A favourite activity of Pebble’s lately (and mine too) is to make “ex-per-i-ents“. Ever since we made our Wizard’s Brew she has been very keen to try out new “ex-per-i-ents”. These are “REALLY good ideas” where Pebble takes a few simple objects and tests out her theories. The other day it was testing what would happen if she coloured a picture of a butterfly with texta, then covered it in glue, folded it in half and tried to open it again. The narration is my favourite part – excited and tense murmurings of “what’s going to happen?” and “first you get the texta, then you press, press, press, and fold, fold, fold“. Then comes frustration – the paper rips and there is a mini tantrum. Now it’s my turn to explain, guide, and suggest. “I think the paper is ripping because the glue is too sticky. What if we tried some paint?”. Nope, not quite right apparently. “What if we tried smudging the texta with water?” Yes! With this offer accepted, we tried dipping a cotton square in water and smudging the texta. “It’s washing it away!” she cried out. Indeed it did, and also got very, very soggy. So of course we hung it on the washing line to dry. Next her interest turned to the cotton squares – what would happen if she drew on them with texta? Then wet them? Then pressed them with glue?
This morning the “ex-per-i-ent” was with play dough and bottle tops. “Come and watch my experient, mum”, “This is my very special trick, I roll it and roll it and roll it smooth”, “Now we get the bottle toppers and cut, cut, cut and TA-DA! Can you see? It’s a circle!”, “Now let’s see what’s going to happen, are you ready? First I press it on one side, then…. I turn it over …… and press on the other side!” Even as I write this post, Pebble is playing beside me with play dough and paper, folding the play dough inside the paper, pressing it down, trying to stand objects up in blobs of play dough. It is such simple play, but with so much thinking involved, testing, fixing ‘failures’, trying new methods.
This week I’m grateful for my little scientist and her imagination, persistence and delight in the wonders of her world.
What are you grateful for?