O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Psalms 43:3

And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. D&C 88:118

The kids

The kids

Monday, January 16, 2012

Engineering Experiments in play

It snowed yesterday! We don't get a whole lot of snow where we live, but when it snows, it is fun to play in. The snow we get is usually very heavy and wet.

Tiger and our neighbors decided to build a snow fort. They started by building the walls with a rectangular bucket. Slowly the walls got higher and rounder. Eventually they got to the door area and decided they needed to create their doorway. At first they had to figure out what they were going to do for the door. Then they remembered various times when each of them had played with arches and keystones. They had one boy lay in the doorway to make sure it stayed big enough to crawl through and hold the "stones" up while they built. They other two then proceeded to pack and layer the snow ever so carefully until a keystone was created and the snow was packed tight. In the end, an arch of sorts was created and the boys had a doorway. They did have a few starts and stops but finally got it.

At one point Tiger decided to test the strength of the doorway and created a crack. This presented the opportunity to discuss "non-destructive testing" and a repair.

Then off to sled on the 2 inches of snowy mush and lots of laughter.

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