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50 educational (and edible!) science experiments kids ages 5 to 10 can do at home
In laboratories, at school, and even in your house―science happens everywhere. Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids brings the excitement of scientific investigation to your kitchen with a heaping helping of experiments that you can really sink your teeth into!
From flaming cheese puffs to solar-powered s’mores, discover tons of deliciously fun ways to explore science―plus technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Each of these science experiments for kids comes with easy-to-follow instructions, as well as difficulty and mess ratings so you know how much adult help you‘ll need. You’ll even find out what meal each experiment is best for!
Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids includes:
- Chew on science―Discover the science in your everyday life with 50 experiments you can try (and taste) yourself.
- Fun and educational―Eat your way through five chapters worth of kitchen science experiments for kids, each one based on a specific part of STEAM learning.
- All skill levels―Whether it’s your first time experimenting in the kitchen or you’ve already got lots of cooking experience, this book of tasty experiments is for you.
Hungry for scientific exploration? Dig in with Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids!
From the Publisher
SAMPLE EXPERIMENT: MODELING GLACIERS
Difficulty: Easy * Mess-o-Meter Rating: Minor Mess * Best Eaten For: Dessert * Prep Time: None * Full Time: 15 Minutes * Makes: 4 Servings of Ice Cream with Mix-ins
When they move across the land, glaciers scrape off dirt and rocks. The dirt and rocks can mix into the glacier as it moves.
1. Place the wafer cookies in a single layer in your baking pan, covering the entire bottom. This is the bedrock, or solid rock, underneath the dirt and loose rocks.
2. Sprinkle your mix-ins on top of the wafer cookies. You want a nice, big heap of dirt and rocks.
3. Place a book or other object under one end of the pan so that it is like a hill.
4. Scoop 1 pint of ice cream on top of the mix-ins and wafer cookies at the high end of the hill (the pan).
5. Wait 5 minutes for the ice cream to start melting.
6. Your ice cream glacier should start sliding down the hill. If it needs a little push, gently scoot it with a spoon.
7. Record your observations and results.
8. Divide your glacier and mix-ins between 4 bowls or use the spoons to eat it out of the pan.
Predict what portion of the dirt and rocks will be picked up by your glacier: ¼, ½, ¾, or all of them.
How did the glacier pick up dirt and rocks?
How much of the dirt and rocks went into the glacier? Was this what you expected?
The Hows and Whys
Glaciers are so heavy that the pressure from their weight melts a layer of water between the glacier and the land. This water lets the glacier slide across the land. As the glacier moves, it picks up entire landforms—even hills and mountains! Did your glacier pick up huge pieces of mix-ins?
TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS
9-by-13-inch baking pan
A book or other 2- to 4-inch tall object to lift up one end of the pan
Ice cream scoop
4 bowls (optional)
1 package vanilla or chocolate wafer cookies
1 pint of your favorite flavor of ice cream
At least 4 types of crumbly ice cream mix-ins (like crushed Oreos, chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.)