Ada Twist, Scientist
We got inspired to do a little science when Andrea Beatty, the author of sent me her latest book, Learn more about the book here.
Illustrator David Robert’s drawings always capture that wonder of kids trying things for the first time. And persevering through challenges. And really got us thinking about those yucky smells. So we decided to do a much sweeter smelling project. Lemonade.
And because we love color changing science, we added a really cool feature to that sweet and sour lemonade. A really cool color changing affect. So go whip up a glass and then we’ll talk science.
Color Changing Lemonade Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups lemonade
- 1 lemon (optional)
- 1 copy of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin has a unique capability to act as an indicator. Meaning it changes color as the pH changes. It appears bright blue at high (basic) pH’s and transitions to a vivid pink at low (acidic) pH’s. This is why you can turn your lemonade from yellow to purple to pink as you stir your butterfly tea into the drink. The flowers and tea are a more common ingredient in countries like Thailand where they like to serve the tea with honey and lemon.
While you’re sipping on your lemonade, have a little fun with the leftover tea. We played around with a lemon, the tea and some baking soda. You can keep changing the color back and forth as you make it acidic with the lemon and basic with the baking soda.
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We’re celebrating the launch of Ada Twist, Scientist today with a giveaway!! Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, the author and illustrator of Ada Twist, Scientist sent me an extra copy of the book and a signed illustration, perfect for hanging in your kiddo’s room or your classroom. To enter to win, simply sign up for the Left Brain Craft Brain newsletter. You’ll get fun, hands-on STE(A)M projects in your inbox a couple times a month. And lots of ways to play and learn with your food, too.
And while you’re at it, pick up a few more science activities to go along with Ada in my new book STEAM Kids! It’s packed with 50+ hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities that will wow the boredom right out of your kids. Pick up the PDF e-book version or a