My 9 year old loves an easy science experiment at home. I wanted to try a fun experiment with her but with a Christmas twist and came up with a really fun dissolving candy cane experiment. My daughter just loves a candy cane and the skittles experiment we did earlier this year inspired us to do something similar with candy canes. This simple winter craft activity is great for keeping kids entertained whilst learning.
For our Candy cane experiment you will need:
Pack of candy canes
Dissolving Candy Cane experiment
Candy canes are pretty much pure sugar with a little food colouring, which means this makes this simple dissolving candy cane experiment is perfect for all ages.
This easy winter craft activity is great for keeping kids entertained whilst having fun. I’m a huge fan of STEM play, and children don’t realise all the skills they are using whilst exploring what happens to the candy canes in various liquids!
First you need to gather your equipment. We decided which liquids we wanted to try dissolving our candy canes in and the children chose tap water, sparkling water, milk, coke and vinegar. Then they carefully measured the same amount of liquid into each plastic cup to make sure it was a fair experiment. You can judge the amount by eye or use a measuring cup or jug.
My son carefully prepared sticky labels for each cup, just to make sure we didn’t mix up the liquids.
At this stage we decided to predict the results. Each child had a piece of paper where we wrote down each liquid and put them in the order we thought the candy cane would dissolve first.
Next we placed a candy cane upside down in each cup and set a timer going to record the results.
The results were not as quick as they were in our Smarties experiment but you could see the effect each liquid had on the candy cane. We sat and watched as the candy canes dissolved in the liquids, turning them a strange colour.
We noticed that the piece of candy cane in the liquid gradually dissolved away and the remainder collapsed into the liquid. At this stage we recorded the time and made a note of it until all five candy canes had collapsed.
Our predictions didn’t turn out as we expected they would. We predicted that vinegar and coke would help the candy canes dissolve the fastest but it actually turned out that they dissolved quickest in water. They had all dissolved within 45 minutes so this isn’t the quickest experiment but it’s great for getting the children to talk about what is happening and see how their predictions turn out.
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