6 Fun Science Experiments For Kids Using Candy
Keeping kids entertained can be a full-time job — just ask any parent, teacher, or caretaker! So if you want to keep your kids busy, let them have some fun, and learn some science all at the same time, you'll all love these 6 fun science experiments that will teach them more about their favorite treats in a creative way.
1. Rainbow Swirl
- hot water
1.1. Arrange the skittles in a circle or square on a plate and pour hot water into the center. The colors will begin to bleed, creating a beautiful rainbow pattern.
2. Dancing Gummy Worms
- gummy worms
- baking soda
2.1 Cut each gummy worm into thirds.
2.2 Mix some baking soda and water together in a bowl, place the gummy worms into the solution, and let sit for 15 minutes.
2.3 Pour the vinegar into a glass and add the gummy worms. Thanks to the gas bubbles, the worms will look like they're coming to life.
3. M&M'S Without the "M"
3.1 Place a few M&M'S in a glass and add some water. Wait 10 minutes and the "M" will begin to detach itself from the candy shells, as if by magic. This is because the letters are printed on edible paper, which breaks off from the candy when exposed to water.
4. Shrinking & Growing Gummy Bears
- gummy bears
- lemon-lime soda
- salt water
4.1 Lay out 3 bowls and pour one of the following liquids into each bowl: water, lemon-lime soda, and salt water. Place some gummy bears in each bowl and wait 4 hours. Watch the gummy bears shrink and grow before your very eyes because of osmosis.
5. Coke & Mentos Eruption
- diet or sugar-free coke
5.1 Place a few mentos inside a bottle of coke and take cover. The mixture of the candy and soda releases carbon dioxide, which causes the liquid to foam and erupt from the bottle.
6. Rainbow in a Glass
- 5 bowls
- warm water
- tall glass
6.1 Add 2 spoons of warm water to each bowl.
6.2 Add 2 red skittles to the first bowl, 4 orange skittles to the second bowl, 6 yellow skittles to the third bowl, 8 green skittles to the fourth bowl, and 10 purple skittles to the fifth bowl.
6.3 Since skittles are made of sugar, they will completely dissolve in water. The higher the sugar content of a liquid, the more dense it is. Now use a pipette to place the colored sugar water in a tall glass. Start with the purple liquid, as it has the most sugar and therefore the highest density. Then add the green liquid, then the yellow liquid, then the orange liquid, and finally the red liquid to the glass. Because of the different densities, the colors in the glass settle in layers and don't mix with each other.
These 6 cool science experiments are perfect for kids' parties and after-school projects. They're fun, keep the little ones happy, and are an entertaining way to learn science.