It’s been long since we did our magical science experiments. Lest P loses interest, I quickly decided our next project will be an easy science experiment that will teach him the 4 directions – North, South, East and West. Living in Mumbai, where every address is divided into East and West, P is familiar with the names of directions. Now I had to show him to identify them.
I decided to make a homemade compass using a needle, magnet, thermocol piece and water. I got P to rub the magnet in one direction on a needle (it’s tricky and needs careful supervision). Once the needle was magnetised, we poked it through the piece of thermocol and set it in a bowl of water.
The magnetised needle automatically pointed to the North. I turned it around in many directions to show P that no matter what the needle will still point to the north. He was super thrilled and kept running around to all the rooms to find out where North is.
Once the excitement settled, I got him to bend and point his head to the North. Which means his back is the South, his right hand will be East and left hand will be West. P loved the whole gross movement involved and ran to all the rooms to do the same.
We then spoke of sun rising in the east and setting in the west, which he seemed to relate much more – now that he has his own home made compass.