Experiments are a fun part of our home schooling adventure. Since the kids are still young (3 and 6), I try and base them on things that they like and/or that are easy to visualize. Since all kids love candy and I’d planned to have them count, sort, and graph candy before they ate it anyway, might as well add a little science to it, right?
I used the Candy Heart Science Observations sheets from Curriculum Castle (teachers pay teachers freebie). For an easy pin to use later, click here: Candy Heart Science Experiment. I don’t see any reason this couldn’t be duplicated later with different types of candy (or as a good use up for Halloween candy!)
After several hours, these were our results. Even the smallest kids can appreciate the different reactions, and learn about observation, and how things change over time. Just don’t let them drink it. Shudder. Mine did want the candy-laced soda. I said no, and shooed them away. They did however, graph and count, and then eat their tiny boxes of hearts. For the graphing page(s) please click this pin: Graphing candy hearts.
My 6 year old used the observation sheet and wrote down her full results (7 am, 12:30 and 5:30 pm observations) as well as what happened when she TOUCHED all of them. Good times. I particularly like the lovey-dovey rings the vinegar left on the bottom of the measuring cup after sitting on the bottom for a while.
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