Curious about how to interest your kids in science? Thankfully, you don’t need expensive equipment or a PhD in chemistry to serve up some fun science lessons. Everything you need is probably right in your home’s kitchen! So throw on your lab coats and whip up one of these five edible experiments; they’re as delicious as they are educational.
1. Rock Candy Geode
This delicious geode which is one of the ten tasty experiments listed by Mental Floss has a yummy chocolate shell and delicious sugar crystals interior. But this candy rock isn’t just pleasant looking and delicious to taste--by demonstrating how crystals form through water evaporation and precipitation of sugars, therefore mimicking the process that forms real geodes, it delivers important lessons in both chemistry and geology.
2. Edible Slime
What’s a mad scientist without a giant glob of green slime? There’s nothing that little Einsteins love more than splatting, stretching and squashing a giant ball of goo. Thanks to Fun at Home with Kids who cooked up a chemical-free, quick and easy recipe for green gak in their top-genius laboratory, your little scientists can have their slime and eat it too.
3. Solar-power, sunbaked s’mores
The secret ingredient to a perfect s’more is a little bit of sunshine! This creative contraption thought up by Motherhood on a Dime is easy for kids to make using several simple steps. It shows kids how solar power works using a cardboard box, tinfoil, tape, and plastic wrap in order to melt a marshmallow onto a graham cracker and chocolate. Who knew solar power could be so scrumptious?
4. Scientific Slushie
A slushie without a blender? It’s not magic -- it’s science! Using the easy step-by-step directions at Reading Confetti you and your scientists can turn almost any drink into delicious freeze. To sweeten the deal, this treat isn’t just a yummy way to cool off on a hot day, it’s also the perfect opportunity to learn about the properties of salt and how it lowers the freezing point of water, allowing surrounding liquid to turn into slush. After all, there’s nothing cooler than learning something new all while enjoying an ice-cold treat.
5. Fizzy Sherbet
Looking for a treat that will make your kid’s tongue tingle with curiosity? Try whipping up a batch of this ultra-easy sherbet detailed over at Laughing Kids Learn. With only two ingredients, it’s easy enough for most tiny scientists to make on their own, but the tingling feeling it leaves on the tongue will leave some scratching their heads. How does it work? The article explains that when citric acid and bicarbonate mixes together it releases a gas which causes a sizzling sensation. Who could have guessed that gas could be so tasty?
Eureka! Your kitchen is a laboratory! Whether they’re sipping a slushie or nibbling a s’more, these five experiments will fill your little Einsteins’ minds with something useful and their bellies with something yummy.