It's not too often my younger children get to set up projects for their older siblings, but this week, Mole Day (the chemistry holiday celebrating Avogadro's number of 6.02 x 10^23, used for measuring atoms, and molecules, and the like) provided a perfect opportunity for them to pitch in.
They were a huge help coloring, cutting and gluing moles (the cute little animal kind) to tiny paper bags (courtesy of our local hardware store).
Actually, we only colored one coloring sheet, then scanned it, reduced its width by 50% and printed out a whole periodic table worth of 3''x5'', already colored moles, ready to be cut out and glued to bags, so the older children could label them with the elements of the periodic table...
...and then fill them with M&Ms approximating the atomic weight marked on each bag...
...before sorting and organizing the filled bags into order following the layout of the periodic table.
Just in case you're wondering - it takes a little more than 22 pounds of M&Ms to fill in for the weight of a mole of each element in the periodic table, and that's leaving out the lanthinide and actinide series'.
It's great to be a homeschooler.