Here’s a glimpse into our real life right now because even though we’ve got this crazy “moving to Mongolia” aspect to our life we also have the very normal “raising a family in North America” thing going on too.
LeYanna decided to enter her school’s science fair. She was asking the question, “Will a bath bomb, placed in water, create enough gas to blow up a balloon?” We spent time writing a list of materials we’d need, the steps of the experiment, and a list of anticipated variables.
Then we went to work.
We made bath bombs then crushed them (so they’d fit in a jar with a top small enough that a balloon could fit over it). Then we filled the jar with bath bomb dust and water, then covered it with a balloon and watched the balloon grow. We quickly learned that it’s easier to put the bath bomb dust in the balloon, water in the vase, seal the balloon over the vase then lift the balloon to dump the bath bomb dust in. Either way, the bomb definitely created enough CO2 to blow up a balloon!
After we saw the results of the experiment, Cory and LeYanna began exploring why it worked. They learned about the chemical properties of baking soda and citric acid (two ingredients in bath bombs) when mixed with water and then put what they learned on a display board.
I had fun, Cory had fun, LeYanna had fun.
And it gives us a great excuse to start talking about LeYanna’s new Bath Bomb Business (which we should have up and running Saturday night)–but that wasn’t the plan, just a nice benefit!
See, we’re normal people. Except when we’re not.