But I have to confess that it is all too easy to get the workbooks out in place of setting up a practical activity. During half-term week whilst most school-kids were having a break from school, mine were busy in the kitchen trying out some home-made science experiments.
Well the weather was rubbish that week, so by getting a bit of work done then, it has freed us up to enjoy the sunny weather we had last week instead.
A while ago a homeschooling friend of ours had successfully made some litmus paper using red cabbage, so we decided to give it a try. Whilst trying to find instructions online of how to do it, I stumbled across a fantastic blog called The Kitchen Pantry Scientist. I found instructions on how to make the litmus paper and off we went.
We boiled some red cabbage and strained it and kept the water.
Next we dunked in cut up strips of kitchen towel and then laid them out to dry.
Once dry, we got testing!
We tried out orange juice, lemon juice, milk, vinegar, toothpaste, soap, and bicarb.
The more reddish/pink it turned the more acidic and the more bluey/green it turned the more alkaline it was.
The boys really enjoyed doing this and I had fun too!