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Believe it or not, the seasons are changing and as we enter the fall season we are greeted with lots of ripe apples grown locally here in California! So today in honor of these marvelous fruits, we are going to get stretch and flex our thinking muscles and get creative on how we can play with our food. Ages 4 and up!
(Inspiration taken from this site)
What you’ll need: apples! toothpicks, a knife and adult supervision
Here’s How: Have an adult help cut up pieces of apples to little chunks of varying sizes. Use these apple pieces to help connect toothpicks together as you build a toothpick tower creation! Questions: How can you get it to balance? How many apple pieces do you end up using? How many toothpicks? Is it easier or harder than you thought to keep a structure from falling over?
With an intro to chemistry we are looking at the way different materials react with one another and how these reactions change under different conditions. In this case we are watching what happens when you take a liquid (acid/vinegar) and a solid (base/baking soda) and combine it to make a chemical reaction which turns into carbon dioxide.
What You’ll Need: An apple, vinegar, baking soda, a container to catch the fizz, a knife and an adult to help. (you can also add a little food coloring and dish soap for different effects)
- With help from an adult, carefully carve out the middle of the apple about halfway down without breaking through the sides.
- Next spoon in a small amount of baking soda
- Then, with help, pour in a small amount of vinegar until you see your volcano overflow!
Questions: What happens when you add food coloring or dish soap to your mixture?
Does an apple float? Yep, it is buoyant because it contains air and is less dense than water. With this information, let’s play around with floating apples in the water.
What you’ll need: apples, toothpicks, paper and scissors
Here’s How: Experiment with cutting different apple shapes and sail shapes to see which floats better. Can you get the wind to move your boat in water?
What You’ll need: an apple, paint, paper, a knife and an adult to help.
Here’s How: With help from an adult- cut an apple in half either length wise or width, use the inside of the apple as your stamp shape by dipping it into a small amount of paint and then pressing down on paper. You can continue adding to your images by painting more- you can also experiment with the different shapes- what does it look like cut in half one way versus the other direction? If you are older or with help from an adult you can also carve into the apple to create other stamp shapes.
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