Learning science through cooking

In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, our pre-k kehillah (community) made apple sauce. It was an edible science experiment! The children loved peeling, cutting, and tasting the Macintosh and Golden Delicious apples.  The words “yummy”, sweet, juicy, and “mmmm” came up frequently.
Most of the children were able to predict how raw apples would become apple sauce. They then observed the apples as they were boiling and saw for themselves that apples need heat in order for them to soften. We also touched on the idea that when you make mistakes–especially in science–you learn new things. Mistakes are good!