It’s possible I have an obsession with candy science. It’s just so much fun and it’s automatically engaging because…well, it’s candy!
Today we’re using jelly beans!
First are two experiments that you can get started at the same time: Sink or Float? and Disappearing Jelly Beans.
For these experiments you will need:
- 4 cups
- 5 jelly beans – one for each cup, plus a control
- Banking soda
- Start by 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 tablespoon of baking soda to the next cup. Stir to dissolve.
- Make a hypothesis about weather you think the jelly beans will sink or float.
7. Make a hypothesis abut what will happen to the jelly beans in each solution.
9. Let your jelly beans soak for about 20 minutes.
10. Document and summarize your results.
These results are fun to compare with marshmallow peeps in the same solutions, too, because the results are slightly different. You can see the Peeps results here.
Extend the jelly bean fun with a science snack using chocolate and jelly beans to make Bunny Bait!
For this science snack you will need:
- melting chocolate (any color)
- jelly beans
- parchment paper
- a cookie sheet
- Start by making observations and a hypothesis about what will happen when you heat the chocolate.
3. Document your results.
5. Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper.
7. Allow to harden, then break into pieces.
You can find the lab books for these activities in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here.
What kind of science is your class doing this spring?