One day my son and I were watching the Temperature Investigation episode of Sid the Science Kid cartoon. Cory was two-years-old the first time he watched it. After the episode ended, we decided to do the science experiment showcased on the cartoon. My son learned a lot about thermometers and temperature change during this activity.
Fall is coming soon and our children will witness a drop in temperature. Do this simple experiment at home to help your child learn about temperature changes in nature. I am pretty sure you have all the materials in your kitchen.
Let’s Get Started!
- Portable Thermometer
- Bowl (2)
- Hot Water
- Instant Pack of Grits or Oatmeal
- Put ice in the bowl
- Put the thermometer in the ice
- Open the instant grits or oatmeal packet.
- Pour the ingredients from the packet in a second bowl.
- Pour hot water in the bowl and stir to mix.
- Put the thermometer in bowl.
- You will see the temperature on the thermometer go up.
- Try putting ice in the bowl of grits or oatmeal and observe what happens to the temperature.
- Hint: It should decrease.
Watch the video below to see our experiment.
Have fun with this activity!
Explain to your child how a real thermometer works
- Thermometers usually have alcohol in them.
- The alcohol changes its size in the thermometer which causes the temperature to increase or decrease.