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