Spring is coming (right?!?) and I’m getting ready for my favorite kind of seasonal class room fun – candy science activities!
Weather you love them or hate them (ME!) in your Easter basket, peeps make great for some great science!
Today I’m sharing a couple fun experiments – that gave me surprising results – and two science snacks all featuring the sugar covered sugar AKA peeps!
I love simple science questions for the primary classroom and one of my favorites is to see what happens when candy is soaked in different liquids. We’ve tried gummy bears, candy canes, candy corn, candy hearts and licorice and seen two types of results: the candy dissolves or it gets bigger. Students always expect the candy to dissolve so they are shocked by the other results.
For this experiment you need:
- 4 cups
- 5 peeps – one for each cup, plus a control
- Banking soda
- Start labeling each cup (water, baking soda, vinegar, salt) and filling them half way with water.
- Add one tablespoon of salt to the first cup. Stir to dissolve.
- Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the second cup. Stir.
- Add one tablesppon of baking soda to the next cup. Stir to dissolve.
- Make a hypothesis about weather you think the peeps will sink or float.
- Place a peep into each cup.
- Document your sink or float results.
- 8. Make a hypotesis about what will happen to the peeps in the different solutions.
- Allow the peeps to soak for 30 minutes (or more, my results were the same from about 30 minutes through 24 hours of soaking).
- After soaking, remove each peep from the water and observe the results as compared with an unsoaked peep.
All the peeps grew larger and most of the water turned pink, except the vinegar water, which stayed totally clear.
We also tried heating the peeps. This is a super fast, but awesome and messy experiment!
Start by packing the peeps into a cup.
Make your hypothesis.
Then, place the cup in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds.
Don’t blink because the results happen FAST!
You can find this lab booklet (that also includes two science snack lab booklets) in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here.
Do you have a favorite science activity to do with your class?