Week at a Glance:
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler
- DIY Quicksand Science with Photo Directions
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler
Why we love this book:
I am going to pick up where we left off before the Christmas Holidays. The Holiday season was a blur for me but I finally think I’m beginning to get back on track. (As much on track as I can be!) In December, I introduced our new favorite science book Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes and our Easy Homemade Gak Experiment. Teacher Steve Spangler is a science experiment sensation.
After doing a bunch of research, we checked out both of Mr. Spangler’s science experiment books from our local library. Mr. Spangler is a science teacher who turns science time into a hands-on, incredibly fun time. I like the Naked Eggs version because it has clear step-by-step directions with photos. Each science experiment also includes an in-depth kid friendly science explanation. My kids love this book so much that I gifted it to MacGyver for Christmas. My kids actually cheered when the book was unwrapped Christmas morning.
When it is science experiment week, my kiddos peruse the experiments in the book and pick one, making a list of the supplies we need. You’ll have most of the supplies at home and the others can be found at the grocery store. I prefer Mr. Spangler’s first book as the experiments are fairly easy and don’t require unusual supplies. His second book is very cool, but the experiments are a bit more involved. Now that the chaos of the Holidays is over, I’m back to sharing some of the experiments we have enjoyed.
DIY Quicksand Science Fun
- Corn Starch (16 oz. box)
- mixing bowl
- cookie sheet, large pan or tray
- 2 cups water
- food coloring optional
Step 1: Mix Corn Starch and Water
- Add about 4 ounces of corn starch to mixing bowl.
- Slowly add about 1/2 cup of water.
- Use a spoon to mix or have more fun and dig right in with your hands.
- Continue adding corn starch and water in small amounts until the mixture is the consistency of honey.
- You’ll mix roughly one box of cornstarch with 1 to 2 cups of water.
Step 2: Sink Your Hand into the Quicksand
- Sink your hand into the quicksand, moving it slowly and very quickly. What happens?
- Sink your entire hand into the quicksand and try pulling it out. How does it feel? That is the sensation of the quicksand?
- Drop in a small plastic animal and try to pull it out. Is it easy or hard to remove?
Step 3: Pour the Mixture onto a Tray
- Put your hands in the mixture and try to move them around. What happens?
- Move them slowly and move them quickly. What happens?
Step 4: Roll the Mixture Between Your Hands
- Try to pick up the mixture with your hands. What happens?
- Roll the mixture between your hands. What happens?
- Put the mixture in your flat palm. What happens?
“The cornstarch-water mixture, and real quicksand, are both examples of non-Newtonian fluids because their viscosity changes when stress or force is applied, not when heat is applied.” *Steve Spangler
Step 5: Experiment, Play and Have Fun!
- The kids added all kinds of plastic toys to experiment with their quicksand mixture.
- Hint, hint . . . this will keep your kids occupied for a long time!
- This quicksand goo is great for this time of year when everyone is trapped indoors.
- You can store the mixture in a plastic Ziploc or bowl with lid.
Step 6: Record Your Findings
- My kids each have a little science journal where they record their experiments and what they’ve learned.
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler
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Have you ever seen real quicksand? Just curious. I don’t know anyone who’s ever experienced real quicksand. But I have seen it in the movies. Does that count? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, February 9, 2015. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
*Disclaimer . . . I am sick today . . . so if any part of this post sounds like I’m hallucinating . . . I just might be . . .
*Update . . . I have the flu . . . wish I had just been hallucinating this flu stuff stinks!
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