The other morning, after getting out of a very hot shower, my boys came into the bathroom. "Mommy, what happened to the mirror!?" asked my four-year-old.
I explained to him that when water gets really hot, it turns into steam, and that is what he was seeing on the mirrors.
I had a sudden flash back to my childhood, sitting in our warm house on cold winter days, when the windows would sometimes become foggy. I remember writing messages and drawing pictures-- the way the cool glass felt against my finger, and how I always felt it was my own little secret message or picture because it would disappear.
"Do you guys want to draw on the mirrors?" I asked.
They were delighted to slide their fingers across the glass, making pictures and letters, and telling me all about their creations.
When the steam began to disappear I showed them how they can make their own steam by breathing on the glass.
It wasn't a very fancy or even planned art project, but it was fun and we learned a lot in the process.
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