I'm a fan of Steve Spangler. I love his science experiments. They are wacky, easy, and very educational. I will preface this post by saying we follow the Sonlight science curriculum and supplement with Magic School Bus books/videos, etc..., but this week I just felt like doing something random and fun - turns out those are usually the things the kids remember and learn the most from.
This color changing milk experiment only required a few things: milk, food coloring, cotton swabs, and dish soap. I had all of those things on hand already, so we were set. To prepare, I watched this video:
I gathered the supplies:
Next, we changed one variable (the type of liquid) and used 2% milk. It worked, but not quite as well as with the whole milk.
Finally, we changed the same variable again and used water. It didn't work at all!
- making predictions
- changing just ONE variable (this was our liquid)
- drawing conclusions
Each day we educate at home I can see the spark in my children's eyes get brighter, and they are becoming more self-motivated. Activities like this one foster their love of learning and curiosity.