Snow day in Virginia, my friends, means "there is snow visible on some pavement somewhere in the state."
Anyway, I was a really good mom on Saturday and let the kids do TWO science experiments (baking soda & vinegar volcanos and cornstarch goop - the only science experiments we've ever done and I repeat them aaaaaall the time...), so apparently that means they expect a craft or a science experiment or something structured while the babies nap.
This is why people send their kids to preschool! Not cool. I offered up watercolor painting (because I enjoy it and wanted to try out their new paints...). Nope. I told them they could make a craft from the 25-cent craft book I picked up at the library book sale. Nope.
Soooo I thought fast and set things up for a "melting" experiment. Three bowls of snow (scooped from our steps - no way was I going outside!), and a bowl each of salt, pepper, and sugar.
If they were older than 4.5 and (almost) 3, we would have made charts of our hypotheses, controls, results, etc.
But since they're 4.5 and (almost) 3, Cecilia started eating the snow before we could even mix it...
So we tried it out - they mixed it with all three substances and shocker, salt melted the snow the fastest! However, sugar mixed with snow was the most delicious. Pepper, not so much.
And there I left them as I headed downstairs to get dressed. I'm not crazy, I've left them unattended with their crafts and science experiments for minutes at a time and they've been totally fine. And they had *maybe* a tablespoon of each substance - what could go wrong?
I blame Cari.
Yup, they caught me unaware.
I returned, teeth brushed, hair combed, fully clothed, to this:
That would be all of our salt (the remainder of a 2 lb box of Kosher salt), all our pepper (NOT a 2 lb box), and at least two cups of the fancy organic sugar (bought in bulk from Costco soooo it could be worse...).
Because they needed to make a mixture.
You can tell how mad I wasn't by the fact that I took pictures before making them clean up. And they actually cleaned most of it up on their own, thank goodness!
But yeah, "Catching People Unaware." Check. Thanks for that. I can still smell the pepper.
Today they want to make "Rainbow Snow," whatever that means. All I know is that they're doing it in the bathtub.
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