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Think Like a Scientist – Ask WhyIn our study of Chinese history and culture we learned that tea is a very popular drink in China and, in fact, second most popular drink in the world about water. We drink tea at home quite often, but it occurred to me that I never discussed with my 7 year old what happens when we make team.
Me: Do you know how we make tea?
Smarty: We take a packet of tea leaves and add hot water to it.
Me: Why do you think we use hot water?
Smarty: Because we want hot tea!
Me: So what if we want iced tea?
Smarty: Well, then, we’ll be using iced water.
Me: And what do you think happens to the leaves?
Smarty: They go… dissolve in water, and that’s why tea is orangey-brown.
Test Your Hypothesis
Describe What’s Happening
- Hot water turned brown almost instantly, and it took a very long time for cold water to start changing color.
- Tea leaves fell on the bottom in hot water but mostly floated on the surface in cold water.
- Tea leaves didn’t dissolve. Instead they got bigger and soggier.
- Tea that brewed longer was darker and more bitter than 3-minute tea.
- Tea leaves are not tasty, and getting them out is a pain – this is why we use tea filters or packaged tea.
- It’s possible to “oversugar” your tea – that’s when you start to bargain with Mom to make you another cup of three minute tea.
- We don’t make iced tea with ice, after all.
Learn About History of Tea
A few months after our original experiment we have stumbled upon a perfect book to go with it. 10 Plants that Shook the World by Gillian Richardson is an amazing book that ties together botany, history, and geography. One chapter of this book is about tea and its journey to conquering the world. We read one chapter a day from this library book, but if I were homeschooling, I would certainly do a week long study on each of the plants featured in this book. My 7 year old enjoyed it a lot, but the recommended age on Amazon is 10-12 years. I would say that the book would work well for families with children of different ages, and the story lines can be simplified and summarized for younger children.
- Formula for a Perfect Tea Brew from Daily Mail Online
- Having a Chinese Tea Ceremony from Marie’s Pastiche
- Mystery Holiday Tea Tasting Game from Almost Unschoolers
Your TurnWhat do you do to disprove false ideas (like an iced tea made with ice) in your house?
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