One day when she was sorting through her Halloween candy, my daughter asked a life-changing question: "What would happen if I put these Nerds in water?"  I got her a glass, and she conducted her first candy experiment.

Years later, we're still going.  We've stretched, soaked, sunk, dissolved, microwaved, ovened, frozen, and smashed every kind of candy we own.  We've tested candy for air bubbles, oil, and acid.  We've mixed colors into Koolaid-like solutions, separated candy colors with chromatography, and painted with them.  On the way, we've learned about science and nutrition, and had a lot of fun. We've also presented our experiments to thousands of people at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., appeared on television and radio shows, and showed them off at school science fairs. Our books, Candy Experiments and Candy Experiments 2, have even more mind-boggling science experiments. 

As a mother of four and a freelance writer with a science background, I'm always excited by new science activities for kids.  That's why I want to share our candy experiments with you.  Enjoy!
Candy Experiments
by 6-year-old Katherine

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  1. you guys should put the reaserch and bibliography of your projects!!!.... just saying.

  2. Thanks for the idea. I'll look into it.

  3. very glad to have found the article in November 2010's Parents magazine...what a fantabulous webiste! GREAT idea and THANKS for sharing

  4. Do you have an option to subscribe to your posts by e-mail? I would really like to sign up if you do!

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  5. My kids had such a great time with these experiments! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I'm honored that you found my link to you!

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the chromatography suggestion! I've been looking at other experiments you have listed on this site - my son and I are going to have fun trying them!

  7. I just found your blog and I am excited to start trying things!

    1. Check out www.easybib.com for citation guidelines. They've got good information!


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