You Said a Naked Egg?!

Yes, my family and I have been doing science experiments. So far, we have done
Naked Egg “eggs”-periments and have done several things:Removing the shell from the egg

  • We made the egg bare by soaking it in vinegar (which really smells bad). That made the shell soft enough that we could rub it off and make a The naked egg“naked” egg! The egg yolk is still held in by the membrane. It feels kind of like a water balloon.
  • The egg got a little bigger from water from the vinegar passing though the membrane–osmosis tries to equalize the amount of water on both sides of the egg membrane.
  • We bounced our naked egg! Here’s the video
  • Osmosis and food coloring make egg blueWe used osmosis to turn it blue with food coloring (soaked it in water with blue food coloring) and bounced it some more. It broke–because of how high we bounced it, not because it was blue.
  • We made another naked egg and then “shrank” it in corn syrup (the water went out of the egg membrane and into the corn syrup through osmosis).

Egg "shrunk" from corn syrupNow, we need to rehydrate the egg because it’s all shriveled up. Then we might try to do an “eggs”-periment with fluoride toothpaste. The toothpaste might protect the shell from the vinegar. That will be cool.

Being that this was a science experiment, of course I have the recipe. It is:

  • a clear glass
  • an egg
  • vinegar
  • TIME

For later experiments:

  • food coloring
  • water
  • corn syrup
  • TIME

I have some riddles here about some eggs. Here you go:

What does an evil hen lay?
(Deviled eggs!)

Where do tough chickens come from?
(Hard-boiled eggs!)

What do you get when a chicken lays an egg on top of a barn?
(An eggroll!)

What does a mixed-up hen lay?
(Scrambled eggs!)




My First Animation!

My Blinking EyeThis past weekend, we went to the Museum of Science and Industry to see the Charlie Brown exhibit. They had an art studio at the end where you could try and draw Snoopy or one of the other characters. They also had a place where they showed animation using a Zoetrope. I got to draw my own set of thirteen pictures and put them in the zoetrope. When you spin it and look through the slits, the pictures sort of comes alive. Your eyes fill in the changes between frames.

Since this was my first animation, I decided to go simple and do an eye. My mom was able to take the drawings and turn it into a digital animation–a mini-video! Enjoy my blinking eye animation!

I’ve Got It!

You know that question, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

Well, I have the answer. I kept track, and the answer is (drum roll please)… 271 licks total (OK, I got tired. Some of them [ 11 ] were crunches).


Did you know some animals have scientific names? Like jaguars are panthera onca. I have some more facts, too! (from National Geographic for Kids)

  • Jaguars can live within 12-15 years in the wild; in zoos they live to at least 15.
  • From the end of its tail to the tippy tip of its nose, a jaguar can reach almost 8 feet!
  • Jaguars are the third largest big cat overall. Lions rate first, tigers rate second.
  • An average/normal male jaguar weighs in at about 200 pounds. That’s about 3 of me.
  • Jaguars got their name from a Guarani Indian word, yaguareté, meaning beast that captures its prey in a single bow.
  • They live in South and Central America and they like water.
  • You can tell a jaguar from a leopard because of their spots. Jaguars have a circle of spots and a spot in the middle. Leopards just have a circle of spots–no spot in the middle.

And if you’d like to see some young jaguars in action, check out these web cams at the Milwaukee Zoo.


Movie Time!

Last weekend I saw two movies: Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie. I’ll summarize them both.

Hotel Transylvania is about Mavis (daughter of Dracula), Drac (Dracula), and Jonathan/Johnny (the Human). It’s on Mavis’ 118th birthday and her dad wants it to be perfect. Right when he is getting her party ready, a Human walks in to the hotel. While he does his best to hide him, Mavis still is suspicious. When everyone finds out they’re all scared, though they should be the ones scaring. It ends happily though, like most movies do.

Frankenweenie is about a boy named Victor Frankenstein, Sparky (his dog/experiment), and his “friend” Edgar. Victor loves science and his dog, Sparky. There is going to be a science fair, and he wants to go. His dad said that Victor would have to do baseball before he’d sign Victor’s permission slip. So Victor plays baseball. But Sparky gets hit by a car when he chases the ball. Then Victor’s science teacher teaches the class about how electricity affects the muscles after death, so Victor uses this to bring Sparky back to life. Then some of his classmates try this on dead animals they find. This turns into a disaster but it has a happy ending, as well.

I don’t know which one was better (I liked them both equally), but you can choose if you see the movies.

Richardson Farms Fun

This weekend we went to Richardson Adventure Farm, home of the world’s Largest Corn Maze.  We went through the corn maze doing activities like Who Dunnit (finding the clues to find out who did what to Farmer Brown and where) and Farm Tracks (finding all six animal tracks to see who all stole the pie). There are at least 11.5 miles of corn maze trails (imagine if you got lost!) that make up a picture for the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts. We didn’t walk all of it, thank goodness.

The Corn Maze

11.5 miles of maze

I went on Jumping Pillows (which I highly recommend) and got bounced two feet in the air when an adult was jumping. I went into this big tube that you can roll around (like a hamster wheel) and was like a hamster. Then my mom and dad

The Jumping Pillows

pushed it and I felt like beads in a rolling container. I nearly went on my head! They also have a pumpkin patch that we picked this year’s pumpkin from.

Did you know that pumpkins in a pumpkin patch have thorny vines? My hand tingled when I touched the vines. I can’t believe we saw 50 lb. flattened yellow pumpkins! Yellow! I mean, really? Yellow pumpkins.

More Summer Fun & Adventures…

A baby bald eagle

Bald eagles don't get the white feathers until they are 4 or 5 years old. The darker feathers let older eagles know that they pose no threat. They can't hold territory.

This past weekend I went to the Wisconsin State Fair with my parents and one of my three sets of grandparents. We saw roosters and bunnies and cows and horses and llamas. I even got to pet a llama. We also had flavored milk. Not just chocolate and strawberry, but root beer, cherry vanilla, and banana. The root beer was my favorite. We went on the gondolas and saw stuff on the roofs of places that people had dropped. We also saw pig races and a raptor show with a baby bald eagle from Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.  She’s about a year old and hasn’t been named yet. Last, we ate giant cream puffs. They were like cream sandwiches, but still delicious!

We got up at 1:00 a.m. to see the Perseid meteor shower. We only saw one, but it was still cool. It happens every August so we’re going to try again next year.

Then I spent an over night at one of my other grandparents. We went to Donley’s Wild West Town and had fun panning for gold (fool’s gold, to be exact!). We found 36 nuggets, 5 small, small, small, nuggets. Then, we saw a gun fight show. They used blanks, but they still do harm. The person shot at an aluminum can. One side had a small hole, but the other side had a hole as big as the can itself! Imagine if a blank hit a person! We then went to the movie theater and saw ICE AGE CONTINENTAL DRIFT. I highly recommend it! It’s very funny!

And last but not least…

I have officially finished the alphabet for June. It was fun, but I’ve thought of a lot of other things I could have done each day. Maybe we’ll redo some of the letter days later this summer.

On X Day, we watched “Xanadu.” It’s a weird movie, but I liked most of the songs. We would have Geocached/X-marks the spot, but it was too hot. We had gone to Michael’s to make rain sticks, but they didn’t bring the rain. They did bring some really cool clouds, though.

It looks like rain but it isn’t. 🙁

On Y Day, I did Yarn art. We had Yellow food (scrambled eggs with cheese) and made a Yogurt creation with strawberries and pineapple. It was delicious!

Me on the Zoo Zip line

Me on the Zoo Zip line!

On Z Day, we went to the Zoo and I Zoomed on the Zip line that they have there. We, of course, saw the Zebras. We also saw the lion feeding. They really Zeroed in on the meat!!!

Lion feeding at the Zoo

The raw meat looked like brains and hearts to me.

Veggies and Water

On V Day, we had Vegetarian meals. Since we had done so much for S,T and U, we sort of Vegged out.

On W Day, I got Wet in our sprinkler because it was sooooooooooo Warm. I also made this cool Wave picture:

Wave Jumping picture

Wave jumping mermaids

We Went to my grandma’s because it was her birthday. We Watched “Gremlins” there, too. Very funny movie.  Gizmo is the main character. He’s a Mogwai. He got Wet and multiplied. Then, all of the Mogwai but Gizmo turned into evil gremlins by eating after midnight. Gizmo saves the day by ending the chaos. Mogwai are furry and cute, but:

  1. Never get wet.
  2. Don’t expose to light, they hate it(especially sunlight, kills them).
  3. Never, ever, EVER, feed after midnight. They turn into evil gremlins! No matter how much they beg, check your clock, then check after 5 minutes. If hands do not move, do not feed gremlin(s).

But if gremlins are real, they might be the monster under your bed or in your closet.

Mind Your P’s and Q’s

Yesterday was P Day. I Painted and Played ( I didn’t say to never play video games.) I had a Peanut butter sandwich for lunch. For dinner, I ate Peas, Pasta, and Poultry. We  also made a Perfect Pudding from scratch. It was SOOOOOO good!!!!!  Then we watched “Beetlejuice” for a Paranormal Parody.

Today was Q day. The morning was Quiet. We had a Quick lunch at a fast food place. Then, we went to Michael’s for another craft and Bass Pro Shop for another seminar. I did ask and answer Questions at both of those. I also did a Quarter Quest to try to get more state quarters. I have 40 of the 50 states now! Connecticut is my favorite.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of a favorite breakfast treat. Doughnuts were created on June 22, 1847. I have to figure out how to work that into R day.

Here’s a joke: Which side of the Pudding is the left side?

The side that’s not eaten!