Did you read that right? Yes you did! My children have been eating their science homework and loving it! Eat Your Science Homework by Ann McCallum Books grabs the attention of children as well, and they learn as they cook and bake along.
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I knew from the moment I saw this book come up for a Crew review, that my children would love it. In fact, I didn’t even tell them about it in case we weren’t chosen for the review – I just didn’t want to deal with the atomic fallout if that had happened! Fortunately, we were chosen, and the kids have been cooking up a storm ever since.
Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds is a full-colour book with fun illustrations by Leeza Hernandez. The book contains 6 recipes in addition to the Scientific Method, Safety in The Lab, Science Review, the Glossary, and Index:
- Atomic Popcorn Balls
- Density Dressing and Veggie Sticks
- Invisible Ink Snack Pockets
- Loop, Whorl, and Arch Cookies
- Sedimentary Pizza Lasagna
- Black Hole Swallow-Ups
lesson recipe begins with some background information presented in a fun and relevant manner. After the recipes there is further information and extra things to take understanding further.
So far, we’ve already made 4 of the recipes. Tristan is allergic to dairy products so I’m researching alternatives available in the area. Otherwise, we’d have had them all completed.
We started with some Density Dressing for an afternoon snack. Tristan read the recipe and then he and Kallista set to work cutting vegetables and mixing up the ingredients. They weren’t quite sure about the end result but they did learn about density, which is something I’ve been wanting to do with them. Phil on the other hand, enjoyed the dip.
Next up were some Atomic Popcorn Balls. Phil helped out with these (I love when Phil can get involved in the children’s education). They were a nice twist on our usual popcorn and movie night. Kallista said this was her favourite ‘experiment’ because of the colours and flavours (I do believe she has a sweet tooth).
The children are a little young yet for the table of elements, but that means we can do this experiment again in the future. I’m sure they won’t mind!
Another week had gone by and it was time for movie night again. This week the children made Sedimentary Pizza Lasagna. It was delicious, and we had enough left over for another night.
We compared the layers of the lasagna to some layers of the earth we can see down by the sea where there’s some erosion.
The most recent experiment was another collaboration with Phil; Invisible Ink Pizza Pockets. To be honest, Phil and Kallista were so carried away making their own crust they forgot they were supposed to be making pockets! So another batch of dough was made for the children to make some ‘pockets’ as well. They were the perfect lunch to come home to after a morning on the train for the children to get their ‘flu dose.
They had fun being creative with their invisible ink, and that made it easy to tell which pocket belonged to which child when they came out of the oven.
The 48 page book is geared for children between the ages of 7 – 10. My children are 5 & 7, and they both enjoyed it, although we will definitely be returning to it again and again in the future so that they may get a better understanding of the science portion of the activities. I also think that they’ll be using it as a recipe book as well, so it serves a dual-purpose.
What would we change about this book? After first going through it, they pointed out that there should be more healthy recipes included, as most of the ones inside are considered treats for us. Imagine that – having learning about science become a treat!
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