Despite my qualms, it turned out that the children were eager to examine the tadpole–dead or alive.
When their night-shift-Daddy awoke in the afternoon, we simply asked them, “Would it be interesting to try looking at the tadpole under the microscope, or would you rather not?” Both the oldest girls begged to see!
Kaira was funny. She seemed so excited that I reminded, “The tadpole is dead, remember?” Ever the scientist, her enthusiasm was unaffected as she exclaimed, “We might still see cells and things!”
Unfortunately we didn’t see much of anything. The tadpole had mostly disintegrated into the water. Even the water itself, which we hoped would contain some micro-organisms, was disappointing. We really couldn’t make out anything organic at all, just magnified sandy matter. As Kendra (while peering into the eyepiece) said, “I see different browns.”
Ah well. We will hope that the replacement tadpole arrives healthy and happy, and proves a more interesting study.