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Easy Science Experiments For Kids: Grow the candy

Here follow my instructions for growing the candy experiment. Have your kids ever asked – can I get some more candy? 😉 If you are a parent, I think you likely have come across this question. How about making the candy you have bigger?

Remember to start the experiment with a hypothesis, what do you think will happen?

Instructions for parents: Read this first.

Material included:

  • Jelly candy
  • Water

Additional things you will need:

  • One glass

Description:

  1. Fill a glass halfway with cold water.
  2. Add a piece of jelly candy to the glass. Keep a piece of jelly candy outside the glass as a reference.
  3. Let the glass stand for 24 hours.
  4. Pick up the jelly candy from the water and compare it to the piece that was outside.
  5. What happened?

Explanation:

The reason why the jelly candy gets bigger is that the water has been sucked into it and made it swell. This phenomenon is called osmosis.

This works because the water can move in and out of the candy bite, but the sugar and protein in the piece of candy can’t. The water wants to be “fair” and distribute itself in the same concentration both in the water and inside the piece of candy, which means that the candy bite grows slowly.

To see others do the experiment look at this video:

Click the link to get to my Kids Christmas Calendar for more experiments.

Do you have any questions or comments about the experiment? Just leave a comment below!

Thanks!

Marika

Click the link to get to my Kids Christmas Calendar for more experiments.

Do you have any questions or comments about the experiment? Just leave a comment below!

Thanks!

Marika

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