Friday, 18 March 2011

George's Marvellous Medicine.....

We went to see 'George's Marvellous Medicine' at the theatre this morning, adapted from the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was the first time that Eve had been to the cinema and she was enchanted with the whole set-up. She took so much pleasure from all the little details, and it was such a pleasure to take her.  Later this afternoon we made our own versions of George's Marvellous Medicine.

I set up a tray with cooking oil, salt, blue bath bubbles, washing up liquid, shaving foam, gylcerine, salt, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, oh and lots of colours of food colouring of course!

The girls had a glass, a glass bowl, a tiny shot glass, tiny spoons, a milk powder measure and a whisk each. They were incredibly careful about measuring out amounts of their chosen ingredients and then replacing the caps. In the picture above, Eve has added bicarbonate of soda to her mixture and is quite fascinated with the growth of her potion as she adds vinegar to it!

The mixtures all ended up a vivid yellowy green for some reason, despite the amount of red colouring that went in!! The girls made lots of observations about the viscosity of the liquids and how the materials combined, as well as the way they stirred into each other. They looked very closely and said what they thought was happening...... a good launch pad for some science experiments based on solutions and mixtures me thinks!

We did of course combine and freeze the bowls of 'medicine' for exploring another day!

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