Someone’s in the Kitchen with Scienceby: Patricia K. Lowry and Judy Hale McCrary

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The kitchen is a natural source of science exploration and a great place for young children to develop and practice their science process skills. These easy-to-do activities require few materials, address the National Science Education Standards, introduce basic science processes, and cover such topics as simple chemistry and healthy eating habits. They also incorporate the use of science journals and provide art and literature connections. While these activities were done in the classroom, they also work well as home science experiences for parents to do with their children.

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  • on Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:43 AM

This excellent article uses the students’ natural interest in food and the kitchen to do several food chemistry activities. It discusses mixing colors, using journals to record observations, making food prints, choosing balanced meals, and dying fabrics. All of these activities use simple materials that are readily available.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 10:55 AM

Young children learn to explore using food found in the kitchen. More importantly they learn to record what they learned in a simple journal format. The idea that even young children can observe and record their ideas is the key to this article. Very simple activities are provided including mixing colors with gelatin. The old food pyramid is included and this would have to be updated if these ideas were incorporated today. This article provides good ideas for very young children.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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