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Chasing Babies... Growing in Grace: Science with Daddy

Monday, February 16, 2009

Science with Daddy

Today is My Beloved's day off... I love that he is working 4 day weeks! It is so fun.

This morning, our list of errands was cut short by the reminder that it's President's Day and nothing we needed to do would be open... so home we stayed. After Sweet Pea went down for her nap, Daddy brought out the gyroscope we got recently.

For 30 or more minutes Daddy and son sat on the kitchen floor and played with the gyroscope. Tornado held it, felt it on his finger, picked it up from the floor, and tried to set it on the little balancing point... all while it was spinning. Meanwhile, Daddy was talking to him using words like "centrifical force", "gravity", and "kinetic"... words Tornado (age 2) won't understand for some time, but it's never too early to introduce these concepts to our little ones.

I'll tell you, it blessed my heart to hear them playing and having fun for so long. The first time Tornado had success setting it down, Daddy said "give me five". A while later I heard it come from Tornado himself... and every time after. I just kept hearing, "Gimmie five" from Tornado's mouth... and I'd know he'd been successful again.

Not only science introduction, but great fine motor practice!

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At February 17, 2009 at 6:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

very cool. :-)

Next thing to try is tie a string (tightly) between two chairs. The gyroscope should have a small slot on one end - place the slot on the (taught) string. It should stand on the string, suspended in the air between the two chairs.

Also - The other end should have a small dimple in it. That can be used to make it stand on a pencil point. (daddy can hold the sharp pencil for Tornado to place the gyro on its point).

Thanks for posting - it was fun reading!


At February 18, 2009 at 12:58 AM , Blogger Laura said...

LOVE these pictures! You are able to capture so much more intimate detail than if you weren't
protecting their identities and focusing in so close. They look great!


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