Explosions and mess

29 Oct

In the interests of both cupboard clearing and home science lessons, we’ve been making a mess with cooking ingredients.  Very useful on the cupboard clearing front, possibly not so much on the science front.  Why does cornflour go so strange when you add water?

We’ve mixed bicarbonate of soda with lime juice to create a fizzy, volcanic, mess.  Which apparently tastes “quite nice”.  But this is from the child who liked vomit flavoured jelly beans.  Yes, really.

We’ve made gloop with cornflour and spread it all over ourselves and the kitchen floor.  It really is odd stuff, but it kept a large number of children amused for at least 10 minutes, so it’s not to be sniffed at.  As long as you remember to throw it in the bin and not pour it down the sink where it’ll block your u-bend, you’ll be fine.

The highlight of the cupboard emptying exercise has to be the flour explosion.  We tried making pizza dough with some very old wholemeal flour, but it looked so unappealing we fed it to the pet worms.  I do love a good explosion, which is what we did with the rest.  We lit a candle and blew handfuls of flour across the top of the flame.  As the flour hits the flame it makes a big wooshy, explosion, flamey thing, which I tried and failed miserably to film.

The cupboards are really almost empty now.  Any suggestions for chestnut puree?

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5 Responses to “Explosions and mess”

  1. English Grandma 29/10/2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Ooh yes….with ice cream it is fab!

  2. Scottish Mum 29/10/2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Laughing as it is usually my kitchen that ends up in a mess like that.

  3. cathy @ nurturestore 29/10/2010 at 9:42 pm #

    A very creative way to make the most of your cupboard remains! Thanks for joining in with our Messy Play Carnival. (By the way, I notice your homeschooling so far includes swearwords and explosions – they’re never going to want to go back to the other school, are they?!)

  4. imperfectpages 30/10/2010 at 9:42 am #

    That sounds brilliant. You know, not many parents would let their children get messy like that. But then not many parents would taken their children round the world either. Are they excited for Monday? I’ll be thinking of you!

  5. Emma 01/11/2010 at 7:38 am #

    My suggestion for chestnut purée… send it to me! We get people to bring it out to us as we can’t find it here and it’s the main ingredient to my favourite pudding!
    (also need butter, sugar and chocolate, it’s not a healthy one!)

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