There's been more kitchen science than usual going on around here. I blame the nasty weather and Westley's sudden interest in "doing science." I think it started in earnest at the Seattle Aquarium on New Year's day. The aquarists did a side-by-side dissection of a rockfish and a salmon to show the differences between the two. Afterwards, children (and adults) were invited to don a latex glove and inspect the fish and their organs. Westley was the first child to touch the fish innards and the last to leave.
This week I decided to introduce something a little easier (and more vegan) that I really enjoyed playing with in preschool: oobleck.
If you've never made oobleck, or even if you have, and you have cornstarch in your pantry, I suggest you whip up a batch of this stuff as soon as possible. It's easier and (in my opinion) more fun than homemade play-dough, and it's really cool.
Oobleck is simply 1 part water to 1.5-2 parts corn starch. Food coloring is optional, but a fun addition. I mixed up four little bowls of oobleck and let Westley choose the colors. We moved our "kitchen science" to the bathroom, so Westley could paint his masterpiece in non-Newtonian fluid.
We followed up this art-and-science project with a nice long bubble bath. Fun afternoon indoors, QED.