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Frankencheese and weird science for kids

November 6, 2015

science for kids

Scientist Bill has been to the kids’ school a couple of times in the past few months and Kiks is vaguely interested, but D Man is enthralled.

Over dinner, he explains how they made plastic cheese, squishy eggs and various other ‘speriments and his little head lights up like the house down the street that really goes gangbusters for Christmas lights.

When he asked if we could do some science (can’t help but sing “science, science, science, weird science” after I say it) I was worried it was a bit similar to craft for the likes of me. I’ve made no secret that I am not craft mum. The mess, the glue, the shitty bits of cut out paper everywhere, rogue feathers and buttons stuck in cracks and crevasses they shouldn’t be. Not to mention the quandary of what to do with the actual “art” they create and give you with such earnest love.

I know, I suck. I’ve made peace with it.

I am pleasantly surprised to inform you that science is actually more like cooking, which I’m fond of, except it’s making revolting things that you wouldn’t let your dog eat if it was starving.

I have no idea what plastic cheese actually is. I think of cheese slices in plastic which my mum always referred to as plastic cheese. I assumed it was because it was wrapped in plastic like Laura Palmer, but now as a mum I know it’s because it’s actually Frankencheese and not really nutritious at all. I did so enjoy a cheese slice in my youth.

I googled plastic cheese experiment but I was no closer to the answer, so I googled squishy egg experiment and it actually looked like something I could do with barely any effort or ingredients and still come out looking like a fun and awesome mother.

science for kids

Any idiot can do this one….although I may have broken one.

So, I took –

  • 2 eggs (because I have two children, but you can do whatevers)
  • white vinegar

Put the eggs in a bowl, clear is better so you can watch the ‘mazing ‘speriment and ignore it for a day. I’d talked this up a lot, and I didn’t realise it took so long because apparently Scientist Bill did it in the space of his science show, but now I know that he prepared one earlier.

Eggs are looking like they have some kind of disorder. It seems the outer layer in melting or something and it’s leaving an eggy film on the top.

I stopped reading what was supposed to happen about here and we watched the leperous egg all day, and it was like the vinegar was dissolving the shell. Totes amazeballs, except for the egg scum on the top. Won’t be reusing the vinegar; not into protein that badly.

D Man tried to get me to scrape off the remainder of the shell so just the sack was left and my sausage hands burst it. We’ll leave the other over night and see what happens.

Because that’s what a real scientist would do.

The kids felt ripped off at having to wait a whole day for results so I quickly whacked out another ‘speriment so I didn’t lose an iota of  science-loving parent status that my children were lovingly bestowing upon me.

science for kids

You need –

  • a flat dish, again glass is best for viewing purposes
  • 1cm milk, room temp best
  • food colouring
  • dish washing liquid

Stick the milk in the dish. Add a drop of food colouring on each side. Not much, just a drop, and keep them well away from each other.

Plop a drop of dish washing liquid in the middle and see what it does. Or just watch this video and put the milk in your tea like a normal person.

 

Food photographer in the making. He'll be standing on the counter in no time.

Food photographer in the making. He’ll be standing on the counter in no time.

 

We did it twice, with different colours, and then kept adding both detergent and colouring just to see what happened.

Because that’s what real scientists would do, folks.

science for kids

 

 Do you do science stuff too? Tell me about your ‘speriments. I’m hooked!

 

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