What happens when you paint with water colors on paper that has been sprayed wet? WATER COLOR FRACTALS!!
Left over apple cores can become shape stamps!
Easy Kale Riders!
What happens to the dry herbs floating on top of the water when we add a drop of water? Wow they move fast! Soap makes water molecules stick less together so the dried herbs really get moving!
Summer is coming soon! The kids were very helpful putting straw mulch over all of the dark garden soil! We later felt the difference between the soil that was mulched and the bare soil after 2 days of bright sun. The bare dark soil was hot and dusty, but the mulched soil was cool and moist!!
Yummy spring carrots from the garden!
Alphabet Stamp Art!
It's carrot season and we had so much fun making this delicious kid-friendly salad. It's extra fun to say "carrot coconut currant salad" three times really fast!
We harvested and scrubbed clean 4 garden carrots.
Grate the carrots. The kids showed some great teamwork as they helped eachother with the grater.
Juice 4 limes and add lime juice to the grated carrots.
Add 1/4 cup currants to the carrot mixture.
Add 1/2 cup (unsweetened) coconut flakes.
Add 1/4 cup coconut oil and an optional 2 TBS honey. We did not add any honey as the garden carrots are so fresh and sweet :)
Mix together all ingredients. Drop your spoon in the dirt? That's OK! We used a carrot as our stiriing utensil!
Yum! The kids loved this simple salad!
Here's some more awesome garden inspired activities we got up to!
Garden Stamp Art
Still Life with Garden Flowers
Using Garden Flowers as Paintbrushes
"What helps the garden grow?"
"Sun, rain, butterflies, and love"
Bean and Seed Mosaic Trees
3 weeks ago we made a cloud in a bottle by puting very warm water in a bottle added some smoke and changing the air pressure. A young scientist asked if we could make a colored cloud.
So, we tried to!
We first all made our own hypothesis, then we added green food coloring to the previous experiment.
Add very warm water.
Photos by 6 year old:)
Then we add some smoke from a lit match.
High pressure (squeezing the bottle) = very little cloud
Low pressure (relaeasing the squeeze) = dense cloud
Results: Our cloud was not green!
Discussion: Why does the green just stay in the liquid water?
Because when water evaporates it leaves behind any molecules that are not water.
Homemade Water Filter:
Can we make a water filter from our yard?
We layered sand, leaves, gravel, wood mulch, green grass, juniper bark, and ball moss into an invertered plastice bottle. We put in muddy water and it came out almost clear. Not good enough for drinking though.
Which chemical reaction will cause bubbles to rise the highest,
baking soda and lime juice or baking soda and vinegar?
The kids measured equal volumes for each reactant.
"What is your hypothesis?"
Baking soda and lime juice above!
Baking soda and vinegar below!
The sugar in the lime juice help the bubbles get tall.
The vinegar had a much faster reaction, spilling all over the table.
More fun in the garden!
See you next time!!
Here at ACG we love creative art projects - especially process art experiences where the emphasis is on the process of creating, not on the end result. In process art we set up creative invitations where the children can explore the materials and create freely. Check out our fun projects with tips to raise creative thinkers and positive ways to respond to children's art!
Plastic Bag Monoprints
This printmaking project was really exciting for the kids as they made several copies of their original painting.
Step 1: Create a painting on a plastic sandwich bag.
Step 2: Place a piece of paper on top of the painting and roll over it to transfer the painting.
Step 3: Carefully peel off the paper.
Step 4: Do it again and again to make copies of the original piece.
"This one's for my mommy and this one's for my daddy!"
Positive Ways to Respond to Children's Art
As adults we have been led to believe that praise is a motivator and a way to support a child's accomplishments with saying things like ' I love...' or 'That is so great'. These are all comments that can hold judgement and can turn into empty praise.
Check out this article 'Preschoolers and Praise, What Kinds of Messages Help Kids Grow' for more info on how to create a growth mind-set by choosing process praise instead of generic praise.
To support the creative process we try to make comments that are provocations to open the door for more conversation:
"Tell me about what you've done."
"What are you thinking?"
"I notice that you have used a lot of red and yellow."
"In this part of the picture your lines go round and round and round."
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to take the time to reflect, notice, and share a thoughtful response with our full attention.
(Betsy McKenna M.Ed.)
Crayon Resist Watercolors
Through this drawing and painting experience, children discover how the unique qualities of waxy crayons and watery paint can create an interesting effect.
Step 1: Draw a picture with waxy crayons.
Step 2: Watercolor on top of the crayon drawing.
Step 3: Notice how the crayon reappears!
"My pink is coming back! I love pink!"
"This paint is like magic!"
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
Art projects are a fun way to integrate early math concepts. In this project we explored counting, matching and sorting, patterns and sequence, and spatial relationships.
"I'm making my circles dance!"
"I'm going to make my circles dance too!"
Cotton Swab Mini Watercolors
Cotton swabs are a fun invitation for children. They are little and fit right into their fingers! Great for fine motor skills too!
"The most beautiful world is always entered through the imagination."
7 Tips for Raising Creative Thinkers
1. Let go and get messy!
Trust that children are capable and can create their own path.
Nurturing creativity can get messy sometimes :)
2. Let them play.
Unstructured play supports a lifelong love of learning.
3. Create a maker space.
Carve out a place in your home where kids are free to create and explore on their own terms.
4. Ask questions.
When we ask open-ended questions we are helping our child use language to elaborate an idea, and we are showing interest in their play and work.
5. Visit Museums.
Museums expose children to unknown worlds, can provoke imagination, and are a place where art appreciation begins. A great trick to make them fun is to start at the Gift Shop, have the child pick some postcards they are excited about, and then go on a search to find the real art that matches the postcard!
6. Let them decorate their rooms.
When children are in charge of their own space it gives them a sense of autonomy, motivates them to keep things tidy, teaches them to respect other people's spaces, and helps them develop a sense of style.
7. Model Imperfection.
When we make mistakes (as we all do!) if we apologize, clean up, laugh at our mishaps and find creative solutions we are modeling for our children how to fix and learn from mistakes.
We took our canvases and paints out to the garden!
"Creativity take courage."
Building Creative Confidence
Here are some powerful prompts that can influence a child's positive mind-set and creative confidence:
I see that you...
"I see that you used red swirly lines."
Remind me how you...
"Remind me how you made the paper stand straight up this way."
I know you can...
"I know you can figure this out. You have done it before."
"Try it - you never know what might happen."
Take a chance...
"Take a chance see what happens."
What do you think?
What do you think about how to make your sculpture bigger?"
Give it a go.
"Give it a go. That's the only way forward."
Tell me how...
"Tell me how you built such a tall sturdy structure."
You remembered how...
"You remembered how to close the glue jar so it won't dry up."
I noticed that...
"I notices that you started folding the paper but then changed your mind and began to cut the paper instead."
Just try it and see how your child responds!
Here's a process art collaborative experience where anything is possible! All made with recycled and found objects.
Wonderful things can happen when children work together: greater energy, words of encouragement, consideration of equality, thinking out loud, taking leadership roles, listening to other opinions, and generating new ideas.
"It's through others that we develop into ourselves."
We got up to a lot of activities besides just process art this month. Check out our cool bridge we made!
That's one tough bridge!
Taking care of our garden :)
We love our new kayak! So far we have been on adventures to the jungle, the ocean, and grandma's house.
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
KENNETH GRAHAME, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Learning Locks and Latches!
The kids love to make our delicious guacamole! Check out our previous blog for the recipe.
See you next time!
While we regularly focus on social-emotional development, we especially like to highlight our theme of love, cooperation, and friendship in February!
Check out our "ME Books" where the children articulate things they like about themselves and that are special to them.
The kids really spent some time pondering what it is they liked about themselves!
Love Affirmation Yoga
This heart opening sequence was inspired by Kids Yoga Stories with postures to help release emotions, build confidence, and open our hearts to receive love.
Triangle Pose - "I am open minded"
Warrior Pose - "I am strong"
Chair Pose - "I am happy"
Table Pose - "I am balanced"
Happy Baby Pose - "I am safe"
Resting Pose - "I am calm"
Loving Kindness Breath
"Close your eyes and begin to tune in to the sound of your breath.
Take a deep breath in and slowly exhale for five counts.
On your next exhale, think of filling yourself with love.
On the next exhale, think of sending love and kindness to someone close to you.
Then on the next exhale, think of sending love and kindness to someone you might be upset with (some of the kids chose fireants!).
Then send love and kindness out to the world around you, the animals, the trees, your neighbors, and your city.
Lastly, send out love and kindness to the whole planet!"
One of our favorite fingerplays to sing at Circle Time is "Love grows". Ask the kids to teach it to you :)
"Love" (hands on heart)
"grows" (hands spread wide)
" 1 by 1" (hold up 1 finger on each hand)
"2 by 2" (hold up 2 fingers in each hand)
"and 4 by 4" (hold out 4 fingers in each hand)
"Love..." (hands at heart)
"...grows..." (arms spread wide)
" round like a circle" (make a circle with your finger)
" and comes back knocking at your front door" (knock on pretend door)
We explored different feelings with pictures and art!
These great books helped us recognize different emotions and gave us tools for how to respond to them. It was amazing how many sincere apologies were shared after reading Zach Apologizes by William Mulcahy!
This collaborative art project was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Cooperative Musical Chairs - The goal of this game is to share (not compete for) the remaining chairs when the music ends.
Robot Game - Split up into pairs, take turns with one child being the commander and the other child being the robot. The commander tells the robot how to move so he or she can get around obstacles to reach a predetermined goal.
As they share space and resources, the children are constantly practicing communication skills and learning how to cooperate and play together.
Science Experiments Together!
Can paper go under water without getting wet?
"It's a miracle! The paper is still completely dry!"
If the cup is pushed straight down, it will form a pocket of air in the cup and the paper will stay dry.
How can we show that water molecules really do move from areas that they are squished close together to areas where there is more space? This is called diffusion.
What is your hypothesis? Do you think the molecules will find more space in the center jar? What color will that water be?
After 24 hours the jars had the same water level and diffusion ended!
ABC puzzles together!
Writing our ABC's in the foreground, ABC magnets in the background!
These simple Grain-free Brownies were so yummy! Cooking class improves our ability to follow directions and encourages teamwork, patience, and self control.
Step 1 - Oil the pan with coconut oil so the brownies don't stick to the pan.
Step 2 - In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup almond butter, 1/3 cup honey, 1 egg, 2 TBSP melted ghee, and 1 tsp vanilla.
Step 3 - Stir in 1/3 cup cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda.
Step 4 - Stir in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
Step 5 - Pour the batter into a 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20-23 minutes at 325 degrees, until the brownie is done, but still soft in the middle.
Step 6 - Garnish with more chocolate chips and enjoy with your friends :)
S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym and buzz word in education:
S - Science (experiments, observations, predictions, inquiry skills)
T - Technology (using tools, being inventive, understanding how things work)
E - Engineering (solving problems, designing and building things that work)
A - Arts (creativity, design, open ended activities, music and language arts)
M - Math (sequencing, patterning, matching, exploring shapes, volume, and size)
When we integrate STEAM into everyday play and learning we help support and encourage the innovators of tomorrow!
This winter we explored COLOR with a STEAM lens. Check out our awesome projects!
When the plants and skies start to look gray and dreary outside, it's time to bring more color to our inside projects. These snowflakes were inspired by Babble Dabble Do - a great resource for creative activities that include a STEAM curriculum.
These snowflakes provide a great hands-on way to work with fractions!
Step 1: Take a coffee filter and fold it in 1/2.
Step 2: Fold it in 1/2 again.
Step 3: Fold it again in 1/3.
Step 4: Cut out various shapes. Sharp scissors help this process, help younger children with the cutting as needed.
Step 5: Dip the corners into different colors of liquid watercolor. The kids loved watching the color absorb up into the paper.
Step 6: Carefully unfold your snowflake and observe the different colors and patterns.
Learning about the Color Wheel with DIY Color Spinners
We made these paper spinners by Red Ted Art for a fun way to learn about Color Theory and incorporate STEAM principles.
On one side of the spinner was the basic color wheel and the kids designed their own colors and patterns on the other side.
When spinning you can really see how the red/yellow rim turns orange, the blue/yellow goes a light green and the red/blue turns a bright purple!
When this color spinner is going fast enough it actually appears as white.
White light is made up of all the colors of the rainbow!
Exploring CD's with Flashlights to See How Refraction Creates Colors
Challenge - Discover how a flashlight works by taking it apart and putting it back together.
Combining Primary Colors to Create Secondary Colors
Turn natural materials into interesting paintbrushes! Notice the different textures created by the materials.
Red and yellow make ORANGE!
These oil and watercolor projects were a great experiment in learning how oil and water don't mix... and they produced a beautiful effect.
Red and blue make PURPLE!
We used this art spinner to mix blue and yellow. The kids were fascinated as the centrifugal forces drew the wet paint outwards, creating intricate designs.
Blue and yellow make GREEN!
Rainbow Milk Science Experiment
The molecules of soap interact with the fat molecules of milk and disperse the food coloring into beautiful swirls. Check out Steve Spangler Science for detailed instructions to try at home. The kids ask to do this experiment over and over :)
“Every kid starts out as a natural born scientist.”
By dipping paper into the milk swirl you can create amazing marbled milk art!
We put together different colors of rectangles, squares, and triangles into our own unique designs.
"Two triangles is the same as a square!"
Without even realizing it, the kids are learning basic principles of geometry and how shapes and area interact.
We loved these fun cards and looked for matching colors in our environment.
Self Portraits with Color
We used mirrors and watercolors to create these fun self portraits.
ABC's with Rainbow Kids Yoga
We identified different letters and then spelled some of our favorite colors.
Here we are spelling BLUE!
U (hint - the U is upside down)
And here we are spelling RED!
Rainbow Chakra Affirmation Song!
Red - I'm Powerful
Orange - I'm Joyful
Yellow - I know I can
Green - I'm Loving
Indigo - I'm Smart
Violet - I'm Understanding
I'm a Rainbow!
Engineering with blocks, tires, ramps, and balls!
Technology - These Snap Circuits are a really fun way to introduce more advanced technology projects.
Cooking is a wonderful STEAM activity!
Science - Observing changes when combining wet and dry, and applying heat
Technology - Using tools; whisks, blenders, scoops, ovens
Engineering - What's the most efficient way to get the mix into the muffin pan?
Arts - Presentation, choosing ingredients, celebrating customs
Math - Measuring, volume, counting, following a sequence
Check out the recipe for these superfood Applesauce Muffins on our May 2016 blog!
Take a look at this STEM Guide from the Boston Children's Museum for lots of ways you can incorporate STEM and STEAM learning at home!
To make the crust, we collected pecans from the huge pecan tree in our front yard.
Mr Ben removed a small branch for us so we could see how the pecans attached to the tree.
The kids adored using this nutcracker. It's so easy and effective!
Great stocking- stuffer!
They carefully shelled the pecans and delicately removed the pits from the dates.
We combined 2 cups pecans, 3 large pitted dates, 2 TBS coconut oil, and a pinch of salt in the vitamix and blended until smooth.
We oiled the pie plate and carefully pressed our crust into a pie shape.
Bake the crust at 350 for 15 minutes and let cool before filling.
To make the persimmon filling - be sure the persimmons are very ripe and soft to the touch or the flavor will be too astringent. We used Fuyu persimmons.
Scoop out the flesh of 4 persimmons.
Prepare fresh ginger juice by grating an inch knob of ginger and pressing out the juice from the pulp with your hands. Discard the pulp after pressing. The kids loved using this Asian box grater and enjoyed the zingy scent of the ginger.
Combine the Fuyu persimmon puree with:
½ cup coconut milk
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon ginger juice
Puree until smooth and pour into the cooled pie crust. Then bake at 375 for 45 - 50 minutes.
The kids were so proud of their pie! They focused with delight for over an hour in all the different processes involved.
So, sometimes parents ask us "What's with all the cooking? Is it really helping my kid learn?" To which we answer a happy hearty "YES!".
Early Childhood Education experts agree that cooking with children has innumerous benefits from laying the foundation for basic math concepts to instilling healthy eating habits.
"We believe that children learn best through play and when they are able to fully engage all of their senses.
The textures, smells, and tastes from the various ingredients provide an unmatched organic experience with an ability to enthrall, entice, and spur a sense of wonder in the children’s eyes. As educators, we foster each child’s independence and encourage the exploration of culinary creations, igniting a sense of accomplishment which provides an insatiable desire to push boundaries while we work together to create tantalizing results."
NAEYC National Association for Education of Young Children
Here's our Top Ten Benefits of Cooking with Kids:
We did a lot more activities this month besides cooking :)
Here's a few pics:
Fall Animals and Fruits with Dot Markers
Rainbow Scratch Cards
Music Class with Amanda Panda!
Calculating Speed in Mr Ben's Science Class
See you next time!
Did you know that acorns are edible? They were commonly used by Native Americans and a great source of protein and fats. It just takes a few steps to make them healthy and delicious!
Step 1 - Gather the acorns.
We collected acorns from under our beautiful Live Oak in our yard that the kids call 'Magic Tree'.
Step 2: Soak in water and remove the floaters.
Step 3: Flash boil the acorns. This helps to easily remove the shells and skins.
Step 4: After cooling, crack open the acorns with hammers, rocks, or nutcrackers and remove the nut meat.
Step 5: Boil the shelled acorns to leach out the bitter tannins. We boiled ours for 30 minutes then removed the yellow water, added fresh water and brought to boil again. After 4 boiling sessions, we tried the acorns and they were no longer bitter!
Step 6: Mash the cooked acorns and spread out onto a cookie sheet to dry out in the sun or in an oven at 200 degrees until dry and crispy.
It's really fun to play Monster Mash while you are mashing :)
Step 7: Take the dried mash and grind it into a flour.
The kids love this grain mill - they took to it with gusto!
You can make bread, muffins, pancakes and more with your acorn flour. We made chocolate chip cookies!
PS - we like these Lily's Chocolate Chips, sugar free and the kids love them!
We learned all about acorns and oak trees this month!
Sorting different varieties of acorns with tongs and chopsticks...
... then making clay puzzles with the first letter of our names!
We loved reading these books to learn more about acorns and oak trees:
Sorting acorns by size and color!
Counting acorns by 2's!
The kids were so surprised to learn that acorns sink and pumpkins float in this sink/float experiment.
Oak Leaf Rubbings!
With the leftover paper from our leaf rubbings we made recycled paper!
Decorated with Texas Red Oak leaves!
Mama Wendy made us a broom from Bur Oak leaves!
ABC walk! We are having such a lovely warm Fall. It's a great time to go out for a walk and an ABC walk helps keep the kids entertained and really noticing the world around them. On our walk through the garden we found...
...and all the way to Zombies!
Have you noticed all the beautiful butterflies on the passionflowers by the front gate?
We identified them as the Gulf Frittilary, explored with their caterpillars, and checked out some wings we found in the microscope!
See you next time!
The kids loved this zuchinni bread made with the last of our summer harvest!
In one bowl mix together all the dry ingredients:
In another bowl mix together all the wet ingredients:
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients:
Carefully pour into an oiled bread pan and bake for about 60 minutes at 350 degrees:
Slice into rectangles and enjoy with your friends!
MAKE YOUR MARK!
It's not just scribbles... mark making is an important foundation for pre-writing skills, creativity, and critical thinking.
‘Scribbles are products of a systematic investigation, rather than haphazard actions’. (John Matthews, The Art of Childhood and Adolescence: The Construction of Meaning)
Make your mark with watercolor pencils!
Make your mark with dot markers!
"This is where the clouds are going hello"
Make your mark with watercolors!
‘Children as they begin to draw and paint make an intellectual journey which has musical, linguistic, logical and mathematical as well as aesthetic aspects.’ (John Matthews, The Art of Childhood and Adolescence: The Construction of Meaning)
Make your mark with chalk!
"I wrote my name and this is my picture of me!"
Make your mark with shaving foam!
‘When children have opportunities to play with ideas in different situations and with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things.’
(The Early Years Foundation Stage)
Mark making goes beyond just crayons, markers, brushes, and pencils... make your mark with clay!
The best projects are completely child-led! Here one kiddo starts randomly crushing chalk and it quickly becomes a thriving painting project for everyone!
"I am a hunter!"
We have been practicing some fun yoga poses!
Mama Lisa donated a beautiful Alphabet Puzzle!
At circle time we have been learning clapping and musical rhythms to help remember all the names of our new friends!
At snack time we like to read socio-emotional growth books to help start our day with some good reminders. We love this book "The Story of My Feelings" by Laurie Berkner.
Watering and weeding in the garden - such sweet caretakers :)
Heavy Work! Creating ramps and building trains...
See you next time!
Want to put a creative spin on lunch? The kids loved making these 'house-wiches' with almond butter and honey sandwiches and various foodie shapes to create their own dream house!
The Construction and Architecture theme emerged so naturally this month. We were really inspired to build and create after reading these great books:
We drafted our own blue prints and used all kinds of tools and shapes to plan out our houses and buildings.
Then we used our blue prints to help us make a 3-D model of our design.
We love these Magna-Tiles!
These Tegu blocks are awesome magnetic blocks as well.
"What are you making?"
"I'm building my house and I'm making stairs that go really high."
Block challenge! Build a city using every block and train track in the schoolhouse!
Check out the article Ten Things Children Learn from Block Play by the NAEYC:
Building with popsicle sticks!
Building fairy houses!
Building models with real wood glue!
Sanding and building!
Building with Spielgaben!
Cheese and Pretzel Cubes!
Wood chopper pose!
1.Stand straight with your legs wide apart and your shoulders squared.
2.Now raise your hands above your head and clasp them as if you are holding an axe.
3.Breathe in and while exhaling, bend down with full force as if you are chopping wood. Exhale with a loud 'ha' sound.
4.Pass your hands and head in between your legs when you bend down.
5.Raise yourself to the standing position and start all over again.
This pose is great for releasing stress and a wonderful breathing exercise.
Breathing exercises are fun with this Hoberman Sphere:
We love No Stress Chess!
Got more than 2 kids? That's OK... "we can play in teams!".
See you next time!
This simple summer salad was a delightful treat. With a little prep the kids were able to help out a lot!
Slice watermelon with a crinkle knife into bite size pieces. Remember to keep both hands on the handle :)
The kids love to use this cute little strawberry slicer.
Slice kiwi circles into half moons. Such a fun and tactile way to learn about fractions and shapes!
Squeeze lime juice for a tangy dressing.
Pick a few fresh mint sprigs from the garden and crush with your hands to release the most minty taste. The kids are learning that the tender mint sprigs at the top have the sweetest flavor.
Combine your rainbow colored fruit selection in a large bowl.
Dress with fresh lime juice and crushed mint leaves.
Delicious salad kids!
We read 'The Fruits We Eat' by Gail Gibbons and learned all about how different fruits grow.
The kids designed a 'fruit forest' by showing which fruits grow on bushes, vines and trees.
This group created a collaborative 'fruit forest' poster.
Sensory Fruit Exploration!
We explored different varieties of fruit. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we included written words, punctuation, and fractions in the display.
As we were exploring we pondered these questions:
"Which fruits contain seeds?"
"Are there any fruits that do not have seeds?"
"What seeds can you eat? What seeds can you not eat?"
"Which seeds are small? Which seeds are big?"
"What seeds are soft? What seeds are big?"
The kids were excited to discover that strawberries have their seeds on the outside!
We recognized that all of the fruits have seeds!
Scientifically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant.
We explored the skin of the different fruits and practiced vocabulary words like "fuzzy", "smooth", "rough", "bumpy" etc.
Exploring on the light table allows us to see so much of the beautiful structure and variations of the different fruits!
Check out how cool these grapes are!
Magnifying glasses helped to grow our curiosity...
We enhanced our sensory experience and tried to identify the fruit through touch, smell, and taste without using our sense of sight.
"How many seeds do you guess there are in this lemon?"
We carefully counted out the seeds...
... and made a graph to compare our hypothesis and the actual amount.
Lemon and lime stamps!
Especially fun when used to decorate the letter L!
Having fun with 'fruit' colored binoculars!
Remember that fig tree we planted in December 2014?
Now we have a delicious bounty of home grown figs!
Fruit Juice and Yeast Science Experiment
What happens when you mix yeast and fruit juice on a hot day?
Step one: Put one full packet of fast rising yeast in a zip lock bag.
Step 2: Pour in one half cup of fruit juice
Step 3: Try to get most of the air out of the ziplock before closing.
Step 4: Shake the bag vigorously.
Step 5: Place in the sun.
Results: After one hour the bags filled up with gas. After two hours two bags popped and one stayed sealed.
Discussion: The yeast cells are so small that we can only see them with our microscope! The yeast cells eat up the sugar in the juice and breathe out carbon dioxide gas. The yeast is ALIVE!!!
We add the baking soda solution first.
Then we added vinegar with red food coloring.
Does the lava feel hot or cold?
It's cold!!! Its cold because the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar pulls heat from your hand. In nature volcano eruptions are not made with baking soda and vinegar! They are caused by heat and pressure from deep inside the Earth.
See you next time!
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