How to Turn Cooking With Your Kids Into a Science Experiment

Are you looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your kids? Look no further than your kitchen! For children, cooking can be a great way to build confidence, learn healthy habits, and become an adventurous eater. 

Cooking with your children is a great way to bond and create lasting memories. But did you know that it can also be a science experiment? By incorporating simple experiments into your cooking sessions, you can teach your kids about the chemistry behind cooking. In this article, we’ll explore five fun and educational experiments that I have done with my children that I know you will love. So, put on your aprons and get ready to turn cooking with your kids into a scientific adventure!

Experiment #1 – Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction

One of the easiest experiments to do with your kids is the baking soda and vinegar reaction. This classic chemical reaction is not only fun to watch but also an excellent way to explain the science behind it.

What you need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring

How to do activity: To get started, mix a few drops of food coloring into the vinegar and pour it into a container. Then, add a few tablespoons of baking soda and watch the reaction happen! The baking soda reacts with the vinegar, producing carbon dioxide gas, which causes the mixture to bubble and fizz.

Why does it do this: This reaction happens because vinegar is an acid, and baking soda is a base. When the two mix, they create a chemical reaction that releases carbon dioxide gas. This gas bubbles up and causes the mixture to expand, leading to the fizzy reaction.

As you and your kids observe this experiment, you can talk about the science behind it and explain the concepts of acids and bases. You can also discuss how this chemical reaction is used in cooking, such as in making bread rise. With this experiment, you can lay the foundation for more complicated experiments and introduce your kids to the wonders of science through the kitchen.

If you love this activity check out how my son and I made a volcano explosion using legos.

Experiment #2: Butter Making

For another exciting kitchen experiment, try making butter with your kids. It’s a great way to introduce them to the concept of emulsions and the transformation of liquids to solids.

What you need:

  • Heavy cream
  • Mason jar

How to do activity: Pour the heavy cream into the jar and shake it vigorously until it turns into butter. As your kids shake the jar, they can observe how the cream gradually thickens and separates into butter and buttermilk.

This experiment is a perfect opportunity to discuss the science behind it, like how the agitation of the cream separates the fat molecules from the liquid molecules. You can also talk about the different types of butter and how they are used in cooking and baking.

Experiment #3 Making Poop

It’s time to move on to a more unconventional experiment: making poop! This might seem like a strange activity, but it’s actually a great way to teach your kids about the digestive system and the importance of eating a balanced diet.

What you need:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Flour
  • Cocoa mix
  • Pretzel or stick vegetable for base

How to do activity: Have kids mix the ingredients together in a large bowl to simulate the process of digestion. Then have them lay out on plate to represent poop. it is silly but a fun way to spend some time talking about our digestive system.

It’s an incredibly effective way to help your kids understand the importance of a balanced diet and how our bodies process the food we eat. Plus, it’s sure to bring a lot of laughs and giggles along the way!

Incorporating simple science experiments into your cooking sessions with your kids transforms a mundane task into an exciting adventure. As we’ve learned, baking soda and vinegar reactions, making butter and even making poop can teach your children about the chemistry behind cooking. By sparking curiosity and encouraging exploration, you can help your child gain a deeper understanding of the science behind the food they eat. So, get started today and let the fun and learning begin!

As Albert Einstein famously said, “I have no special talent, but I am passionately curious,” and that’s exactly what we want to instill in our kids.

Cooking is like a one-size-fits-all t-shirt; anybody can get into it. Cooking can be fun and beneficial for all ages.

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Enjoy every minute being a mom and continue to inspire your kids!

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Jodi Carlson is a mother of 2 children, wife, and a full time product owner at a large Insurance company. She is a mom just trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. She shares countless tips and tricks of things she has experienced first hand with her kids. As she continues to guide and teach them to become caring, sensible and responsible human beings, all while working a full time job, maintaining a home and some how still allowing for some personal time and growth. Are you a Girl Scout Leader? Along with Mom Connecting Moms, she shares her 25+ years of Girl Scout experience over at Leader Connecting Leaders , there she shares ideas and resources to help leaders who are inspiring girl leaders of tomorrow plan their troop meetings. Check out Leader Connecting Leaders .