Do they like to eat?
How about creating a fun activity that shows your kids why we are all different yet very much the same.
The project is creating edible DNA.
In this article, I’ll help you explain the molecule of life that is DNA in kid-friendly terms, show you how you and your family can discover some of your unique genetic traits and teach you to make a delicious model of the DNA strand that your kids will love.
Why Should We Learn About DNA?
Has your daughter ever wondered why she can roll her tongue but her best friend can’t, no matter how hard she tries?
Or why you’re left-handed but everyone else in your family is right-handed?
Maybe your son wishes his curly hair was straight like his sister’s?
What causes all these differences, even between siblings who have the same parents?
The answer lies in our DNA, a special kind of molecule that holds the code—the instructions—for every cell in our bodies.
We all like to remind our children that they are unique and special: “There is only one You,” we tell them. “There can never be another You!” DNA is what makes this true. DNA determines the characteristics that make each of us different from anyone else in the world. What a sweet concept.
It’s also a very important scientific concept, which may open your children’s eyes—whether they’re blue, brown, hazel or green—to the discovery of their own special traits such as blonde hair or large feet or brown skin.
Learning about DNA in the sweet, kid-friendly activity you’ll find below is a great way to teach kids some science in a fun way and encourage them to celebrate our differences.
It’s also a tasty sculpture you can eat for dessert.