50 Dangerous Things: 34

Number 34: Deconstruct an Appliance

Our old printer was stuffed, and I was about to bin it when I remembered that taking apart an appliance was considered one of the 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do. Perfect.

Then the printer sat on the floor under my desk for a few months until one snowy, freezy Sunday, when the boys were bored and belligerent – including the biggest of them all. While I set out to do the grocery shopping, they set out to discover what the inside of a printer looks like.

50 Dangerous Things: 34

Armed with screwdrivers and other assorted tools, they spent a good hour-and-a-half dismantling that printer, until every last screw and spring had been removed. They moved bits and prodded electronic things, and Tall was in his element, teaching his sons all sorts of interesting facts about mechanical engineering and product design.

50 Dangerous Things: 34

Tiny wanted to try and put the printer back together again, but we managed to dissuade him. Both he and Pickle had a great time hunting out the tiniest of screws and deciding which screwdriver they needed to use.

This was a great exercise for their inquiring minds; Tiny already exhibits similar engineering traits to his dad, so this was right up his alley.

50 Dangerous Things: 34 Deconstruct an Appliance – DONE

50 Dangerous Things: 01 Lick a 9-Volt Battery
50 Dangerous Things: 11 Throw Rocks
50 Dangerous Things: 15 Throw Things from a Moving Car
50 Dangerous Things: 28 Climb a Tree
50 Dangerous Things: 32 Change a Tyre
50 Dangerous Things: 21 Spend an Hour Blindfolded

50 Dangerous Things: 05 Stick Your Hand out the Window

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50 Dangerous Things: 05

(I just found this post lurking in my Drafts from early 2015. Slack!)

Number 05: Stick Your Hand out the Window

A few days after the aerodynamics lessons of Number 15, Tiny asked if he could stick his hand out the car window. We were driving through town, and the windows were down because it was hot.

We talked a lot about what it felt like, and he had some really interesting things to say about wind and air. He said he was drawing on the air, and found it funny that we couldn’t really do that even though the wind pressure made it feel like he was pushing his hand into something solid.

He moved his hand around, changing the position (vertical vs. horizontal, open vs. closed, fingers spread vs. fingers together) and his own movements (still vs. waving), and we talked briefly about resistance, pressure and lift (I tried to search far, far back to science lessons at school, but…yeah).

It was fun and it opened up a very rudimentary conversation about stuff, but I have no photos because I was driving.

50 Dangerous Things: 05 Stick Your Hand out the Window – DONE

50 Dangerous Things: 01 Lick a 9-Volt Battery
50 Dangerous Things: 11 Throw Rocks
50 Dangerous Things: 15 Throw Things from a Moving Car
50 Dangerous Things: 28 Climb a Tree
50 Dangerous Things: 32 Change a Tyre
50 Dangerous Things: 21 Spend an Hour Blindfolded