Candy Experiments

Candy Experiments

Don’t know what to do with the Halloween candy other than your children being on a sugar high for weeks; or eating the candy yourself?  I have the solution.

Last July, I checked out Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt and started a post about it.  Then, realized I needed to wait until after Halloween when the supplies for the experiments are plentiful at everyone’s home.

I’ve scanned the book and evaluated ML’s loot from Halloween.  Of the seventy or so experiments, we have supplies to complete at least sixty of them without a visit to the store.

Lifesavers, candy canes and conversation hearts are the only ingredients we don’t currently possess.  However, Christmas is around the corner and Santa always puts Lifesavers and candy canes in our stockings.  Also, oranges to add a healthy choice.  As for the conversation hearts, I am certain the day after Christmas Valentine’s Day candy will magically appear at the store.

ML’s at her dad’s house tonight.  I’m going to stockpile some candy for when she and her friends ask to do science experiments.  Last time, I let them use ginger ale and baking soda.  Never again!

Below are some experiments in the book, which appear to result in limited mess.

Skin the Candy p.13 – Candy Corn, Jelly Beans, Dots, Nerds or Tootsie Rolls

Clamshell Skittles p. 99 – Skittles

Race To Dissolve (Big vs Small) p. 112 – Two identical pieces of colored candy, such as Jolly Ranchers, Tic-Tacs, Pez or conversation hearts.

Race To Dissolve (Hot vs Cold) p. 114 – Two identical pieces of candy, such as Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Starbursts, Tootsie Rolls, lollipops, small chocolate, or chocolate bars.

 

 

4 comments

  1. Somewhere around here I have two big bags of conversation hearts I bought for the Valentine’s Day storytime, and then it snowed. Next time I stumble across them, I’ll bring them to you!

  2. The conversation hearts are really great for floating in soda like 7 up or club soda (which works best with the Brach’s hearts.) See Hearts Bobbing, pg 64. Have fun!

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