Science Sunday: Dinner time science



Oops, scheduled that for the wrong time there, I was wondering what was wrong……..

I’m pulling something from my stash of extra posts because I just didn’t get my post written in time this week, and I have a bunch to do to get ready for Sunday School tomorrow.  Which will probably lead to more posts for later this week.

Have you ever looked at your dinner and thought, “Why that’s a science lesson!”

If you have you’re a homeschooler, or an “afterschooler.”


So, we were at Red Lobster celebrating Jeff getting a major project done and Batman started asking about my crab.

How did he move his legs?  What was the hard thing in the middle of the meat?  What did he use the meat for?  What is the meat called?

So we talked through it all.  And I mean it all.  How the tendons (the hard part) are what he uses to move his muscles.  That the meat is his muscles.  That the outside part is his exoskeleton, and it is like armor.  Everything you can think of and more.

I’m sure the tables around us were looking at us very weird.  Very weird.  Good thing we got an early dinner, not too many people there.

So, you ever have something lead to a science lesson unexpectedly?


11 responses to “Science Sunday: Dinner time science”

  1. Ah! The perfect science lesson.
    Oh and Lobsters/Crabs Yummo!!!

  2. Annette W. Avatar
    Annette W.

    That's awesome…even if I don't eat crab. 🙂 My daughter is just figuring out that meat comes from animals. 🙂 We had to explain to her last month that beef comes from cows and chicken is, well, chicken. 🙂

  3. Nicole {tired, need sleep} Avatar
    Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    Well they definitely learn better when it's a discussion they've initiated. Think of yourself as an example to the other parents, not weird. 😉 This made me think of one of our neighbor families – for Halloween, they dressed their baby girl up like a crab, and they both had chef hats on and were carrying a pot. 🙂

  4. We have had this fun with Selena! Science at anytime is a great learning experience especially when it is child led.

  5. I will never forget when Katie was just a baby and I had order lobster. Katie kept trying to feed it french fries and then suddenly she realized that it wasn't alive any more and she started crying and crying and we couldn't get her to stop.

  6. I get some weird looks when I'm busy explaining things to Sam too. I've noticed that homeschoolers and afterschoolers talk differently to their children. We are always teaching…

  7. That's great! I should have done that this summer when we were on vacation eating all sorts of seafood. I'm just hoping we don't get into a big discussion about the turkey in a few weeks. I'm worried M is going to become an instant vegetarian if she ever figures these things out!

  8. littlewondersdays Avatar

    Tasty science lesson! I think you can find a lesson in most everyday activities.

  9. Oh, how funny- sounds like my restaurant science lesson from last week! :0)

  10. I think impromptu lessons are best, but sometimes I don't know all the answers. That's where I wish for an iPhone, so I can look everything up right away. This picture gave me a serious craving for Red Robin!

  11. That is the best kind of science because they truly want to know the answers and will probably remember them. I hope you enjoyed your meal!

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