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Baby’s first science scrapbook

Dave Giancaspro from GeekDad recently wrote about the popular trend of scrapbooking about a child’s first year, of writing down baby’s first step, first tooth, first haircut, etc. He noted, however, that some important geeky (i.e. “science”) firsts were often overlooked:

“As a geekdad I began wondering who was going to record the weekend science projects, the toy hacks and the names of the butterflies we raised the summer of 2007. 

That’s when I bought a quadrille ruled composition book and began recording some of these wonderful moments in the geeklets lives. I have been journaling random acts of science and engineering since June of 2007. While I may have missed a few Ad Hoc experiments or a neat hack I have captured some good moments. Moments that I will always have to look back on and smile.”

“So,” Giancaspro concludes, “if you have a notebook laying around, grab it and start recording those special moments you’ll treasure, like their first Comic Book, first RPG Character and of course baby’s first Klingon word.”

I frankly think Giancaspro is absolutely right; I would add to this the idea that once the little geeklets are old enough, have them keep a journal of their science experiments and discoveries for them to keep track of and read back on. Not only is it a fun-combined-with-education activity to journal, and makes an automatic keepsake, it ALSO is a good habit to get into to write down discoveries and new ideas to inspire their later “Eureka!” moments. 

And just for the record, “the Butterflies were named Coco, Dori,Coral,Small Fry and Ketchup.”



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.