In the kitchen today…

Today we did our learning in the kitchen.  First we made play-dough, dyed it and then… well… played with it.  There are a lot of ways to make play-dough but one of my favorite recipes is:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Mix until smooth and creamy and boil until thick. 
  • Divide it into equal parts and dyed it. 

Making play-dough offered some good  teachable moments. We did some measuring and talked about things like fractions and how many 1/4 cups are in 1 cup.  The differences between liquids and solids and what causes them to change from one to the other, which incidently started a conversation and a side experiement illustrating the Trinity.  Other lessons, like what happens when an alkali and an acid mix and how baking soda is a leavening agent which reacts with other things to release carbon dioxide which helps dough rise.  We also discussed other interesting things having to do with making things ourselves, being more self reliant and not needing to buy everything.

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After our play-dough fun we got to talking about dyes and decided to make some natural dyes from things we had in the house.  We made some vegetable dyes from beets, spinach, and carrots, then dyed fabric swatches.  She also made some very nice dye painting as well.

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~ by SarahT on October 3, 2007.

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