Simple Science to Amaze Your Nieces & Nephews

  These 3 tricks will amaze your family with just a quick stop at a convenience store and you are all set. Floating M’s Supplies: Glass, M&M’s and water. Place a few M&M’s in a glass with the M’s facing up. Add water to cover the M&M’s by  about 1/2 inch. Watch the colored shell melt and then the M will float to the top of the water. This one takes some time so set it up in one glass and let it do its … Read more Simple Science to Amaze Your Nieces & Nephews

Spotlight on Physics with Candy. . .Geometry Revisited

How Big is It? I love to find out the space things take up or the volume of products. Candy is perfect for this. The item you are testing cannot be water soluble since we use water displacement as one of the methods of measurement. One of the awesome properties of water 1 ml of water is equal to  1 cm cubed in volume. We used tootsie rolls for this since they are relatively box shaped. Starburst work well to I would just make a stack … Read more Spotlight on Physics with Candy. . .Geometry Revisited

Freaky Things Candy Experiments

Now that you are stocked up on candy. Let’s do some easy experiments, that use a bit of chemistry and physics too. The will use some of it up and the family will have some fun seeing what happens. WILL IT MELT? The first test will take some time to see the results so pick a candy that you have 6-8 pieces of that is sugary or gummy not chocolate.   You will need lots of cups for this one.  First we will make the solutions … Read more Freaky Things Candy Experiments

pH testing 2.0- beyond Cabbage Juice

When we did the cabbage juice experiment  there were a couple more test that we did that I wanted to share. These are great extenders or great for a second round of this experiment.  Remember these are complex topics that kids will enjoy a few times and continue to deepen there understanding. Go back to this post for the general set up. Adding some  hydrogen peroxide to some of the solutions to see the color change from the addition.   Then we added vinegar. Remember you … Read more pH testing 2.0- beyond Cabbage Juice

Tasty Science Tips for Setting up fun Taste Tests

I mentioned doing a taste test yesterday but then I realized that I should take a little time to tell you about taste testing.  As a Food Scientist, I use taste panels often to determine if a product is just right before we make it for sale.  Some times it is just informal take some home see what your family thinks.    Doing taste tests is a great way to add some more science and math to your kitchen. It is best to compare similar products … Read more Tasty Science Tips for Setting up fun Taste Tests

Playing with Starch Chemistry Fun in the Lab & Kitchen

Starch is one of my favorite products to use.  As a Food Scientist there are many different starches that I use to give products the taste and texture that customers want.  But in the Kitchen and Lab we are going to use just plain cornstarch to show some basic chemistry. To get started try mixing about 1 cup of starch with 1/2 cup water.  You can go with the 2 scoops to 1 scoop ratio for little kids.  Mixing this will be difficult at first then it … Read more Playing with Starch Chemistry Fun in the Lab & Kitchen

Lab Chemistry Red Cabbage Juice pH Fundamentals

Using Cabbage juice to explore acids and bases is a  great introduction to a number of chemistry concepts.  Simply changing out the equipment and expanding the list of items tested moves this from pre-school to middle school. Supplies- The older the kiddo the more chemicals and the more you can go to the ends of the spectrum. Preschoolers will be happy and get the big concepts with 2-3 chemicals that are closer to the center.   The basics- Red cabbage juice–  this is a great … Read more Lab Chemistry Red Cabbage Juice pH Fundamentals

Slime Time Playing with Polymerization Chemistry Fun

I remember the magic of making slime the first time.  The slime came together perfectly but the kiddos were not willing to play with it the cool squishy consistency was just too weird.  Disappointed I put the slime in a container and thought well that was a bust.  However I also had noticed that new things can take some warming up to.  So we changed it up and read a couple books then when back to another project and soon the slime was back out … Read more Slime Time Playing with Polymerization Chemistry Fun

52 Things You Need to Get Your Kids to Love Chemistry

  Really there are just a few simple experiments that will get your kids to love chemistry and science.  You just need these few chemicals I put all of this information in a handy printable THE CHEMISTRY  KIT Download I will send you if you just enter your info in this link.   Baking Soda, Vinegar,  Citric Acid Cheap Hair Conditioner,  Corn Starch Liquid Starch or Borax,  White Glue, Clear Glue Cream of tarter, Box of food Coloring a few things from your kitchen and you are  on your way to … Read more 52 Things You Need to Get Your Kids to Love Chemistry

Boil and Bubble Volcano Science in the Lab

Volcanoes are the easiest introduction to Chemistry around. All you need are: bottles or tall plastic cups Vinegar Baking soda Food coloring   And an easy to clean spot. Cooking sheet with a rim – use a smaller bottle or cup and have a big towel handy. Kneeling outside the bath tub not in it- get your drains cleaned too    this was a favorite when had several volcanoes with different colors in each bottle so the colors blended down the drain.   We used a few … Read more Boil and Bubble Volcano Science in the Lab