Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cooking & Science Review & GIVEAWAY!

I never really liked science when I was in school, I always thought it was a bit boring.  I think part of the reason it was so boring is because we were always confined to our seats, we weren't allowed to do any experiments and we definitely weren't able to get a little messy and have fun.  Now that I am homeschooling and have the liberty to choose what to teach my children, I try to remember what I might have enjoyed if given the opportunity.  Experiments, making messes, nature and creation - these are the things that kids really enjoy doing and learning.

When I found out that we were going to be able to review Cooking & Science for Elementary Students from Castle Heights Press, we were very excited.  What kid doesn't like to get in the kitchen?  What kid doesn't like to do experiments?  I know mine do! 




We did several of the experiments, but our favorite one (so far) was the Homeschoolers' Cupcakes! 

First, I copied the pages from the book so that we could do this experiment again and put it in the kids notebooks.

We gathered our supplies.

We mixed up all of our ingredients.  As you know kids love doing this!  

The girls and I did this experiment while the boys were napping. 
The girls enjoyed taking turns adding the ingredients.

Lil' Chef and Computer Girl filled up the cupcake tins.  While I took pictures of course : ) 

This is the point where the experiment part comes in. 
The Cooking & Science book had us draw a picture of the cupcake before we put it into the oven.   We were also asked to explain the look, texture and shape of the cupcake. 

I think the hardest part about these cupcakes was the waiting!! 

After 15 minutes of baking, we were told to examine another cupcake.  The kids poked it with a fork and then sliced it in half.  Using the same process as the uncooked cupcake, the kids were to draw a picture of this cupcake and describe it's shape, look and texture.  We examined a new cupcake every 5 minutes until all the cupcakes were done.  I believe we did 5 cupcakes altogether. 

Here the girls are recording their findings.
The girls not only learned what oxidation is but they got to eat a cupcake.  How cool is that!
Who would have thought that you could teach your children basic chemistry principles while having a blast in the kitchen!  Cooking & Science has 17 awesome experiments for you to enjoy using simple items right in the comforts of your own kitchen:


  • Lemonade: Condensation & Dissolving 
  • Cherry Turnovers: Observation
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies: Drawing
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies: Fractions
  • Homeschoolers’ Cupcakes
  • Three-in-One Pudding: The Effect of Density
  • Hot Chocolate: Studying Insulation
  • Root Beer Floats: States of Matter 
  • Kids’ Carrots: Observation
  • Freezing Vegetables: Observing Changes Made By Freezing
  • Brownies: Baking vs. Frying
  • Pancakes: The Effect of Baking Powder
  • Yeast in a Balloon: Observation and Drawing
  • Speedy Rolls: Yeast Growth
  • Trail Mix: Classification 
  • Scripture Cake: Word Drill
  • Popcorn Explosion
We still really want to do the Brownies, Scripture Cake and Popcorn Explosion
You can purchase your own Cooking & Science for Elementary Students two ways.  You have order the book for $12.95 or you can purchase the Ebook for $9.95.  Either way, it is a great price! 

Castle Heights Press has also offered to send a FREE copy of the Cooking & Science for Elementary Students to one of YOU! 
To enter to the giveaway for a copy of Cooking & Science for Elementary Students please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each way that you enter and YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!  I will pick the winner on September 26, 2010.

Here are the ways that you can enter:
  • You must be a Follower or Subscriber of LSG to Win! Please leave me a comment and let me know how you follow.
  • If you have just become a new Follower or Subscriber please tell me how you heard about this giveaway.
  • If you blog about this contest please come back and leave me a link to you post.
  • Please visit the Castle Height Press website, let me know which other product they offer that you would be interested in.
  • Facebook or Twitter about this giveaway and leave me a comment to let me know about it.
  • Like Castle Heights Press on Facebook.

(PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS I WILL HAVE TO SELECT ANOTHER WINNER)


We received this product free of charge, from Castle Heights Press, for review purposes. The opinions stated in this review are our own and we were not paid in any way.


69 comments:

Jennifer said...

Learning that is fun, this sounds like a great way to teach science.

I'm following you on facebook.

Beverly said...

I follow you with Google Friend Connect.

Beverly said...

I have been a following for a while, but I saw your post on the Workboxes Yahoo group.

Beverly said...

I went to their website. The Cooking & Science with Elementary Students was my favorite. The others for elementary didn't seem like a good fit for us. I did like the idea of the Cooking and Science for older kids too.

Shanna said...

I just became a new follower.
Shanna
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Shanna said...

I think some of the one week unit studies look neat. My ds would like the aviation unit. Also thought the junior scientists field journal looked fun to do.
Shanna
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Shanna said...

Oh, I heard about you from the MFWWorkboxes yahoo group.
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Melissa said...

What a fun book! I'm a Google follower!

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Melissa said...

New Google subscriber - found on MFW yahoo group email.

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Melissa said...

Visited Castle Heights and honestly my favorite is the book you're giving away. I love to incorporate my kids in the kitchen. Such a great life skill for everyone to have and learning the "why" to things in the kitchen is just plain cool for kids.

Melissa noboty at gmail dot come

Gigi Lynn said...

I follow you via email notifications!

Gigi Lynn said...

I heard about this giveaway on the SHS yahoogroup.

Gigi Lynn said...

I went to the website and discovered that of all of their products, this one sounds the most interesting to me. If I had to choose another one, it would be hard to do because I can't see inside of them. But maybe the science journals.

Monica said...

Hi
This would be a great addition to our classroom. I am a follower already.
Monica at m_wharton@yahoo.com

Monica said...

I also saw your giveaway featured on your MFW yahoo group!
Monica at m_wharton@yahoo.com

One Mom said...

I'm a subscriber. What an awesome giveaway! I love cooking with my daughter. I have a giveaway over at my blog too!

One Mom said...

I like the Junior Scientist's Field Journal!

Vickie said...

I'm visiting from the crew. I am already a follower. Your blog is very pretty. I love the look and the colors.

God's Blessings

Vickie said...

My favorites from the site besides the cooking experiment book (this looks awesome), the unit studies (especially the cars), and the high school herbarium.

God's Blessings

Kimberly said...

I follow on GFC.

Kimberly said...

"My First Science Notebook" looks neat.

cooperkelly4 said...

I subscribe
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cooperkelly4 said...

visited their site. Love the unit studies, but would really like the shepherd/sheep one. =0)
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Guiding Light said...

I am already a follower!

Guiding Light said...

Checked out their website and GOT the FREE "The Ultimate Science Project Notebook e-Book". Thanks for bringing this website to my attention!

Michelle Smith said...

I am your Google Friend!

This is a fun giveaway. My little ones would sure like this! :)

Michelle Smith said...

The Cooking and Science books, both for this age and the older one, look like an interesting way to learn. :)

Michelle Smith said...

I liked Castle Heights Press on Facebook.

Shelbz said...

I am now a follower.

Shelbz said...

I heard about the give-away on the workbox yahoo group.

Lorus! said...

I am a new Google Friend follower

Lorus! said...

I found about your giveaway from the TOS crew forum.
We love cooking and I think this book sounds great!

Lorus! said...

I checked out the Castle Heights Press site and can't pick a favorite yet. But I really like the Experiences in Physics Lab Manual and Data Notebook. Right up my oldest son's alley!

D said...

Hi. I follow you on google reader

Shelbz said...

I blogged about your great giveaway here: http://thehomeschoolhighway.blogspot.com

Shelbz said...

I would be interested in A Junior Scientist's Field Journal or the Unit Study on dogs. My daughter just adores dogs.

Anonymous said...

New follow by email
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Canadianladybug said...

Following you with google Friends Connect

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Canadianladybug said...

I like Castle Heights Press on facebook.


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Canadianladybug said...

The biology product looks very interesting.

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Kelly said...

My middle daughter, Audrie, LOVES to cook. This would be right up her ally. And her birthday party was today and she just got a ton of "cooking supplies" that are all her own. Now she'd have tons of things to make with all her new stuff. I am a follower and you can find me via email at scysgrl(at)gmail(dot)come

Kelly said...

I would also like the Junior Scientist's Field Journal. It would come in very handy with our Nature Studies.

Sweetpeas said...

I followed you on Google friend connect.

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Sweetpeas said...

I heard about the giveaway on the TOS crew forum.

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Sweetpeas said...

The Junior Scientist's Field Journal sounds like something we could really use in our nature studies!

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purple squirrel said...

I follow you now, in GFC

purple squirrel said...

And I'm also from the TOS Crew~ :) Howdy!

Cool book, great blog!

purple squirrel said...

I think that Geometric Constructions looks interesting

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

I am a follower on google friend connect. This looks like a really cool book. Thanks for the great review and giveaway.

Crissyanna said...

I now follow you with Google Friend connect

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Erika said...

Follower w/ Yahoo.

Erika said...

I'm a new follower & heard about your giveaway on your signature from the MFW families yahoo group.

Belinda said...

What a beautiful blog! I just became a follower by email - thank you for offering this giveaway. My little boys would love this book!

Belinda said...

I found out about this blog on the Bloggers Haven.

Belinda said...

Castle Heights Press has quite a few wonderful looking products. I would especially like to look at the "Cars e-Book- a One Week Off Unit Study" closer. Thank you!

Joyce said...

I follow you and subscribe by email:)

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Joyce said...

Liked Castle Heights on FB:)

Joyce said...

I think the Particles in motion would be great with my girls!

Joyce said...

Blogged it:)
http://joyfulcreations2.blogspot.com/2010/09/cooking-and-science-review-and-giveaway.html

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Joyce said...

I tweeted:)

http://twitter.com/JoyfulCreations

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Gretta said...

I am a GFC follower

Gretta said...

New follower who found your giveaway on Frugal for my Friends linky

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Gretta said...

I also like the Junior Scientist Field Journal

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ape2016 said...

I follow via GFC

ape2016 said...

new follower that found you through Joyful Creations 2 Honor Him

Michelle said...

I just became a google follower today. I found out about your blog from Joyful creations! So thankful to have come across it. My girls LOVE to cook so this book would be a GREAT addition to our school week. Thank for the review.
Be Blessed,
Michelle (mray95@gmail.com)

Laura O said...

This looks like great fun!

Already following you (from the TOS Crew)

Laura O said...

I think the cooking and science one looks like the most fun to me. (Then again, I've already got a lot of more traditional science things in the house.)

mommytoeleven said...

I'm a Google follower. This looks like something we would really enjoy together! Thanks!

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