Cooking is a beautiful tool to teach children science. Science can be a tricky business, especially because science is about to see, experience and experiment. Without these, it is difficult to assess why things happen the way they happen.
The best way to reflect how to teach science to cooking or while cooking is by using an example. Here are three science questions to show how cooking can be easy tool to teach basic science principles that perhaps science lab could make it look like just another attempt.
Mr. Class butter cake plans to bake butter cake. Which of the following do you think is a science question could be investigated while baking a cake? (A) to measure the amount of flour and sugar? (B) mixing and beat the dough? (C) Not butter cakes require baking powder to rise? (D) How much does it cost to make 2 butter cookies? The answer is C. We need baking soda to make the cake rise. Commentary: How does baking powder work? How does baking powder make the cake rise? baking produces carbon dioxide . Carbon dioxide is a gas that will ‘push’ batter side-ways and up. They raise baked goods. Flat biscuit does not look very tempting! baking powder contains both baking soda and dry acidic materials. Generally, 1 teaspoon of baking powder can be used for 1 cup of flour to help the cake rise.
This question is for our senses. It is about looking, taste, smell and feeling
Vinegar -. Colorless, Sour, Wine, vot – Liquid
Olive Oil – Yellow, No Taste, Wine, Oily – Liquid
Lemonade – colorless, Sweet, Lemons, vot – Liquid
soda – White, Bitter, no smell, powders
What sense Ann allows it to analyze the baking soda made of other materials?
Answer: Sight, Taste, Touch
Note: Children in grades first learn about their senses and what they mean. Teachers would teach them about the 5 senses – Sight, Smell, Touch, Taste and Hear and would love to different questions to make children understand what they mean. In the kitchen, this is to live. All of the above materials and more are available in the kitchen. Do children smell, touch, look and taste. Maybe for the older kids, say the nervous system and how the information is sent to the brain.
Anna would like to drink tea. She begins by boiling water. Describe what happens to water when it boils it? What if Anna puts metal finished above a pot of boiling water
Answer: Water with the broth becomes steam. Spray is invisible or colorless and tasteless. But when you put the metal cap into the boiling pot of water, steam will water again. The method is called evaporation and condensation.
process liquid turning into a gas called evaporating
The process gas turning into liquid is called condensation
Similarly, many of the daily operations of cooking is really about science. You can turn your kitchen into a laboratory and the best part is that the kids will not know it. They are to learn as much in the kitchen and parents to help children remember better by allowing them to experience and see how science works in real life. Teaching children while cooking presents a great opportunity to teach education plus there is an added bonus. Kids and parents bond and build memories.