Food is one of the least expensive and most entertaining ways to teach kids about the world around them. As a grown-up who’s spent a fair amount of time exploring the world with kids, I can attest to the fact that some tricks never lose their magic. Kiwi Crate has a wide range of detailed, photographed DIY instructions for some of those classic projects that never fail to entertain kids and grown-ups alike. These are just two of my all-time favorites.
If you haven’t experienced the joy of non-Newtonian fluids by playing with a suspension of cornstarch in water, you’re missing out on some impressive kitchen “magic.” Adding food coloring isn’t necessary to see the principles at work, but if you’re going to get your hands in for a good mess, why not go all in?
How do plants draw water from the ground? Capillary action! What does this look like? There’s no easier way to see this in process than using water, food coloring and a little bit of time to tint the leaves on a stalk of celery.
Looking for more awesome kitchen science? Stop by every Wednesday this April for more fantastic projects, and don’t miss out on the earlier articles!