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SUMMER FUN: Playing (and learning) with your food

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These fun ideas will keep your kids entertained and teach them something at the same time.

Diet Soda Explosion

Choose a location that can get drenched in soda. Add Mentos candy to diet Coke and watch the fizzy fountain. Spray yourselves off with a hose.

More details: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/dietcokementos.html

Eggciting Fun with Eggs

Make them float: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/floatingeggs.html

Egg in a bottle: http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistrydemonstrations/a/egginabottle.htm

Naked eggs: http://www.kidzone.ws/science/egg.htm

 

Vinegar Volcano

A classic: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/vinegarvolcano.html

 

Test Your Taste Buds

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/smelltaste.html

 

Fun With Chocolate

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/chocolate.html

Let your kids “draw” with liquid chocolate. Chill it and when it hardens they can eat their pictures.

 

Frozen Food Fun

Grab an old fashioned ice cube tray or Popsicle tray. Let your children choose liquids (or semi-liquids) and add them to the trays. Some ideas include: pudding, milk, various juices, soda, veggie or fruit puree, water, boiled water, butter, sour cream, you name it! Stick toothpicks or Popsicle sticks into the liquids and freeze. Discover which items freeze and which do not. While most everything will freeze, some take longer. Record the process then enjoy your “gourmet” popsicles. You can also freeze various “solid” foods and discover what happens to them. Marshmallows, bananas, apples, cheese…some solid foods do interesting things when frozen and can make for a fun science experiment.

Creative Snacks

The web is full of great ideas for turning snacks into fun. Simply type in “Fun Snacks for Kids” into a search engine and you’ll have tens of thousands of ideas to choose from. If that’s a bit overwhelming, here are few places to check out instead:

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/fun-recipes-for-kids

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/appetizers-snacks/

http://www.snackpicks.com/en_US/our-experts/fun-kid-snacks.html

Author: elizabeth

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