Like it or not, winter is coming! For those people that have a birthday in the cold months, we have a new design for you, put together by our clients.
Our Community Planting Project is back! Clients are planting herbs from seed, caring for them, and delivering them to the River Food Pantry on the Northside of Madison. We have been planting basil and other herbs to donate for people to take home and enjoy. So far we have found new homes for 46 of our basil plants and have donated approximately 1 lb of trimmed basil.
We have also planted some basil of our own to enjoy during our cooking class. We have harvested basil for two of our recipes: Tomato Basil Salad and Basil Garlic Yogurt Sauce with Cucumbers and Crackers.
More information about River Food Pantry is available on their website. http://www.riverfoodpantry.org/
In one of our recent art projects at CSN, we decorated some watercolor paper using only tissue paper squares and water. It’s a fun and interesting way to make decorative paper!
Here are the supplies you’ll need: watercolor paper (or another heavyweight paper), tissue paper squares and a spray bottle with water in it.
Step 1: Begin to lay a single color of the tissue squares down on the paper. You can lay them however you want.
Step 2: Add another color of paper. You can overlap or lay them next to each other.
Step 3: Add your final color.
Step 4: Take the spray bottle and saturate the tissue paper with water. This may get a little messy, so make sure you are doing it on a surface you can clean. Let it sit and watch the dye bleed out of the tissue paper and onto the white paper.
Step 5: After the paper has dried completely (this may take nearly 45 minutes), take off the tissue paper.
Step 6: Enjoy your finished project! This decorative paper can be used to make cards, as a background for more art or for writing a letter!
Here is a recent science project we did at CSN; a fun experiment that makes a goopy, fun mess! Keep in mind that this is not just about fun, there is some pretty amazing science going on here!
You will need:
- Cornstarch (a 16 oz. box is good for every 2-3 participants – but more is always better)
- Food coloring (we always say it’s optional, but it does make it more fun – don’t use too much or you could end up with colored hands…and clothes…and curtains)
- A large bowl
What do you do?
- Pour the cornstarch into the bowl. Don’t rush to add water – take time to feel the cornstarch.
- After you’ve taken-in the feel of the powder, it is time to add water. You should add the food coloring to your water before adding it to the powder. (Approx ½ cup of water per cup of cornstarch).
- Mix in the water slowly and get stuck in with your hands. Part of the fun is getting gooey.
The best test is to reach in and grab a handful of the mixture and see if you can roll it into a ball between your hands – if you stop rolling it and it “melts” between your fingers – success!
- Clean up is easy but do not put it down the drain!
Cornstarch goo (sometimes referred to as “oobleck” from the Dr. Suess book) is what scientists call a “Non-Newtonian” liquid. Basically, Sir Issac Newton stated individual liquids flow at consistent, predictable rates. As you likely discovered, cornstarch goo does NOT follow those rules – it can act almost like a solid, and them flow like a liquid. Technically speaking, the goo is a SUSPENSION, meaning that the grains of starch are not dissolved, they are just suspended and spread out in the water. If you let the goo sit for an while, the cornstarch would settle to the bottom of the bowl.
So why does this concoction act the way it does? Most of it has to do with pressure. The size, shape, and makeup of the cornstarch grains causes the cornstarch to “lock-up” and hold its shape when pressure is applied to it. People have filled small pools with oobleck and they are able to walk across the surface of it (as long as they move quickly.) As soon as they stop walking, they begin to sink.