Science, this is not a fun subject for me. But when I am told to Eat Your Science Homework, I begin to think that Ann McCallum Books might be losing her mind! After trying this “science” out, I have a full tummy, happy kids and a new way to look at science!
What it is
With the 47 pages of this paperback book, you will find science facts, yummy recipes and new memories! Ann starts off with a couple of safety of tips to make the learning even more fun, and safe! As soon as you know how to be safe, you are able to go and have fun…er, I mean learn!
Following that, you have 6 learning and eating experiments to work on, each with a different science focus. Each “lesson” if you want to call them that, start off with some learning about what you are about to do. There are vocabulary words that you get to learn, and you can find the definition in the back if there is one that you may not understand.
Once you have learned about the science fact that you need to know, you get to eat…well, first you need to experiment, then you can eat! This is the fun part, with step by step instructions and cartoon pictures, this is geared to even the youngest in the house!
How We Used It
Oh, if my kids were in control, we would have spent a whole day doing science as soon as we got the book! They were loving the ideas, and wanted to do everything! We took it one thing at a time though…for mom’s sanity!
Mommy decided we wanted to learn about Density. Learning about Density Dressing and Veggie Sticks. It was fun to hear Moe Man do our reading out loud, and being able to quickly review what we were about to work on learning. After that, we were ready for fun!
Everyone took turns talking about they thought would happen as mom would add a new ingredient to the cup. (Note to self: do not use green food coloring when your other colors are yellow and brown!) The kids had fun talking about the density of items and how it was “cool” to see the layers.
Now came the real science part…they had to eat what they made! This was not a well-accepted idea by any of the kids, but once they had the courage, they wouldn’t stop eating their science homework!! We were able to eat and talk about what we learned after the lesson. Ann gave other ideas of liquids to test the density of at the end of the lesson, and the kids were having fun making their hypothesis and trying it out. Who would have thought that density would be fun…and tasty!
What We Thought
There is no mistaking that the kids loved this book! We may have only talked about one, mommy forgot the camera on the others…oops, but we had fun with atomic popcorn balls and Loop, Whorl and Arch cookies…although those were a lot less scary to try than the density dressing!
The kids loved the short lessons, and the fun pictures within the book. The recipes were easy enough and made for a fun time for everyone…heck, even clean-up was easy! (My biggest fear of science experiments!) Mommy loved that the lessons were fun and educational, I didn’t have to force them to learn! The book is also made so that it lays open when you are busy working…no need to have items sitting on it and the fear of losing your spot!
All in all, we loved the book, the experiments and the fun! This was a fun way to add hands on (and in the mouth) to the lessons! It is not every day that you have that kind of a chance!