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Science is not a subject I excel in. I enjoy reading about and talking about science, but hen it comes to science experiments, I enlist the assistance of my husband. If he can make something blow up, dissect something, or take part in something that is gross to the average person, he’s all in. When he’s all in, the kids are all in. However, I’ve been sharing some science projects you can do in your own home easily! So these discussions are just as much for me as they are for you, my dear readers! I hope the ideas shared, book lists, and unit studies help to give you ideas of things you can do in your own homeschool!

Here are some of our favorite Science books! 

The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You!The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments 101 Great Science Experiments101 Great Science ExperimentsEverything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks)Everything You Need to Ace ScienceThe Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young ScientistsThe Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young ScientistsKitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Lab Series)Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Lab Series)365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials. So much fun.

 

Read: Ways to Make Learning the Periodic Table Fun! PLUS- Free unit Study! 

Popcorn is one of America’s favorite snack foods. It has been around for a long time! American history alone dates popcorn back to the days of pilgrims when they discovered if they left corn on the fire, fluffy white yummy goodness was made! I personally LOVE popcorn and I go almost weekly to our local theater just to fill a bucket and bring it home. Don’t judge. Technically, I could make it here in my Instant Pot or on my stove top, but I must confess – movie theater popcorn is my weakness!

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Using popcorn for a home science project a cheap and fun way to teach kids! I hope you enjoy this project and make memories that will last! By the way, if you take pictures I would love to see them! Join our group above and feel free to share! 

Materials Needed – 

 
 
16 oz glass jar and lid (I used a 16 mason jar, lid and ring like pictured below)
1 C. table salt 

1/4 C. popcorn kernels 

Ball Pint Jar, Regular Mouth, Set of 2Ball Pint Jar, Regular Mouth, Set of 2

 

 

Directions – 

 

Pour the salt & popcorn kernels into the jar and seal with the lid. 

Roll the jar on a flat surface so the salt and popcorn mix together. 
 
 
Turn the jar upright and gently tap in on a flat surface. Watch what happens to the popcorn.
 
 
Now it is time to think about what was learned. Remember in Science that a hypothesis is a well thought out prediction. I have a FREE Scientific Method Worksheet that will help in creating your hypothesis. Just click below to get yours

 Now is the time to write out your hypothesis! 

 
Q: Does the popcorn and salt stay mixed? 
 
Parents- here is the answer to have on hand-
A: The popcorn and salt actually become sorted. Tapping the jar against a flat surface loosens the salt so it falls below the popcorn to form a solid layer whereas the popcorn rises to the top of the salt. 
 
We hope you enjoyed this project! 
 
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