Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Cooking activities, even simple ones like this, are filled with great learning opportunities. Along with measurement and math skills, kids can develop problem solving and literacy skills as well. Also, by showing kids that they can make tasty drinks that are much more healthful than store-bought soda, you will provide an opportunity to talk about making healthy choices in their diets.
See previous Soda Science activity for preparation instructions. This activity will introduce seltzer water as an ingredient.
Ask your students to share some of the flavors of soda they created in the Soda Science activity. Were they all perfect? What changes might they make, or might they try a new flavor altogether? Would it be harder to recreate their recipes if they didn’t write the ingredients down?
Come up with a final soda recipe that you think is delicious.
After 10-15 minutes, stop your students and bring them together to share their observations with each other. Does their soda taste the same as last time? What changes are they making?
After the discussion, have your students go back to their teams and try to perfect their recipes. At this point, you can offer seltzer water for those students that feel they have arrived at their ideal recipe. Will the carbonated water change the taste? Will they want to make changes to some of their ingredients after adding carbonated water?