Who says science has to be complicated? Not I. Our science lesson this afternoon consisted of one tray of baking soda, two small cups of white vinegar and two pipettes.
The original idea came from here, I found it on Pinterest (of course). I didn’t have food colouring as the original idea suggests but I think it would be fun for next time. This experiment was perfect for a sickly Mummy and two bouncy boys on a cool spring day. I’ve been ill for the last week and so I’m trying to take life very, very slowly at the moment, looking for ways to simplify and be a bit gentler on us all.
I was surprised by how this little experiment fascinated the boys, they played with it for about half an hour, and of course there was no worry about tipping it straight down the sink! It is a salient reminder to me that life doesn’t have to be that complicated, when it comes to children particularly, it is the atmosphere that counts. So I’m remembering that, reminding myself as I think about wellness and creating a peaceful atmosphere at home.
What the boys want and need is simply time. They don’t really care that much about what but more about with whom. They’d rather a tray of baking soda and vinegar and some marble run construction with a happy mummy, than a million ‘outside’ activities. And of course it all returns back to me taking the time to look after myself, to create pockets of time for rest, to minimise driving and rushing and all those transitions that cause stress. To be at home with them, reading, making, being together; drifting a little and taking time to just look around.