Science Can Be Oh-So Sweet! Science Experiments Using Candy

Science Experiments Using Candy

Science Experiments Using Candy

We’re not-so-gradually coming up on Halloween, and that means that kids have something really important on their minds…CANDY!  I love the idea of teachers combining lessons with kids’ interests…and most of them are pretty darn interested in candy.  Imagine putting that enthusiasm to work during a science lesson!

That’s exactly what you can do with the web site  Sure, you can do the old school baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano, which is still cool, but it’s not going to be nearly as tasty as candy experiments.  There are at least a dozen different experiments outlined on their site, and they all look like activities kids would love to do.  They provide a cool jumping-off point for all kinds of science lessons.

Mixing Candy and Science

For example, kids will find it interesting to learn that when you taste something sour, it’s the result of your body detecting acid in the food you’re eating.  To find out which candies include acid, you dissolve them in warm water before adding baking soda.  If the water bubbles, the candy is acidic.  This can be even more fun if students get to taste the candy beforehand to make predictions about whether or not the water will bubble.

Seriously, what kid is not going to remember this science lesson forever?!

Other Experiments to Try

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There are some other fun sweet science experiments to consider, too:

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Lorna Doone Brewer is a freelance writer, also known as the Queen Bee. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest with three spirited daughters and a wildly outnumbered husband.

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  1. Loralee

    Glad you liked the website! We do have lots of fun experiments for kids. You can also set the kids free and watch what ideas they come up with, whether it’s building things, throwing everything into a bowl of water to see what happens, or playing with the colors. Just tell them “the candy’s not for eating, it’s for experiments,” and a lot of kids will follow your guidelines.

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