H Family Summer Camp - Cave Week: Day 1
Mostly did everything on my plan...
They woke up to find a CAVE in the dining room (I threw in a handful of plastic snakes, spiders, a lizard and a camping lantern)... so of course I had to serve them breakfast in a cave!
Then they got ready and we did the Stalactite & Stalagmite Experiment. After showing them some pictures and reading some information on them, they really seemed to understand the concept.
Instructions per the TLC site:
What you'll need:
- Two jars
- Epsom salts
- Small weights
How to Conduct the Stalactite and Stalagmite ExperimentStep One: If you sat in a cave for thousands of years, you could watch stalactites and stalagmites form. Or you could make your own in a matter of days.
Step Two: Fill two jars with warm water. Mix in Epsom salts until no more will dissolve. Wet the string and tie a weight to each end. Drop one end of the string into each jar.
Step Three: Put a plate between the two jars, with the string hanging over the plate.
Check your "cave" at least once a day to see if stalactites and stalagmites have formed.
By the way, if you're wondering which are 'tites and which are 'mites: Stalactites have to hold on tight to stay on the ceiling of the cave. Stalagmites have to be mighty to stand up on the floor of the cave.
Jake did an entry in his leftover school science journal... I just told him to do whatever it is he'd do at school. Then Evan did a piece of paper for himself as well.