Wednesday, May 30, 2012

There is no such thing as a failed experiment,

…only experiments with unexpected outcomes.
~Richard Buckminster

Charlotte and I picked up some Borax at the Commissary today, and I had high hopes of making these homemade bouncy balls.

Homemade Bouncy Balls

The kids were excited about mixing up a concoction that would become a ball.

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But our first attempt at bouncy ball making wound up being a sloppy, goopy mess that I threw straight into the trash.

We tried again.  The second attempt was better.  The goo formed into a ball, but did not harden.  The consistency resembled the gak that I remember playing with when I was a kid.  As soon as I set the goo/gak ball down on the counter, it flattened out like a pancake.

We were running low on glue by this point, but I told the kids that we could try one more time.  This attempt was the best out of the three.  It formed into a ball, and although it hardened more than the other two attempts, it still wound up flattening out.

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The goo could be formed into back into balls, and in ball form did actually bounce a little.  We played with it other ways too.

Trenton was the observer, poking it and smelling it.

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Charlotte had fun flattening the goo and then forming it back into a ball.  She also grabbed a piece of construction paper and made goo art!

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Although our experiment didn’t have the expected results, we still had a great time with our non-balls!


This post is linked to: It’s Playtime @ The Imagination Tree, Weekly Kid’s Co-op @ Train Up a Child: Learn as We Go, The Sunday Showcase @ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Made By Little Hands @ Delicate Construction


Tonya Dirksen said...

What awesome pictures! And it was still a great experiment even though the results weren't as expected. Thanks for sharing!

Miss Courtney said...

I love how your little one smelled the experiment. Bobo does that, too.

Andrea @ No Doubt Learning said...

I've see this experiment around, but haven't had the chance to try it. At least the kids had fun helping out and experimenting with it!! 3rd time's a charm! :)

Jode said...

I love it when we can share our not so successful activities too! Looks like there was still lots of fun and experimenting happening though and that is the best part isn't it!! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pics with the Weekly Kid's Co-Op x