Sink or Float Candy Science

Activity for ages 3 to 6.

This simple twist on the classic sink or float kids’ science experiment uses one of children’s favorite things {candy!} to step up the cool science factor. Just grab a handful of different types of treats, print the record sheet {below} and get ready for some scientific fun. Kids will love making and testing their sweet predictions.

Quick Candy Science for Kids

Getting Ready

Any candy would work for this science activity but I grabbed several different kinds we had sitting around from the candy lab science class I taught a few weeks ago: Gobstoppers, gummy worms, Laffy Taffies, Skittles, M&Ms, mint and Smarties.

I printed one sink or float sheet {HERE} for each of my boys, grabbed a cup of water, and invited them over to join me.

Sink or Float Candy Science

We worked together to write the name of each candy in the lefthand column of their charts. Then each boy made a prediction about whether the objects would sink to the bottom when they dropped it in the water or float on top. They marked their guesses with Xs.

Middle Brother {age 3.5} eagerly grabbed the first candy: a bright orange Skittle. He dropped it in the water and watched it sink straight to the bottom.

Sink or Float Candy Science

Both boys grabbed their crayon and placed a big O in the “sink” column so they could easily compare their predictions {marked with an X} and the result.

One candy after another, they tested whether the objects would sink or float. When the experiment was finished, I passed along an extra challenge: making a Laffy Taffy that would typically drop to the bottom of the cup instead float on top of the water.

It took a little while but they eventually found a solution.

How to make a Laffy Taffy float

The Science Behind It

Everything is made up of molecules – teeny tiny particles that can only be seen with a microscope. If those molecules are packed very closely together like an M & M, they are more dense than the water molecules and sink. If the molecules are spread apart and have space between them like a marshmallow, they are less dense than the water and float.

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4 Comments

  1. Kathy

    THIS LOOKS LIKE A FUN LESSON MY STUDENTS WOULD LOVE!

    Reply
  2. Shaimaa

    Thank you forxyour help

    Reply
    • Ashley

      You are very welcome, Shaimaa!
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply
  3. Carolina

    Great ideas live to make these activities with my preschoolers

    Reply

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