Sunday, August 5, 2012

Burning Scarecrow

We try to draw or recreate some of the scenes from the books we have read, in order to make the stories "come to life" for the girls.  The girls have actually started to suggest some of the projects based on the books we have read.  The Wizard of Oz is a chapter book we read quite awhile ago, but the girls continue to check the movie out of the library and sing the songs non-stop.  So Catherine asked if we could do an experiment to see if a scarecrow really burned. 

I did not want to build a full sized scarecrow, so we made small ones with construction paper and a tiny amount of straw.   I cut out two sets of clothes-shaped paper, which I stapled together with some straw in between.  This was very simple and took less than ten minutes.
 Then we set the first one on fire on the deck:
 The girls watched intently:
 To no one's surprise, the paper and straw scarecrow burned:
 To ashes:
 The girls kept saying "Bye-bye scarecrow!"
Catherine wants to conduct another experiment to see if a witch would really melt if you throw water on it, but I have yet to figure out how to do that.

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