Have fun with your kids while you learn and eat together with these experiments!
1. Learn about phases of the moon
Turn learning about the phases of the moon into a yummy experience by using Oreos! Let your little space explorers have a fun day learning about the moon with this fun experiment of Oreo madness! You can even use cupcakes to make the sun and the earth. Simply have your kids carve out the frosting with a spoon to make the different phases. This is great for a rainy indoor activity!
2. Learn how mountains are made
Learn how mountains are made with just a few graham crackers (2 for each child) and some whip cream! “What is happening with this experiment? Plate Tectonics is just a theory at this point but one that many scientist believe to be true. There are three different types of plate tectonic boundaries divergent, convergent, and transform plate boundaries. In this experiment we are testing the Convergent Boundaries, where two plates push together and form mountains. The kids will see that when they push the graham crackers together they push upwards to form a mountain.” -We Made That
3. Edible earth to learn about the layers
Teach your kids about earth layers, via rice krispie treats! “This experiment is a great way to show the proportions of our earth’s interior. And it offers some philosophy, too: In the grand scheme we’re only but a thin layer of frosting, and Mt. Everest is nothing but a sprinkle.” (Mental Floss) This delicious experiement was found on Teach Beside Me and click here for more instructions!
4. Show matter is neither created nor destroyed by making a marshmallow
“Matter is neither created nor destroyed; it’s just rearranged—in this case, from powder and liquid into puffy dollops of happy. The lesson your kids will learn is that: Molecules like to stay together. But when you use extreme heat to pull them apart, and then introduce a whole bunch of new molecules to the party, everyone has to find new buddies. The end result is often marshmallows.” –Mental Floss For directions and instructions to do this experiment with your kids, head to Education.com.
5. Make delicious rock candy geodes
“Combine chemistry and geology lessons at once and make delicious rock candy geodes, as shown by this video at How to Cook That. Learn all about supersaturation! Rock candy forms because you’ve dissolved so much sugar into your water that it can’t really hold it all. So, the water evaporates, the sugar precipitates, and tiny crystals of sugar cling on to one another until you’ve got a delicious geode. It’s also a good way to study the non-edible kind of geode, where crystallization happens much the same—except with minerals dripping into the hollow space of a lava bubble over millions of years. Well, sorta the same.” –Mental Floss
6. “Fossilize” gummies in gelatin
Make Edible Amber Fossils! Amber is the gold of archaeology. This experiment, where kids “fossilize” gummies in gelatin, helps parents explain how amber can preserve prehistoric creatures in ways more delicate than any other form of fossilization. For more information and tutorial head to Education.com.