Farmer Boy Experiment


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Farmer Boy Experiment: an activity for children of all ages. It’s fun to experiment and try new things. In this activity, children will examine what happens when they combine popcorn and a variety of liquids.

*This activity was adapted from an activity found on

  • Supplies:
    • identical glasses
    • popcorn, popped
    • a variety of milks/liquids
    • gardening notebook/journal
    • pencil and eraser
    • the book Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (optional)
  • Read the book Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder – highly recommended for children ages 6-12. (R)
  • When you get to the part in chapter three with the milk and popcorn experiment, put popped popcorn in one glass and pour a glass of milk in an identical glass.
  • Slowly place the popcorn, piece by piece, into the milk and observe what happens.
  • Sample it. What does it taste like?
  • Now do it again with another type of milk (chocolate, almond, rice, soy, coconut, etc) or liquid (apple juice, water, soda pop, etc). Does it matter if the popcorn is buttered?
  • Now try milk and bread or apples or caramel popcorn or anything else you desire.
  • Record observations.
  • Discuss the possible reasons for your findings.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.

  • Our results from top left: 2% milk, apple juice, water, rice milk