Kids learn the physical chemistry behind dessert.
Young scientists learn about carbonation, acids and bases, crystals, and more.
Food science is real science ? and it tastes good. What better way to get kids to take an interest in what they eat than to teach them the science behind the food? Be Amazing! Toys? Dr. Dessert does just that. The kit includes recipes and components for six amazing food recipes including chocolate cake, a bubbling beverage, fruit juice gelatin, ice cream and a sicle ring. Note that you supply the food ingredients, the kit supplies the science. Several experiments go along with each recipe building on the science principles being taught. Kids learn about polymers, acids and bases, carbonation, states of being and more.
What?s Going on in the Kitchen?
Kids begin the experiments by actually making a treat to eat. There are recipe cards with all the directions for each dessert. Once they?re done ? or while they?re waiting for it to finish its creation process ? the children can learn more about the physical properties they cooking with. They explore the world of carbon dioxide using dry ice to make the bubbling drink, and then use the dry ice to make a large bubble ?worm? grow out of a cup. Or they learn about pH properties ? the acids and bases that make the chocolate cake rise ? by testing liquids around the house with pH paper from the kit. And they learn how the gelatin dessert is similar to the polymer powders that make the fake ?snow? in the kit. The science of cooking goes beyond the kitchen.
There?s More to this Kit than Just Dessert
Dr. Dessert does more than teach kids why they like desserts. They learn some basic properties of the world around them. They learn about states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. They may be making a fruit juice sicle ring, but really they?re learning why water expands when it goes from a liquid to a solid. Or why it expands even more when it goes from a liquid to a gas. They may be growing a salt ? or sugar ? crystal creature, but they?re really learning how molecules line up to form crystal structures.
Kids will make:
- Ice cream
- A bubbly beverage
- Chocolate cake
- Jiggly juice gelatin
- Rock crystal candy
- sicle ring
- Volcano eruption
- Little lava lamp
- Crystal creatures
- Instant, colored polymer snow