“We did a great science worksheet today!” said no kid ever. As an educator, make a new school year resolution to be the one that “comes home to the dinner table” (in a good way of course)! We remember experiences. We remember doing things. We remember concepts when we can apply those concepts.
What better subject than science to make the classroom come alive? This month we offer some simple and very fun science activities that are guaranteed to make children look forward to coming to class and then telling others about what they have learned. But, it’s not just about the “wow” factor. It’s also important that the concepts learned are meaningful and robust.
So how do we start the new school year with a bang? Cooking and food are easy ways children can relate to science. After all we do it every day! In the Quirkles book, Kitchen Chemistry Kal, we test for acids and bases, learn about hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties (water attracting or water repelling), starches, and perhaps best of all, (and a great way to end the summer), learn about solids and liquids by making homemade ice cream.
But that’s not all. This month we offer a bonus, that, while not in this book, ties to Kitchen Chemistry Kal. Watch our video to learn how to make armpit fudge. Instead of the conventional way of ingredient mixing, we use the friction and the heat of the human body—namely the armpit to do the work. It’s actually quite tasty and just gross enough to be wonderful to a young child!
The Quirkles stories and activities are full of ways to make learning memorable. So what are you waiting for? It’s time for some educational, fun science!