I love things like this. Chris was telling Michael this morning about something he had seen online....where you could light a crayon like a candle & it would burn for about 30 minutes. Well, don't you know that you could immediately see the spark in Michael's eyes....& know that the wheels were turning in his brain. He went right away to scrounge up a few crayons. I told him to make sure that he peeled the paper off first.....but that was a mistake.....because the paper is what actually helps it burn.
Here's a youtube link that I found demonstrating the experiment. BURNING CRAYON.
One thing I noticed was that in the video, the guy had a hard time getting it to light & Michael didn't have a problem at all. I think because Michael held his at an angle & the match was able to catch the paper along with the crayon & that helped it burn right away.
It was really pretty cool.....but it didn't burn for 30 minutes. Ours only burned for about 10 minutes. Michael put it out right after I snapped that last picture.....so it probably would've burned about 5 mins. longer if we had set it up (like in the video) or put it in some kind of holder. Anyways.....it was a really fun spur-of-the-moment science experiment. I really do think this is the BEST kind of learning ever!! Jon even had to give it whirl when he got up & heard about it. ;-)