Friday, 3 April 2020

Blogging From A to Z Challenge: C is for Chemistry

Happy Friday! I know, the days all kind of blend into one another right now, don't they? That's what my dad says too. But because I'm participating in the annual Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I kind of have to know what day it is...the blogs don't post on Sundays.

In case you missed it, my theme this year is 26 Super Fun Learning Activities You Can Do From Home. That's right, I'm conjuring up 26 "educational" ideas to keep you busy while you're safe at home.

On Wednesday, I wrote about Art for the letter A, and yesterday, B was for Baking. It could have been for bread too, since we made four loaves of it! Anyway, feel free to check out those posts if you're behind. And of course, share your baking or art pics anytime in the comments.

Ready for "C?" Me too!

C is for Chemistry

Science is one of my favourite classes, along with Language Arts, of course. I'm fascinated by chemistry—like how when you mix yeast with water, it goes all frothy, and somehow, that is what makes bread dough rise.

We did enough baking yesterday to feed the neighbourhood—okay, not quite, but we did hand out cookie packages, along with muffins, buns, bread, and biscuits. Mom says she'd love to see my sister and I do something a little less messy today...

I tried! But, then I found all these great chemistry ideas, and well, I think Amelia and I will be practicing our cleaning <ha! another "C" word> skills after we have some more fun in the kitchen.

Check out these five ideas I dug up:

1. Slime! There are a bunch of ways to make slime, but I found this link, which has a couple of different recipes depending on what you have in the house. Amelia and I have made slime before—usually around Halloween—but if we have the stuff, I'll probably make it again. It's fun!

2. Baking soda volcano. Yeah, this one might be messy. Whether you spend all day building your volcano, or simplify things for a quick eruption, this popular science experiment demonstrates an acid-base reaction. Dad says we could probably build a volcano out of papier-mâché, paint it, and then do the science experiment...I'm giving it serious consideration since it's freezing outside. Here's a link with directions.

3.  Invisible ink. I love this one—it's like something out of a spy novel! And it's pretty easy too. You just need a bit of milk, a toothpick, paintbrush, or other makeshift writing utensil, a piece of paper, and a light. Check it out.

4. Density column. When you see liquids stack on top of each other in layers, it's because they have different densities from each other and don't mix well together—like canola oil and water. It may not sound very interesting, but when you add food colouring to some of the layers, it's really neat to look at. Here's an example, and the list of ingredients you need.

5. Ivory soap in the microwave. Mom says she doesn't mind this experiment, because it will leave the kitchen smelling soapy. I've never tried it before, but apparently, you can turn a bar of soap into the consistency of shaving cream in the microwave. Now that sounds like fun chemistry! Here are the directions.

There are hundreds of ideas on the internet—check out Pinterest!—but these five sound like a good start. Who knows, maybe we'll get through all of them.

It's Friday Family night (well, every night is family night these days), and we're going to watch a movie. It's not exactly chemistry, but we'll be making some popcorn too. You can find all kinds of popcorn recipes on the internet, but we're going to try this Taco-Favoured popcorn Mom found the recipe for on this canola recipe site. Tummy!

Gotta jet! Happy science-ing! See you tomorrow for the letter "D."

~ Chase Superman Duffy

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