Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories (MESS)

Kitchen Science

Teachers may use this guide and recommended materials as a resource to respond to children’s interest and curiosity as they explore the properties of everyday substances found in the kitchen. Through planned explorations, teachers will engage children in the process of scientific inquiry. Teacher background information, specific vocabulary, and a list books provide a comprehensive resource.


Teacher's Guide

This investigation focuses on everyday substances and how we can change their properties by adding heat or cold, physically manipulating them, or mixing them together. Full text» [PDF, 3.43MB]

Recommended Materials

Teachers will find a list of equipment, supplies, and books to facilitate children’s science exploration through everyday kitchen substances and experiences such as mixing, pouring, heating, and cooling. Full text» [PDF, 162KB] 

See also:

Introduction to MESS: Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories

Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories (MESS) and Recommended Materials: Kitchen Science. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2008. English.

Last Reviewed: March 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014