blood out of a pillow case using cold salt water and I dug carrots up in my garden. Thanks for reminding us how important science is.
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Anne November 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Searched the internet on how to treat dry and frizzy hair and found a terrific homemade solution: Olive Oil for hot oil treatment and Avocado with Mayonnaise as a conditioner alternative. How cool is that! I must admit though I suck in science… well, except Chemistry and sub-shells. =)

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CountryDew November 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I always learn a lot from your blogs! I had never heard of magnetic paint before. I need to get out more.
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A Redhead Named Sam November 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I <3 science!

The pictures of the baby guinea pigs are so adorable – I want one now. Of course, my rat terriers might have something to say about that…

I used science this morning too…My alarm woke me up, I took a shower, I drove my car to work, I heated up water for my coffee, and I used the computer to read & respond to your list.

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kandyblossom November 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Love this list. Youngest dd and myself are science geeks, continuously bringing about exaggerated eye rolls from the less enlightened family members. Last year when her class required a science experiment once per grading period, my dd asked if she could do one once per week. LOL.

Today’s science will include turning various ingredients into a delicious Brunswick Stew and fresh cheesy onion bread, stretching the tendon in my arch so that my foot doesn’t start hurting again, figuring out the dimensions of the pieces for the new quilt I am making, and trying to get the chocolate stain out of my throw pillow.
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April November 5, 2010 at 12:14 am

How funny! In my house, the measuring tape always measures 24″. 😀
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Adelle Laudan November 5, 2010 at 2:15 am

My 16 yr old daughter screeched this morning, and all I heard was ew, ew, ewwww A few seconds later her younger sister came down with dead spider and through it out the door. She shook her head and said, “Kids.” lol
It seems you live on a little piece of paradise. I’m sure all the hard work will be worth it.
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Marita November 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Oh what a shame that magnetic paint is no longer made 🙁

I did see some cool sparkly glitter paint at Bunnings. You paint on your regular paint and then the glitter paint goes over the top like a varnish. Looked super cool 🙂

I’m loving all the animal stories and pictures right now (although not the spiders so much).

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{S.T.U.F.F.} November 6, 2010 at 12:27 am

Luv the post. It certaintly reminds me to ‘enjoy the journey’

Thanx for the reality check 🙂


SenseiMattKlein November 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Yes, we are surrounded by science. Might make for some embarrassing moments in my household as I am unable to explain most phenomena. Many trips to google in order.
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Annie November 8, 2010 at 5:24 am

My big girl (6)has only just accepted the idea that ponies are not baby horses. Mr 4 is still not convinced


Christie - Childhood 101 November 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

Ours all measure 36 or 14 and a 1/2! What a great reminder that science really does happen every day.


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