Yesterday my son got his order from Thinkgeek.com (which by the way he ordered 2 days before–how’s that for quick turnaround?) He had carefully and deliberately spent all his Easter money there and was eager for his items so good on Thinkgeek for making it quick.
One of the items he ordered were some DIY straws: hard plastic straws with rubber connector pieces so you can make all sorts of crazy straws. This was a good plan since lately he has been using and reusing one particular crazy straw (which has kind of been driving me insane).
What I didn’t expect was just how much learning AND entertainment all three kids would get from such a simple toy. They spent over 2/3 of the day mixing drinks, figuring out air and liquid flow, syphoning, playing guessing games, and so on. They now have a very good understanding about how household plumbing works as well as air pressure and water flow. On the other hand I now have a very good understanding about just HOW sticky ones floor can become and how WET one’s chair can become when one’s children have free access to lots of liquids and crazy straws.
*And no, I am not getting a kickback from Thinkgeek.com.:)