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Halloween Candy Science

Halloween Candy Science
School Age Program
Grades K-5

(A great excuse to make a mess!)

If you have looked at this blog before you may have noticed I did a candy science program back in February of this year. That program was a huge hit so I decided to redo it and use Halloween candy this October. Last time I failed and took zero pictures, I have corrected that mistake! I now have pictures of my setup!

Here are the experiments that we did.

Sink or Float

At the start of the program I handed out a chart with the candy bars listed in one column with additional colums for predictions and results. We talked about what a hypothesis/prediction was and what an outcome/result meant. When I unwrapped each candy bar I had them observe the smell, weight, look of the bar and asked them if they thought it would sink or float, and why. 

This is such a simple experiment and the kids just love it. This time we used a KitKat, a York Peppermint Patty, and a Reese Cup. I had the kids write their predictions down and then we recorded the results as a group. 

Station Experiments

After our group experiment I handed them an observation sheet divided into two parts. One where they could write what they thought an experiment was going to do and the other to write what actually happened. I explained each station and had them pick one and rotate after ten minutes.

Station One: Jell-O Explosions

At this stations each child choose one cup. In the cup I had one tsp. of baking soda and 1 tsp. of different colors/flavors of Jell-O. They were supposed to guess what color was in their cup from the smell then drop small amounts of vinegar into the mixture to see their color bubble and reveal itself. This was the experiment that actually worked the best in my personal opinion. 

Station Two: FrankenWorms

At this station there were cups of gummy worms mixed with 3 TBS. of baking soda and a little water. I made this mixture ahead of time, about 15 minutes before the program began. As a  group the kids dropped the worms into a cup of vinegar where they were supposed to dance around and look like they came alive. As best ours just fizzled, nothing too exciting.

This station looked awesome in theory and in the YouTube videos I saw. If anyone can actually get this to work, especially in a group setting, please let me know.

Station Three: Dissolving Candy Corn

At this station each kid choose three cups and put a few pieces of candy corn in each cup. I then helped them add vegetable oil, water, and vienegar to the separate cups. The kids then obsevsed the different reactions the liquids had on the solids(the candy corn). 

Station Four: Sink the Marshmallows

The objective of this station was to sink a minature marshmallow by smashing, smooshing, rolling it in cornstarch etc. The kids had a very messy fun time trying to get this to work. I believe only a few accomplished the task but everyone had fun.

At the end of the program the kids recieved a Ring Pop and a ticket to the Indianapolis Children's Museum Haunted House that we had leftover from our Summer Reading Program..


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