Easter typically involves candy, and we got some science experiment mileage out of it by seeing what we could do with our candy other than eat it! First, we microwaved jelly beans and gummy bears. The jelly beans (above) developed an interesting stringy texture (photo above), while the gummy bears melted quickly into a shapeless, jello-type glob:
Then the kids, of course, wanted to repeat our growing gummy candy experiment! They decided to see if stirring the gummy bears would speed up the process:
It didn’t seem to make any difference, apart from making the bears a little worse for the wear and tear (Lily’s wound up disintegrating, possibly due to fork-inflicted wounds). But there was a beautifully dramatic difference the next morning:
We didn’t have any Peeps in the house to experiment with, but they are highly entertaining science material – just check out this fabulous series of Peep Experiments at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.
Want to combine candy and math? Here’s a simple statistics experiment that will stump most adults!