Arctic Experiment

Nadia and I are working on a “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” unit study from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. She had a test to see how blubber keeps animals warm while they live in the Antarctic.

It’s a super easy experiment and Nadia loved it. First take about a cup of shortening and put it in a Ziploc baggie. Place the child’s hand in the bag and mold the shortening around the entire hand.

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Then fill a bowl with ice water and place both the bagged shortening hand and the plain hand in the bowl and see which one feels protected from the cold.

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She said she could tell right away that the “blubber” hand was not instantly freezing like her other hand.