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Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Lab Series) Flexibound – September 15, 2014
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- dishwashing liquid or liquid hand soap
- cotton swabs
- liquid food coloring
Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Tie-Dye Milk
You’ll be amazed as you watch the forces of surface tension at work in this colorful experiment.
Imagine that surface of liquids is a stretched elastic skin, like the surface of a balloon full of air. The scientific name for the way the “skin” of a liquid holds together is surface tension. When the skin of the liquid is broken by detergent, food coloring and milk move and swirl around in interesting patterns on the milk’s surface.
Step 1: Add enough milk to cover the bottom of the dish. The experiment works best with a thin layer of milk.
Step 2: In the small cup or bowl, mix together three teaspoons of water and one teaspoon of liquid dish detergent or liquid hand soap. Some detergents may work better than others.
Step 3: Put several drops of different colored food coloring into the milk. Space them out in the milk so you can see what happens when you break the surface tension.
Step 4: Dip a cotton swab into the dish-soap mixture and then touch the wet swab to the milk. Don’t stir! The detergent will break the surface tension of the milk and the food coloring will swirl around as if by magic.
Step 5: You can keep re-wetting your cotton swab with soapy water and touching it to the milk. Sometimes it works to touch the swab to the bottom of the plate and hold it there for a few seconds.
"Known to most as The Kitchen Pantry Scientist, LizHeinecke is an avid blogger, NASA Earth Ambassador, Bacteriologist and former medical researcher. But to her three children, she's just known as "mom" â?¬â? an enthusiastic and curious parent who loves to have as much fun with science as they do." - A Bullseye View, the blog for Target
"While technically not a cookbook (although it does have edible electromagnetic waves), this book celebrates the kitchen and food as a source of science magic... If you have kids, or just are a kid, this book is a must-have." - Minneapolis City Pages
"Heinecke takes kids - and their parents - through the step-by-step process of scientific method, with easy-to-follow instructions and photos." - Omaha World-Herald
About the Author
Liz Lee Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly.
After working in molecular biology research for ten years and getting her master’s degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, journaling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website.
Her desire to spread her enthusiasm for science to others soon led to a regular segment on her local NBC affiliate, an opportunity to serve as an Earth Ambassador for NASA, and the creation of an iPhone app, with the goal of making it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own.
You can find her at home in Minnesota, wrangling her kids, writing for her website, updating the KidScience app, teaching microbiology to nursing students, singing, playing banjo, painting, running, and doing almost anything else to avoid housework.
Liz graduated from Luther College and received her master’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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Here is a list of the sections:
Unit 1-Carbonated Chemical Reactions
Unit 2 Crystal Creations
Unit 3 Physics in Motion
Unit 4 Life Science
Unit 5 Astonishing Liquids
Unit 6 Polymers, Colloids & Misbehaving Materials
Unit 7 Acids & Basis
Unit 8 Marvelous Microbiology
Unit 9 Shocking Science
Unit 10 Bodacious Botany
Unit 11 Sunny Science
Unit 12 Rocket Science
The projects are so much fun. For example, in the section called "Acids and Bases" which has a fun project called "Acid Oceanification Experiment" that teaches the children how to visualize acidification by carbon dioxide. It is an easy to follow experiment that teaches simple science in a fun participatory manner.
Additionally, Each Section is color-coded and that informs the reader about Protocols, the Science behind the experiment, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to do the experiment. I was also grateful that the author included Safety tips with each experiment. As a parent who homeschools, I think this book is a great way for kids to enjoy science through some fun and easy experiments.