Rainy Day Fun for Geeks - Science and Gaming

>> Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jo and I have been busy, busy, busy all week long - so today was for sleeping in, relaxing, and having some fun together. We started out by breaking open our new Princess and Dragon expansion set for Carcassonne. Thanks Alan! We've been eager to give it a try and it didn't disappoint - adding a different strategic twist to an already terrific game.

Then we got to play Mad Scientist. I saw this online last week and knew immediately that Jo would love it. Growing colored crystals inside eggshells - what's not to like?
We made super-saturated solutions of table salt, kosher salt, ice melt, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, baking soda, and kitty litter crystals. Yes - kitty litter crystals. We'll see.
Jo tried out all the different color recipes on the back of the food coloring box. Of course, like a good scientist, she took excellent notes.
She documented what color she made each solution - even noting how many drops of each color she used. She also looked at the original salts under a magnifying glass and predicted what shapes the new crystals would take - drawing a picture of each prediction. We're already seeing some very cool results from the baking soda solution.
Some of it seeped through a hairline crack in the egg and crystals have started forming on the outside of the shell. Ooooh - magic! Now Jo's watching Raiders of the Lost Ark and building a temple complete with booby traps and snakes. In a few minutes I plan to join her - with some nice quiet hand work in my lap. [sigh of contentment] A very nice day indeed.

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

1 comments:

Alan Gratz March 28, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

Sounds like you're having a great time without me!

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