Every winter break, I always find myself looking for ways to keep my children entertained. A movie and popcorn night is usually one of our go-to activities, but this year, we decided to mix it up a little bit and add an educational element:
HOW POPCORN POPS
The great thing about this activity is that it does not require a lot of time, ingredients or attention spans.
What you need:
· 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
· 3 tbsp. canola oil
· Popcorn popper
If you don’t have a popcorn popper, you need:
· Large pot
· Clear glass lid (very important)
Any type of popcorn kernels will work. I sacrificed my popcorn as the kids wouldn’t let me sacrifice their “real” popcorn (with all the butter, salt, you know – the good stuff).
1. Put the pot on the stove, and then turn the stove on. Or turn on the popcorn popper.
2. Pour in the oil.
3. Add anywhere from 2-10 kernels and cover with a lid. The larger the pot, the more kernels you can use.
4. Wait for kernels to pop.
5. I had the kids take guesses beforehand about how long it would take. That was fun! Once they pop, you can add the remaining kernels and then serve. Be careful – it is HOT!
Inside each popcorn kernel is a little bit of water. When you heat the kernels, the water turns to steam and expands. After a while, the pressure from the steam builds up and the popcorn pops.