Mary's second grade science book included an experiment that she wanted to replicate. We enthusiastically bought 3 different bird seeds, labeled them, and set them out in the backyard to see which one the birds liked best. Her project seemed doomed though when, within an hour the evil squirrels knocked over, first the blend with dried fruits, and then the one with sunflower seeds to gobble as much as he could hold. Mary went out to try to repair the trays, but soon the squirrel was back. Before we knew it all 3 trays were empty. I feel badly for her, especially since she went to so much trouble making a chart to record her data. We might have to simply notice which seed the squirrel did not eat first- the cheap one with lots of millet in the mix.
I have never been one for setting up science experiments in the kitchen, but I am making a lot of effort to try to replicate the experiments in Will's science book. So far we have made rain from steam, poured air, and made a scale using a clothes hanger, Tim's socks, and all my teaspoons (as weights). While I am more apt to enjoy setting everyone on the sofa to read history or stories, science does seem to be more fun, with all the children wanting to participate.