Candy May Rot Their Teeth But It Doesn’t Have to Rot Their Brain!

Many parents across the country will wake up tomorrow with the realization that their children possess pounds of candy. Need a creative or educational outlet for some of that candy?

Try some of the many experiments from Candy Experiements.

One of our favorites was the density rainbow

As directed on the website, we put varying amounts of skittles into different cups so the suger density was highest in the purple and then we used a dropper and put them in order of highest sugar density to lowest into a shot glass (which of course I only have around for science experiments).      We were all surprised by just how well it worked.   The rainbow lasted for a couple of days and probably would have lasted longer but I was repelled by the idea that my children were tossing around the idea of drinking it and so I had to discard it.

According to the site, nerds work for this experiment as well.

Although I didn’t get a picture of it so am stealing the one from the site, the floating letters experiment fascinated my kids as well.

Click to go to this experiment

The letters really do float up to the top!

As I mentioned in my post Homeschooling Foodie Kids we’ve also used candy to help form models of cells. Check out Cells Alive for a refresher on cell biology.
This is our animal cell:

Jordan and Alex did the nucleus (reeces peanut butter cup), cytoplasm (frosting) and mitochondria (smarties) and Aubrey did the golgi apparatus (formed laffy taffy) and the smooth and rough endoplasmic reticulum (tootsie rolls heated and formed–the rough ER had nerds attached as ribosomes and then there were also nerds throughout). M&M’s represented vessicles.

Here is our plant cell:

In addition to the organelles listed above, the chloroplasts are green taffies/now and laters and the filled marshmallow represents a vacuole (a little small, but we were working with what we had).

Candy works great for models like this.  I’m trying to think of a new model to create this year using candy.   Any ideas?

The kids are excited to do some of these again and Alex is hoping to get some candy that will work in the Acid Test to try that experiment.   I’m sure he will want to expand on it by putting it into a sealed ziploc bag and turning it into an explosion.  Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

Ack those are so cool! I especially can’t wait to try the skittles experiment!

Genius! We need to do a co-op class next November with these ideas!


6 thoughts on “Candy May Rot Their Teeth But It Doesn’t Have to Rot Their Brain!

  1. I’m so glad the density rainbow worked for you! It takes a steady hand.
    I bet your son will like the acid test, but I’m not sure you’ll get enough bubbles for an explosion unless you put in a lot of warheads. Most candy fizzes for a moment, just enough so that you see the experiment works, but is not nearly as explosive as a vinegar/baking soda volcano. If you’re interested, there’ll be way more cool experiments in the Candy Experiments book coming out in January.

    Thanks again for writing about these!

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