Whilst exploring crystals, my eldest daughter and I got into a discussion about different states of matter. This ended up with me trying to explain atoms to a four-year-old. My artistic skills were put to the ultimate test, as inevitably I was going to have to draw a picture. Nearly everything for a four-year-old princess has to be accompanied with a picture.
So we reached for the nearest pen, and came up with this beauty.
We then went on to discuss more about crystals, and how some solids have the atoms organised randomly, and some are very structured. We’re now growing some salt crystals, which have started to form in cubes. They grow very slowly, though, so this may take some weeks to come up with anything decent.