I woke up yesterday morning to quite a surprise.
Back in November, I posted THIS to The Critters And Crayons Facebook Page.
Santa was going to be bringing the kids a cool Molecule Building Kit.
He totally did.
But, the kids thought it was more like a set of tinker toys and they built car shapes, and crocodiles, flowers and other things out of the contents immediately.
BUT YESTERDAY Our daughter said,
“I made the particles on the back of that box Santa brought us.“
I promise I have never used the word “particle” with my child. Where did she learn that word?
She says she learned it when Batman was talking about splitting up something called “Particles”. Go figure.
She didn’t know what she had made, but it was a real joy to RELEARN all of the molecules I hadn’t looked at since 11th grade Chemistry class!
Our 6-year old was fascinated to learn that the water we drink and that comes flowing from our faucets looks like the model she’d made in its tiniest, tiniest building block form!
She had also formed the molecule below without knowing exactly what she had made while following the diagrams on the back of the kit box…..
I explained that the stuff we use to clean her ears and earrings looks just like the model she made if we were able to see it in its smallest form- Lots and lots and lots of these make up what we use in that brown bottle!
And, then we had fun looking up the rest that she had constructed so quietly in the play area….
Can you guess what they all are?
Don’t worry. I had to look them all up, too!
Top Left: Diatomic Nitrogen Molecule (N2)
Top Right: Hydrogen Peroxide Molecule (H2O2)
Middle Left: Diatomic Oxygen Molecule (O2)
Middle Right: Water Molecule (H2O)
Lower Left: Methane Molecule (CH4)
What I love about this molecule kit is that it invites kids to play and learn without even realizing it.
There is a lot to build upon from this very beginning point of building the molecules according to the diagrams and explaining what each of the molecules actually IS to a first grader.
We can keep these models up, or break them down again- but, as the years progress, we will be able to delve into more complex concepts like the differences between Diatomic Molecules, Ionic Bonds, Covalent Bonds, Organic Compounds, and other things I’m going to have to get smart on, all over again.
I found our kit at a local craft store, but you can find them online, too!
I am so glad I happened across this “Making Molecules” activity for kids.
I need to remember to thank Santa next year for the awesome toy. And, I think I may have him throw in a “Chemistry For Dummies” book for me, too.
Speaking of Chemistry…..
I came across some amazing ideas centered on Chemistry and Molecules….
So, do you remember anything from your 11th grade chemistry class?
Oh, Good. I thought I was alone.
HAPPY SCIENCE LEARNING!