Due to COVID-19, I now find myself trying to come up with educational yet entertaining ways to keep three children busy. As we practice social distancing, we decided to incorporate science experiments into our new daily routine. I decided to share today’s science experiment with my readers in case anyone else is also looking for simple, low cost ways to entertain their children.
Tonight, we decided to try an experiment called Candy Coating Revealed from the National Geographic Kids website. This website has several straightforward children’s experiments. Most of the experiments require minimal ingredients that you likely have at home. Since most of our stores are closing or have reduced hours, we wanted experiments that had items already in our home. This experiment fit the bill perfectly!
What ingredients do you need? All you need are some containers, different candies with colored coating, and a few liquids. We used Skittles, Sugar Babes, and Nerds for the candies. In retrospect, apparently Sugar Babes do not have a colored candy coating. The children did not care though. For our liquids, we used water, peroxide, and vinegar.
What do you do after you gather your ingredients? Put candy in your dishes. Have your children write down their hypothesis about which candies will dissolve first. Next, have your children write down their hypothesis about which liquid will dissolve the candies fastest. Next, fill your dishes with your liquids. Then sit back and watch your experiment!
My Review of the Experiment
This experiment was perfect to do with young kids! The experiment was really simple to do. This is a huge plus when you have three kids who all want to bounce and talk over each other. This experiment was also budget friendly. The candy was only $3 total. We had everything else we needed in the house already. The experiment was fast (under 30 minutes). I wanted to avoid longer experiments, because little kids have notoriously short attention spans. Another thing I liked about this experiment is it was easy to modify so the kids could create different hypothesises.
Overall, this was a cheap way to entertain the kids for a while. I have included the link to the National Geographic Kids’ experiment, so that it is easy to find. Happy experimenting!