Posted by Barack Levin on 29th March 2009
When the light bulb in our corridor burned out, I decided to change it with the help of the kids and at the same time teach them something new. The task that usually took me five minutes ended up taking more than thirty minutes.
First, the kids brought the ladder from the storage room. They opened it and placed it right under the light fixture that had the burnt out bulb. Each of them stepped on the ladder trying to reach it.
Of course, they couldn’t, so Daddy had to do it. I climbed on the ladder and after several “attempted” failed attempts to reach the light fixture, I have finally managed to touch it. I then unscrewed the cover and unscrewed the light bulb. Then, I had to go down the ladder and to the basement to get a new light bulb. My little girl carried the new one and the old one. I then went back to the corridor and screwed in the light bulb, put the cover back on and told the kids to put the ladder back in the storage room. It was done.
Now came the educational part. We got the burnt out light bulb, a hammer and a plastic bag and went to our deck. My boy held the plastic bag and lifted his face high and away. I took the bulb and hammer and smashed the bulb into the plastic bag. I showed them the broken glass and how it was sharp. They touched the sharp edges to understand the concept of sharpness. I showed them the mechanism behind the light and explained how electricity flows from one side to the other while providing light. They were fascinated and asked some technical questions.
All in all, it was an excellent bonding and educating experience.