But what next? When I went to hide the rest of the stash I found that there was still candy from Easter up on top of the fridge. That was when I remembered a very cool website I had seen about a better way to put your candy to use. At our house the choices are fairly clear. Throw it away, put it on top of the fridge to wait to be thrown away at a much later date, or try some really fun science projects with it.
My kids picked choice number three.
Some of the leftover Easter stuff.
A whole bucket of new Halloween loot.
Already grossed out? It's a little early for that!
You can just tell he is going to be a BIG help...
Warm water vs cold water
Which works better?
Doesn't that look appealing?
He sure is concentrating on something
Less then half way through Zion decided that he was a gorilla
and entertaining faces was the entirety of his input for the rest of the experiments.
At least he tried.
Canaan loved every minute.
Bubble gum made an interesting texture when melted in water.
Several candies let off a waxy substance which floated up to the top of the bowl or cup when they dissolved.
But in all our work we only found one candy that floated, and I have no idea what it was called. I had never seen it before, and Canaan had torn up the wrapper before we knew it was going to be something special.
The colors from skittles and jelly beans did not transfer to coffee filters very well... m&m's are supposed to work, but we weren't willing to sacrifice them.
By far the favorite of the day was adding baking soda to dissolved sweet-tarts. They fizz and bubble like a miniature volcano. Smarties worked a little bit, but nothing like Sweet-tarts. They win, hands down!
It was a day full of fun, and experimenting. Learning, instead of simply throwing away.
The rest of the hard candies, safe for travel, will go into the Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
Don't forget to start packing yours this week. The Christmas countdown begins, because giving time starts now!
Waste not, Want not my friends.