Experimenting in life

My daughter was bubbling over with excitement when I picked her up from school one day. She was excited about an experiment. The catalyst was a handful of brightly colored tissue paper. Why so much excitement?

Earlier she observed that when colored tissue paper gets wet, the dye from the paper colors the water. Excited by this observation, she dreamed up an experiment involving rice. Her plan was to use the tissue to dye rice.

When we got home she got right to work. She put the tissue paper in a bowl, added water and waited. The waiting is the hardest part when you’re eight years old. Once the water was red, she added the rice and waited some more. Overnight, the water evaporated leaving red rice.

Red dyed rice mixed with regular rice

The experiment was complete. Her hypothesis was proven true. Colored tissue paper could be used to dye rice.

My daughter then played with the rice and inavertently made a mess in the bathroom. Her sister was mildly annoyed, since they share the same bathroom and rice stuck to her feet. Having my own bathroom, I was less annoyed and able to see the fun that rice and tissue paper provided. Sometimes the simplest things can be delightful.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

When was the last time you experimented? Have you tried something new? What were your results? Please share in a Comment.


  1. I love the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. I joined The Compact this year (Buy Nothing New) and that’s been a big experiment. A good one!

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