My daughter informed me this week that for her birthday this year she wants to do "esperaments and projects." She went on to explain that all the kids should wear "white coats" and "big glasses" and they should "check things." Pretty quickly I was able to understand that the girl is asking for a science-themed birthday party. The good thing is that I have time to figure this out (or time to change her mind!).
So I did what any mother excited that her girl shows an unexpected, unsolicited interest in science would do and headed to the library for a book, a book of experiments. I found a (not-so-good) book rather quickly and proceeded to find our first experiment to attempt together, strongly considering instant availability of supplies.
The Banana in the Bottle: The Short of It
Pour boiling water into the bottle, swish it around, empty it, and place a banana on top. When the air cools the pressure will change, and the banana will be sucked into the bottle. Just like that.
We did it, with two bottles even, and then we waited and waited and waited. You guessed it - nothing. Even with the extra blowing added by the Young One - niente. Defeated, we left the bottles on the counter and headed out for a dinner date. When we returned hours later, low-and-behold -- both bananas were INSIDE the bottles. Richard swears that he did not touch the bananas. Swears. Obviously, this is not a great "esperiment" for an impatient, anxious group of children who will likely be looking for instant results. For she and I, however, it was a victory!
She may change her mind about this theme, but both Richard and I are pleased as punch with her interest, and I'm sure her Grandma, retired science teacher extraordinaire will be as well.
Any ideas or suggestions on how I can pull this off?