By Lillian Chen, Intern Assistant
June is quickly approaching and with that comes sounds of freedom and crashing waves, the smell of hamburgers and barbecue, and the cool taste of ice cream and dripping popsicles. What else than SUMMER can excite a child more?
So in the month of May, the last frontier before school ends and textbooks are hidden in dusty corners, before the water cycle and algebra concepts are tucked comfortably in the back of the mind, students have a hard time concentrating on their studies. In fact, the days drag on longer and the hours tick by more slowly.
You might be wondering, “How can I keep my child still interested in learning?” With a touch of summer fun, some magic and great stories, Oobleck, Slime, and Dancing Spaghetti is the perfect answer! With twenty easy, at-home science experiments, this book teaches children the fascinating aspects of polymers, natural dyes, non-Newtonian fluids, yeast and more! Not only do you learn about scientific properties, but you also learn about the favorite children’s books that inspired each one of the experiments.
For an exciting kick-off to summer in the hot Houston weather, try out Oliver’s Milk Shake Experiment. Start off by reading Oliver’s Milkshake by Vivian French and join Oliver as he learns about where his food actually comes from – the farm! In this experiment, your child will learn about the difference between store-bought and raw milk. On top of that, your child will be able blow bubbles (oh, no!) in his milk to see how its fat content affects the bubbles! Prepare for a frothy situation!
To do this experiment, first make a hypothesis: Does milk fat affect how many bubbles are produced in milk? Do you think whole milk or skim milk will produce more bubbles? Why?
|You’ll need in this experiment:
½ cup whole milk
1. Label one cup “whole” and the other “skim” with your marking pen
8. Switch the two cups’ positions, so if the skim started on the left side, you move it to the right side, and so forth.
Don’t stop there! After finishing the experiment, gather some fruits such as peaches, mangoes, strawberries and pineapple and blend it up to conduct a taste test.
Or just sip away and enjoy the “fruit of knowledge” and the fresh coolness of a yummy smoothie! It’ll be “udderly” delicious.
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