While in Florida she had visited the science museum and bought them some new toys. She gave them a microscope, a stomp rocket kit, and a robot kit. The boys happily tried out their stomp rockets this afternoon. We had one kit at home already that Ian had gotten for Christmas that we haven't yet gotten around to using. The boys decided to take both kits outside and have contests. They experimented with stomping on the rocket launcher, jumping on the rocket launcher, aiming the launcher in different directions; seeing who's rocket would fly higher, or who's rocket would fly further. They had a ball! They knew it was air pressure at work and while they understood the heavier person would force more air out of the launcher it was still fun to try and beat each other. They noticed that Alec's rocket was lighter and was effected by the wind more than Ian's rockets which were heavier. They played for almost an hour, taking turns fairly well too.
After a while Evan and Ian migrated to the beach to dig in the sand in Ian's latest quarry. He was dying to get home and play in the sand today since it was such a beautiful day. While outside we saw a red tailed hawk, a turkey buzzard and kept hearing a bird that Alec has on his bird clock. Ian thought it was an owl but Alec told us that it was the black capped chickadee. Since it's his bird clock and he seems to know them all, I took his word for it.
When I went inside to start cooking dinner, Evan wanted to open the microscope and try it out. Unfortunately, it didn't work well at all. While I know my grandmother spent quite a lot of money on the microscope it was very cheaply made with tons of plastic parts. You can barely see through the eyepiece and it never really comes into focus. The boys were disappointed but kept trying all the different slides anyway. We could finally see what we thought was a fly's wing on one of the slides but since they aren't labeled we're not sure.