The fourth of July is a perfect day to spend in the sun with your friends and family. But, we are little more limited since I have a little one who doesn’t like fireworks. So, after the parade this morning, we decided to do a project that was a little more low-key and built a solar oven to cook some s’mores. (Marshmallows are something we all can agree on.
Whether you are exploring senses, chemistry, states of matter, solutions, or realistically just want your kids to make you some ice cream, this is a fantastic activity. It only takes about fifteen minutes, a few simple ingredients, and some upper body strength (just kidding – mostly).
Molecular gastronomy is a food science that combines physics and chemistry to experiment with tastes and textures of food. It’s an intriguing (and delicious) form of cooking that uses a mixture of creativity, precision, and experimentation of various elements to transform the way we think about food. While we have barely scratched the surface of the art, we started with something simple: spherification.
Since time immemorial kids have been drawn to mud. While generally a nuisance to parents and a chronic ruin-er of outfits, when done intentionally it can be a fun activity for kids without causing their parents heart palpitations.
Alli’s birthday was last weekend and she’d chosen a Little Mermaid theme. (Well, she’d chosen “Ariel and Dinosaurs,” but I told her to pick one and just added some plastic dino toys to the over-all mermaid theme).
Rainy days can become intolerable. And, spring in the south has as many rainy days as sunny.
We like to make this easy (and healthy) treat to remind ourselves that it won’t rain forever. (Probably).
I’m definitely guilty of it. You obviously have a reason for the things you’re telling your child to do. Your patience is at its end with their refusal to cooperate. And, now they are questioning your authority.
Alli has recently been intrigued with all things space related. But, prior to this interest, she’s spent about a year being interested in the moon. So, what better way to kick off some space activities, than one involving our old friend Luna?
If you’re on the internet at all you’ve seen slime. It’s a quick easy sensory activity. And, kids love it! Plus, it’s a great way to teach kids about chemical reactions and the properties of a polymer. So, Alli and I whipped up a batch.