1 cup of milk
4 teaspoons of white vinegar.
|Supplies for the Plastic Milk Experiment.|
Take a cup of milk and pour it into a small bowl. Heat the milk in a microwave until just before it boils. Using cold milk will NOT work. Then pour in the 4 teaspoons of white vinegar. Gently stir the mixture and you should notice something weird happening. The "white" part of the milk will start to clump together.
When the clump starts to form, dump the mixture into a strainer. The solid clump will be left. Go ahead and touch it and shape it into any shape you wish. We stuck with a ball shape.
|What is this?|
After shaping the clump, put it on a plate to harden for a day.
|A ball of milk!|
Don't worry, it won't stink up the room. After a day, the clump will harden and you now have "plastic" milk! It's not really plastic, but resembles plastic. So what's going on here? Well, here's what Science Bob has to say about this:
"Plastic? In milk? Well, sort of. You made a substance called CASEIN. It's from the latin word meaning "cheese." CasEin occurs when the protien in the milk meets the acid in the vinegar. The casein in milk does not mix with the acid and so it forms blobs. True plastics, called poymers, are a little different."
This is an awesome experiment that's quick, requires few supplies, is easy to do, and is sure to get a positive reaction from your child.