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.
The number one thing I like about my toddler is her constant amazement in the world around her. Every time we head to the library she has a different subject of books that she’d like to get. One day it might be Disney princesses, the next elephants, and the next sharks. And, while the next time it might be dinosaurs or Pokemon, the interest never completely fades. It’s like a snowball of excitement about the world. I wish that I had just a portion of that.
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.