Pinterest in Real Life - Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned. Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks. The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.
My kids recently found a Magic School Bus book about baking and they were really interested in doing one of the science project in it. The project required just a pitcher of water, baking soda, vinegar and some peanuts. The peanuts were supposed to move around once the reaction started with the baking soda and vinegar. I didn't have peanuts so I decided that I would try almonds instead.
The project didn't go as I anticipated. In fact, it sort of fell flat on its face. Nothing. No movement at all! My kids enjoyed seeing the baking soda and vinegar bubble but the intended activity never happened. We even tried raisins and sunflower seeds. Nothing moved!! Even though it didn't go how it was "supposed” to go, my kids had a great time spooning baking soda in and wanted to do more experiments.
I thought about the Fireworks in a Jar I’d seen on Pinterest from I Can Teach My Child and I decided to give that a try. I knew we had the ingredients (or so I thought). I tried to follow the directions, but quickly realized that gel food coloring really doesn’t work the same as water food coloring :-/ So, we had a gross green oily concoction on our hands that didn’t look anything like fireworks. I’m going to get regular food coloring and try it again later.
Even though both experiments didn’t achieve the expected results, we still had a good time. My son said “You need to get me more baking soda so I can do my own experiment” and my daughter said “Even though it didn’t work, it was fun!”. Now my son is asking to do experiments every day :-) It’s sparked his interest in science and exploring, and that makes me happy!
Have you ever done an experiment with your child that has failed?