Simple Science To Spark Curiosity

///Simple Science To Spark Curiosity

Simple Science To Spark Curiosity

by Wendy Goldfein, Lower School Science Teacher

Want to encourage curiosity, experimentation, and exploration with your child? Introduce some simple science investigations with materials you already have on hand to help your children develop questions, problem solve, and find answers!

Making Butter

A little bit of cream and a whole lot of shaking can provide a wonderful exploration of the creation of butter.

  • Heavy whipping cream

  • Jar with tight fitting lid

  • Crackers

Pour ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream into a small jar with a tight fitting lid. A mason jar works very well or the small plastic storage cups that you can find at the grocery store.

Help your child shake the jar until the butter forms a ball. Open the jar to inspect the progress periodically so your child can observe the changes in the texture and color. Once the cream has changed to butter, pour out the watery whey and spread the butter on crackers. This simple science activity provides a great opportunity to talk about liquids and solids, chemical changes, and all about milk products.

Milk Magic

Create colorful “fireworks” in a simple bowl of milk while exploring chemistry.

  • Glass pie pan

  • Full fat milk

  • Bowl for dish soap

  • Dish soap

  • Cotton swabs

  • Food coloring

Pour milk into the pie pan, so it is about half full. Add in drops of food coloring. Pour some dish soap into a separate bowl. Dip a cotton swab in the dish soap and coat the tip. Ask your child what they think will happen. Next, gently touch the coated cotton swab to the milk with the drops of food coloring. You and your child will see the colors burst and spread throughout the bowl, like fireworks in the milk. Every time you try this experiment, the colors and spread will be different! This is a chemical reaction between the milk fat and the soap. It provides a great opportunity to make predictions and discuss reactions.

A great book to support these activities is The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons.

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