Monday, April 06, 2009

Do You Have A Favorite Element?

My kids apparently do.

At dinner tonight:
Harry: Do you know what element has the atomic number 92?
Me: Um, no. Not really.
Harry: It's Uranium

The conversation went on from there. As Harry and Pippi discussed different elements and which ones were their favorites.

Me: You have favorite elements?
Harry and Pippi: Of course.

Now, Pippi is in sixth grade and is doing a unit on chemistry, but Harry is in third grade. They are not studying chemistry. So I asked "How do you know these things? And why?"

Harry: It's what I do in my spare time.

Okay then. (Turns out his binder has a science divider with the periodic table of the elements on it.)

His great-grandpa with a doctorate in Chemistry would have been so proud.

Oh and for the record their favorite elements are: Pippi: Unununium, Harry: Magnesium


PJ Hoover said...

I'll go with Mercury. Back when I was little, my friend's mom was a dental assistant and she brought some home and let us play with it.
Yes, humor here, I know.

Christine M said...

Too bad we can't let the kids play with Mercury these days. :)

Vivian said...

This conversation cracks me up.

I've never thought about favorite elements, but I guess I'd say oxygen.

Christine M said...

Vivian, I chose Oxygen as my favorite element too. Figured it was safe to go with the essentials. :)