My class is moving into social studies topics for the next several weeks, but we are still having our Super Fun Science Fridays!
Here’s another simple science idea that always amazes my little first graders: Gummy Bear Investigations.
Similar to the candy corn investigation, our question is: What will happen to gummy bears when they are soaked in different solutions?
You will need:
- gummy bears
- 4 cups
- baking soda
- lab bookets
To start, I gave each kiddo a gummy bear to investigate. We described the gummy bear (and then ate them!)
Then we prepared the 4 cups and put a gummy bear in each one (I label each cup with the solution inside):
one cup with water
one cup with water and a teaspoon of salt
one cup with water and a teaspoon of baking soda
one cup with water and a teaspoon (or so) of vinegar.
Let the gummy bears soak in the solutions overnight.
Now for the fun part! The next day we take the gummy bears out of their solutions and compare them with the “control” gummy bears (bears straight from the bag that we didn’t do anything to change).
I put one experimental and one control gummy bear at each table and let the kids explore them and document their results. The kiddos rotate around until they have observed each of the gummy bears.
It’s amazing how much the gummy bears change and my kiddos are always impressed!
If you’re looking for a more in depth version of this investigation, Sue from Science for Kids has a great packet for 3-5 graders had a great packet available on TpT. You can see her packet by clicking here.
You can see the lab booklet in my TpT store by clicking the image.
I’d love to hear what you think if you try this in your classroom!