Today we did our first "science" experiment. The purpose was merely to just do something that required teamwork and problem solving without the kidlets getting totally out of control. Their job was simple. First, take turns squeezing every single bit of toothpaste out of the toothpaste tube.
When you think you have all the toothpaste out, roll up the tube and squeeze out some more. At this point our classroom was smelling minty fresh!
Then came the tricky part. Using only one toothpick for the entire group, they had to get all of the toothpaste back INTO the tube.
It got very messy, very quickly. There was toothpaste residue on the tables and the sink and the soap and the kids. At this point, the smell in the room had gone from minty fresh to nauseating. I had to put the trash out in the hallway because of the smell!
The point of the experiment was to provide a concrete example of what happens when you say mean things to others. Once you put something out there, you can never really take it back.
#Life lesson of the day.
#Then a kid asked me what hoeing was.