Where Do The Dishwasher Tablets Go?


Varun has been in love with science. He doesn’t know it as science but as experiments. Say Experiments and his eyes light up!

I couldn’t believe it how simple baking soda + vinegar volcanoes have evolved into a love for experiments.

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We also did the “free” toys trapped in ice to learn about how water freezes into ice and then it slowly melts back into water. Instead of waiting for the ice to melt slowly, he took theĀ entire ice box under hot tap water to melt it in minutes. Talk about impatience!

We mixed different liquids (water, oil, vinegar and soap) to see if they dissolve into each other or separate out into different layers. He shook it and then kept it on the counter and was fascinated to see the liquids separate out.


He wants to measure, mix, stir and see what happens.He keeps asking for more.

More than the guided experiments that I try with him, what impressed me most about this is how he has taken this further. Today while helping me load the dishwasher, he wondered what happened to all the tablets that he puts in. Where do they go?

He asked me what happens to them? Where does the white part go? And what about the blue?

And what about the plastic wrapper?

I handed him a glass of water to see what happens. He dropped in a tablet and it immediately started bubbling up. It turned cloudy, the blue soap rose to the top slowly. He got a spoon to stir the water and then fish out the “plastic” and saw that it has disappeared a little bit.

Then he asked me for hot water. He said, will it disappear completely in hot water.

I gave him some and this time the whole thing melted quickly. A small plastic piece remained, which we have kept on the counter so we can check it out in the morning.

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I am excited to learn “science” with him again. Its fun. Its interactive and its simply amazing to see how he is learning.

If only he shared some of this excitement for reading and writing šŸ˜‰