Clearly, I have lost my ability, and desire to do Science Experiments, but this week my grandson Connor is staying with us, and being the crazy science kid that he is wanted to do a project. We talked about a lot of things , but one thing I learned is that “Bill Nye the Science Guy” is Connors hero!
Good to know…
Knowing, and being familiar with Mr. Nye gave me a pretty good idea of what I was in for. As our morning started to unfold Connor asked me if I had any potatoes. We don’t really eat potatoes, so I inquired as to what he wanted potatoes for, hoping he wasn’t going to try stuffing them into the tailpipes on our cars! Finally he whipped out his trusty laptop…the one Santa brought him last Christmas, and pulled up this potato experiment on YouTube.
Making Mud from a Potato!
So off we went to the closest grocery store to buy the biggest russet potatoes we could find. I pulled out the food processor, and started following directions on YouTube….. what do you know….It Worked! I could have bought an entire bag of potatoes, but who knew. Basically, I’m pretty sure we were working with potato starch here, but the results were intriguing.. Once it settled into the bowl it was solid, almost too hard to move around. But once the solid was picked up, it started to turn to liquid, and Connor keeps telling me...it’s edible too!
Through this entire experiment, I realized I might have lost the desire to experiment with things like potatoes, but leave it to a nine-year old to help me find the fun in science experiments!
I’m so glad I didn’t try and talk him out of doing this, even though my kitchen looks like kids have been experimenting in it, and when you think about it my inner child must have come out to play because it really was fun, and I wasn’t even worried about my kitchen!
This is pure kids fun, and I found myself loving every minute of it!