We were treated to three “Science in the Kitchen” activities during 4-H Science Camp last week. All three were tasty and fun and served different educational purposes. This first one is a great at-home too-hot-to-play-outside-today-Mommy! activity.
Fruit building construction: a bowl of grapes and apple slices + a limited number of toothpicks – the fruit and toothpicks were given out in intervals and the children were instructed to simply “build.” This was a great exploratory activity that required little prep, very little instruction, and little time (about 30 minutes). The children had fun building – some made clever creations (a hermit crab), others took the building theme literally and built multi-level fruit housing (for fruit flies and other diminutive tenants). This could also serve as a great introductory lesson for a more comprehensive introduction to engineering program. Watching and learning from each other in between stabbing grapes and shoving a defective apple in your mouth really filled out this learning while snacking opportunity.