Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tasty Science Sunday

One of the presents Aunt Nancy and Uncle Chris gave Grace for Christmas was a "Tasty Science" kit where you experiment with things in your kitchen.  This was a perfect gift because Grace loves to cook and she is at a perfect age to scoop, pour, and measure - as long as mom doesn't care about a little mess!

Inside the box are test tubes and a stand, string, cupcake liners, different size scoops, and packets of baking soda, citric acid, and flavors (grape, raspberry, watermelon) and instructions for 10 different activities you can do and taste.  For some of the activities you need to add things from your kitchen but they are mostly staples that you probably have on hand.

Today, we started at the beginning and tested some liquids to see if they were acidic.  The kit give you litmus paper and a pipette and when the paper turns red or orange you know it is an acid.  That part was fine.  The hard part was explaining to Grace what an acid is.  You can see we tested orange juice, milk, lemon juice, and Diet Coke.  After this we learned how to make drinks fizzy by mixing a solution of baking soda and water to one with citric acid and water.  Grace loved when the test tube bubbled over!

We added flavor to the fizzy mixture to make grape soda and then for the finale, we used sugar and raspberry flavor to make powder candy (think of the candy we had as kids with the powdered sugar and a white candy stick).  Grace was so thrilled that she wanted to call Aunt Nancy to tell her how AWESOME this present is.  We had a really fun time playing and experimenting!

The nest thing on the test kitchen agenda is making rock candy.  The recipe calls for 4 cups of sugar!  We will make these, but you can be sure we will also be sharing them so Grace doesn't bounce off the walls from a sugar high!


Phyllis said...

WOW that gift sure made a lot of stuff, and you learned at the same time~what a very cool gift! I hope you do let Aunt Nancy know how much fun you are having with it. I bet she would want to be there to make stuff with you.

cathybcareers said...

Grace you look like a scientist. What fun on a Sunday afternoon. The pictures are great Mama.