Wednesday, May 20, 2009


There have been a number of spontaneous child-led experiments around here of late. Here are two examples:These are Hug's smelling bottles. He collected different samples of leaves & herbs from the garden and put each type in a jar with water. Apparently the bamboo skewer is designed to be pulled out through the plastic wrap so that you can enjoy the smell of each jar.

Dissecting a banana flower. I did suggest chopping boards but they were so into it! There is a 'heart' in the the flower (similar to an artichoke heart). Btw, in case anyone wants to let their children at a banana flower, the sap/juice (from the stem and flower) stains... as I discovered later when I went to wash those clothes, so beware!

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  1. You know we've still never done the smelling jars....I think we'll have to pass on the banana flower if it stains though :)
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    I didn't want to post it directly on my blog but feel free to take a look.

  2. I love the smelling jar idea with your own herbs! We have done the extracts several times, but never pull herbs from the garden for that particular experiment. Great idea! (and your son thinking of the skewers was pretty good too!!)


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  4. Oh! I have SO much to catch up with on your blog! You've been busy!


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