Do you have too much candy in your house this time of year? Why not turn that candy into a science experiment.
Do you know that some chocolate bars float while others sink? Let your kids find out which candy will float.
Examples: 3 Musketeers bar, Kit Kat bar, marshmallows, etc.
The science behind it: Some candy has air trapped inside. It makes it possible for it to float on water.
Example: Take a 3 Musketeers bar. Poke a hole in it. Drop it in water. Do you see bubbles escaping?
Here is a fun October activity. Collect a small and big pumpkin.
1. Make observations on the size, texture, shape, and color. You can use measuring tape to determine circumference.
2. Make predictions on how much each pumpkin weighs. Test out that hypothesis by using a scale. Then predict how much the pumpkin weighs after you scoop out the seeds. Test out that hypothesis.
3. Go on a nature walk. Find out which neighbor has the smallest and biggest pumpkin.
4. Visit a farm to select a pumpkin. You may also have an opportunity to go on a hay ride, in a corn maze, and visit the farm animals. Some local farms are:
*Green Acres Farm: 1132 Morrisville Carpenter Rd, Cary, NC 27519
*Phillips Farm: 6701 Good Hope Church Rd, Cary, NC 27519
*Ganyard Hill Farm: 319 Sherron Rd, Durham, NC
*Local grocery stores or Lowes Home Improvement: You can visit to pick pumpkins.
Do your children like to build? Here is a fun engineering challenge. You can let your kids build a structure using marshmallows or gumdrops.
*See how tall they can build a tower.
*They can build structures in the shape of a pyramid, triangle, square, or rectangle.
*They could build a house or bridge.
Let their imaginations soar.
Do your kids love candy? You can turn a treat into a science or math lesson. Let's use M&Ms as an example.
Math (3rd-5th): Chart how many of each color M&M is in the bag. What is the most frequent color? Which color is in the least? Take an average. What percentage of the bag has red M&Ms.
Math (Pre-K - 2nd): Counting up to 10 or 50. Group M&Ms into groups of five or ten. How many groups of five are in a bag. Pick 10 M&Ms. Chart how many of each color M&M is in the group.
Science (3rd-5th): With adult supervision and approval - Do Some Colors of M&Ms Melt Faster than Others?
Science (Pre-K - 1st): M&M Survival - Background | Materials | Procedure
Science (all grade levels): Floating M&Ms Science Experiment
Enjoy your STEM activity and snack!
KES STEM Team
Our STEM Team includes teachers and parents.