The Christmas season is here and school time is still running!! Candy seems to be popping up everywhere...here's a fun science experiment to learn a little more about all that sugar!
Depending on your children's age and ability, you can use this experiment to talk about dissolving, polarity of water (and how it is the "universal solvent," density, experiment variables, or the structure of candies. You can expand and enrich this experiment in many days--click here to download a free preschool-appropriate worksheet to do with your child! The best part is that even preschoolers can perform each step of this experiment!
- warm water
- "mini" candy canes
- small bowls
1- Fill small bowl about 1/2 full with warm water. The warmer your water, the faster your reaction.
2- Unwrap the candy cane and place it in the warm water. It should be completely covered.
3- In less than a minute, you should see little bubbles rising off the candy cane as the water dissolves the sugar.
4- In about five minutes, the red strip should be completely dissolved. Most of the red dyes will sink to the bottom of the bowl. You may see some at the top of the water as well. (Note: Candy canes are made white, and the stripes are added as one of the last steps. Learn more about candy canes here.)
5- After about 25 minutes, the entire candy cane will be completely dissolved!!
6- Let your child choose ways to change the variables in the experiment...does cold water affect anything? Do M&M's behave the same way? Does adding salt do anything? Will it dissolve in oil? Remember this is an experiment, not just a demonstration: let your child try changing things up to see what he or she will learn!
For more candy cane fun, be sure to check out my Science Experiment: Bend Your Candy Cane too!
And do you love Christmas-themed science? If so, be sure to check out my eBook, 25 Christmas Science Projects for Kids!
Just in case your house isn't over-flowing with candy canes already, here are two affiliate links for your convenience. The first has mini candy canes and the second has big candy canes...you can use either! The rainbow candy canes make a cool effect as they dissolve!
I may share at any of these parties!