Saturday, October 1, 2011

Popcorn in Milk

We started reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder this week. The pioneer days are my favorite time in history & I am a huge Little House fan. So, this is going to be a fun unit for me to explore with Capt. N.

I've got a few pioneer activities & crafts planned. But we came across a surprise experiment to try while reading Chapter 3. It says: "You can fill a glass full to the brim with milk, and fill another glass of the same size brim full of popcorn, and then you can put all the popcorn kernel by kernel into the milk, and the milk will not run over. You cannot do this with bread. Popcorn and milk are the only two things that will go into the same place." I don't remember learning this little tid bit when I read this book as a kid, but I was sure excited to read it now as an adult. The next day we tried it. And, by golly, it worked.

Our glasses full to the brim of milk and popcorn.

Kernel by kernel, Capt. N placed the popcorn into the milk.

Yep, all that popcorn fit into the glass of milk & not a drip of milk slipped out.

We had an old zucchini from the garden that we were going to feed to the chickens. I cut it up & we added it to a glass of milk to see what would happen. The milk overflowed.


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  2. Cool! We read this tonight, and are gonna try it tomorrow! We are reading Farmer Boy right now as well. I love the pioneer days and LHOTP too! :)


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