One of the things every home educator I know has too many of is subscriptions... there are just so many things that sound great, would be great, the kids would think are great etc, but we never seem to get round to them all no matter how hard we try.
A subscription we've had for a few months but are only just now finding the time for is MEL Chemistry, it's expensive but actually pretty amazing. It's a bi weekly box containing everything you need to conduct 4 experiments on two separate themes.
The first one we tried was the Tin Hedgehog or...
clearly it meets the kids where they are, Gabe at 6 thinks making a tin hedgehog is just cool, Thea is looking at the reaction, learning how to conduct experiments properly and understanding the language and terminology used, while Orion at 11 takes it further and is beginning to look at the chemical formulas.
We began with this very small zinc pellet and covered it with a solution they had to mix themselves.
Then sat and watched and waited for the reaction and the tin crystals to form and grow.
We thought it looked like a sea monster after a while.
The microscope lens for my phone was a very cool gift as part of the starter kit, a long with a virtual reality headset so they can look at 3D models of the molecules involved in each experiment.
And this is what we were left with, plus many many questions and ideas about attempting to grow crystals from other types of metal. Definitely one for when dad is home to take care of Ayla but fascinating and a lot of fun.