As a self-proclaimed DAM (Drive Around Mom) I have a lot of conversations in the rear-view mirror with my kids that involve them asking me questions and then not really paying attention to what I answer, only that I answer.
If no one else cares what I say, I might as well amuse myself, right?
Mommy? What shape is my ball?
What shape is this book?
-It's a quadrilateral.
What shape is my carseat?
It's an irregular polygon.
I can't remember exactly what Melody was asking for, but I told her that she couldn't play with it in her carseat because it is a liquid.
What's a liquid?
-Something that can be poured and needs a container to keep from spilling.
-Matter comes in three forms, solid, liquid and vapor. (I say vapor, because she associates gas with gasoline, which is a liquid.) Vapors are things you can inhale, solids are things you can pick up or hit and they don't change shape. And liquids need a container to prevent them from spilling.
-Except for glass. It is technically a liquid.
Mommy, what is my dolly?
Mommy? What is my sippy cup?
-The cup is a solid, the juice is a liquid. See? It has to be in the cup, or it spills.
What is my sister?
-Some of each. Her bones are solid, her blood is liquid, her lungs are filled with vapor.
What is PennyVann?
What about silly?
-Oh, silly is a liquid. It pours out of your mouth and is very hard to contain.