Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oh What Do You Do in the Summertime?... Experiment!

Today, my kids and I turned our kitchen into a lab.

We got out the air popcorn popper and poured in 1/2 c. of popcorn, as usual. Only--this time--I didn't put the top on. I asked my kids, as they watched the popcorn spinning in circles, what they thought would happen. We talked about what normally happens: the popcorn comes down the chute and into the bowl. But with the open top, which way would it go? How would we catch it in our bowl? When the popcorn started popping, my kids went wild as they watched it spilling over the sides, and, as it got emptier, flying up into the air. Then we talked about if our guesses were right. We scooped the popcorn off the clean cupboard and into a bowl, and just swept up and threw away any that got on the floor.

Next up? Vinegar and baking soda....


  1. What a cool mom you are! Can I send my kids to your house for the summer?:}
    Thanks for being the first 'follower' on my new blog.

  2. We used to do this all the time as kids. WE'd put the popper in the middle of a blanket, turn it on and try to catch the popcorn in our mouths. In retrospect, we're lucky we didn't burn ourselves, but it was fun. :)