MAKE THE LONG SUMMER DAYS FUN FOR YOUR KIDS, ENJOY SOME EDIBLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

Now that the end of this school year is visible, just over a month to go, I decided to search for some fun ways that I can do with my little ones. I wanted to try something we’ve never done before and yet something we would enjoy and have a good time doing it.

While researching things suitable for young children, I came across something I thing would be a lot of fun both for the toddlers, and also for the adults as well – Edible Science Experiments.

I like cooking and I like when my kids want to help me prepare something. I would love them to know about food as much as they need to know what they like to have and also, to not be afraid to try new things.

Because my little ones are still very little (the oldest is only 3), I can’t prepare recipes with them that would need much attention, precision and using difficult techniques for cooking. That is why I decided this summer to use the beautiful warm weather and play, but at the same time create things that we would love to eat afterwards as well.

Product: Edible Science (National Geographic Kids) Edible Science Experiments

Price: £8.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9.3/10

Product: Incredible Edibles: A Science-Flavoured Cookbook Incredible Edibles

Price: £9.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9/10

EDIBLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENT COOKBOOKS REVIEW

Both the Edible Science (National Geographic Kids) and Incredible Edibles cookbooks give many ideas how to create different thing you could eat and pretend to be a scientist while doing it.

My kids are at the age when they are very curious about the world and how things work. When I cook I try to show and explain to them what we need to do, why and what results we should get. But, as I am not very good in science, I haven’t thought about showing them something that might look even like magic to them, be delicious and not be dangerous to us. I try to use only the experiments that are suitable for my kids’ age, that are easy to do (to them and to me), that they can understand or at least enjoy, experiments that use ingredients we like to have later.

I like both books, but Incredible Edibles makes the whole experimenting experience very interesting as the book gives additional fun facts about different fruit and vegetables, meat, etc. The book seems to be inspired by a children program shown on CBBC (it says – as seen on TV), but unfortunately we have never seen it. Now that we know and love the book, I would search specifically to see whether it is still on. Hope it is!

PROs:

  • Different fun experiments that you can eat later

  • Suitable for kids and adults

  • Creates fun activities you can do in the yard when the weather is good, make sure your kids get some sunshine

  • Cook book you would love to read and try again and again

  • Easy to prepare recipes, usually don’t need a lot of ingredients or equipment

  • Make your family time enjoyable and unforgettable, make eating fun for the fussy eaters

  • Edible experiments your kids would love to show their friends as well

CONs:

  • Sometimes might get messy when trying out an experiment, but the kids would’ve learnt something useful and would’ve had a great time doing so

  • Some recipes ask for ingredients that we don’t normally have at home, but are usually easily found

  • Experimenting looks like playing with food, but kids usually after this love eating it, don’t treat it as a toy

MAKE THE SUMMER DAYS UNFORGETTABLE FOR EVERY KID IN THE FAMILY – YOUNG ONES AND GROWN UPS

Doing any experiment can be a fun way to spend your time with the people you love, especially when it is not difficult to do them and when the result is always delicious.

You can make any day special and really enjoyable by creating something together. To make things really go smoothly, involve your kids or everyone who is willing to experiment in the decision making process:

  • ask them what they would like to experiment on by showing them to choose from a few options you think are most suitable for them (and for which you have all the ingredients prepared)

  • dress the kids in a comfortable clothes that you don’t mind if they get dirty (always a risk when experimenting) 🙂

  • explain to them what the experiment is about, what they need to do and what results they should expect to see

  • let the fun part and crazy science begin

I am sure, even if things don’t work out as expected the first time round, the smiles would never leave your faces and you would talk about this for a long time to come.

Enjoy your time together and start planning what your next edible science experiment would be!

Even if you haven’t tried any of these fun-packed edible science experiments, I am sure you would find a lot of them really easy and enjoyable to do. I am presenting one of the most popular science project we did together with my little ones – created our home-made science ice-cream, the best addition to the long sunny and warm summer days. It’s a recipe that is easy to do, although small children may get tired until you get the results you need (the ice cream needs to harden and that takes time), so they would need the help of an adult who is willing to experiment as well.

Science Ice-cream

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of ice

  • ¾ cup of salt

  • 1 cup half and half cream (or use 2:1 single cream and full fat milk)

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 2 plastic bags (one smaller and one bigger), zip-locked

Preparation in 3 easy steps:

  1. In the smaller plastic bag, combine the cream, vanilla extract and sugar

  2. In the bigger plastic bag combine the ice and salt

  3. Put the well zipped smaller plastic in the bigger one, wrap it with a towel and shake it up until the cream mixture hardens

Enjoy your scientifically created ice-cream!

Other very easy to do science experiments, suitable for smaller children:

  1. How mountains are created – use Graham crackers and whipped cream to show your kids how tectonic plates move and how mountains and hills are created

  2. Grape and toothpick sculptures – create different art projects that you can enjoy for snack later

  3. Study the phases of the moon cycle using Oreo biscuits and some frosting

Conclusion: I LOVE HAVING FUN AND MAKING MY CHIDREN ENJOY THEIR TIME, DO SOME EDIBLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

I have to say that both my children and I had an incredible time creating those really easy to make grape and toothpick sculptures. We are still not very experienced in making a master-piece, but just give us some time… to train and grow a little bit.

We liked the science ice-cream we made, it was yummy not only because we used an unusual way to make it.

I am really looking forward to trying some of the other edible science experiments and have an unforgettable time together as a family. Not only that, but I love that my children would learn something in a very easy and non-intrusive way and they would remember it more easily.

I would definitely recommend to every parent, with small or grown up children, to try some of these edible science experiments. They are fun to do, most of them are really easy to try and the results are usually something to eat that even the fussy eaters won’t refuse (I am talking from my personal experience).

I hope you enjoyed my review and would find something interesting for you to make, don’t hesitate to make your and your loved ones’ days enjoyable by doing some edible science experiments that you’ve never thought could be so much fun. If you have any questions about the Edible Science (National Geographic Kids) and Incredible Edibles cookbooks, just leave me a message.

Share with me if you have ever tried doing some other edible science experiments, did you find it easy and what were the results.

Have a lovely time!

2 Comments

  1. Jyl

    Oh boy! I don’t have kids but I’d love to do some of these experiments by myself! Kids are like little sponges and experimenting with food would definitely get them interested in food and in cooking in the long term. Especially healthy cooking. Ok so they get a bit messy in the process but so do you! And you get away with it 🙂 I’d like to try the ice cream experiment 🙂

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    1. Ellie

      Hi Jyl. Every edible experiment we’ve tried at home was a hit. Both my kids and us, the grown ups, had a lot of fun and giggles.

      Making the ice-cream is very interesting and you can always add your favourite fruit and make it in your most preferred flavour.

      Have fun. Cheers

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