Miss Manners would surely disagree with the title of this post. I believe she’s on record as being against playing with your food. However, experimenting with food is a fun way for kids (and adults) to learn about science. Now, I’m not talking about food fights or lobbing handfuls of mashed potatoes across the dinner table. (Unless you’re studying the trajectory of those mashed potatoes, but that’s not the kind of experiment we’re interested in here.) Check out the following books for lots of great experiments and recipes for kids to try on their own or with adult supervision.
More Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb: Experiments with food demonstrate various scientific principles and produce eatable results. Includes beef jerky, cottage cheese, synthetic cola, and pudding.
The Science Chef: 100 fun food experiments and recipes for kids by Joan D’Amico and Karen Eich Drummond: Can one bad apple really spoil the whole bunch? Why does popcorn pop? Lots of fun recipes and experiments.
The Science Chef Travels Around the World: fun food experiments and recipes for kids by Joan D’Amico and Karen Eich Drummon: Introduces fourteen countries, including Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, describes an experiment related to some basic food ingredient typical for each country, and provides a recipe for a complete meal based on each food.
Everyday Science Experiments in the Kitchen by John Daniel Hartzog: Provides experiments that explore scientific phenomena occurring in the kitchen.