Friday, September 11, 2020

Does Halloween Candy Sink or Float?

It's only September and the stores are already gearing up for Halloween.  Shelf after shelf after shelf is loaded up with bags of Halloween candy waiting for you to buy it and take it home.  Of course, we can eat the Halloween candy or pass it out to trick-or-treaters, but we can also use it to teach little ones about one of the basic fundamentals of science...

Does It Sink or Float?


Halloween Candy Sink or Float

It's never too early to introduce science to children in a fun manner.  You can use this simple science experiment to introduce new vocabulary words to your little learners:
  • sink
  • float
  • predict
  • results

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Even though this experiment is intended for our young learners, children of all ages may enjoy giving it a try.  Science is always fun... especially when Halloween candy is involved!  If you try this experiment with older children, you can introduce them to more sophisticated science concepts:
  • scientific process / method
  • trial and error
  • variables
  • observe / observation

Halloween Candy Sink or Float

Materials Needed

There are only a few items needed for this experiment.
  • 10 pieces of wrapped candy
  • bowl of water
  • pen or pencil
  • optional: Sink or Float worksheet

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Procedure

The procedure for this science experiment is not complicated at all.  Students simply drop the Halloween candy into the bowl one at a time, observe whether or not it sinks, and record the results.  Not so bad, right?

Halloween Candy Sink or Float

It'd be negligent of me if I didn't say something at this point.  Even though this is a fun and easy science experiment for kids, conducting this science experiment without any kind of focus lesson or review will keep the children entertained for a few minutes, but won't teach them much of anything.  Use this science experiment as a means to introduce and reinforce the objectives you need to teach.  

(Unless... you are using this as a party game at a Halloween party.  If that's the case... have at it and worry about the science concepts later!)

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There are several ways to fill out the Sink or Float worksheet:


1. The children can fill out all of the boxes on their own.

Does Halloween Candy Sink or Float?

2.  The children can glue the pieces of candy in the first column.
Does Halloween Candy Sink or Float?

3.  The children can eat the candy and glue the empty wrappers in the first column!
Does Halloween Candy Sink or Float?

Extend Your Learning

While doing this experiment, you may discover that the majority of wrapped chocolate candies will float.  This is because of the air in the wrappers.  Try the experiment again, but use unwrapped candy this time.  How did unwrapping the candy change the results?
Does Halloween Candy Sink or Float?

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Halloween Candy Sink or Float

To download a FREE copy of this science experiment worksheet, click on the image above.  Clicking on this image will take you to the Teachers-Pay-Teachers third party website.  This is a FREE download-- no purchase necessary.
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