Edible Science Experiments Your Students Will Love!

Making science fun can be a piece of cake with the right recipe. These hands-on experiments will have your students eating up their science lessons.

Rock Candy Geodes

This experiment takes making rock candy to a whole new level! The end result is a beautiful edible inner rock encased in a non-edible outer rock.

The Lesson: It’s all about what happens during supersaturation.  When large amounts of sugar are combined with smaller amounts of water, the solution does not absorb all of the sugar. The undissolved sugar then hardens and crystallizes, creating a jewel-like treat. A similar process is underway when the non-edible portion of the rock is created with minerals instead of sugar.

Cereal Mining

Many popular cereals boast that they are “iron-fortified”. Why is this important and is it true? Using a powerful magnet, students will be able to figure out exactly what is in their  breakfast bowls.  

The Lesson: It’s important to know what we are putting into our bodies. This lesson also demonstrates that metal is an important component of our diets and since we can’t produce it inside our bodies, we need to get it through foods and dietary supplements.

Marshmallow Making

Although marshmallows were originally made from a marshmallow plant, these days, the sweet treat is manufactured using three simple ingredients: gelatin, corn syrup and sugar.

The Lesson: This experiment is a lesson in the forms of matter. The students will see how using different amounts of these three ingredients yields very different results. Because marshmallows melt at a temperature slightly above 98 degrees, or body temperature, they dissolve once they are placed inside the mouth.

Making Homemade Ice Cream is in the Bag

When screaming for ice cream doesn’t work, help your students make their own.

The Lesson: Students learn about how freezing temperatures can change a liquid into a solid. They will also be able to see how salt works to lower the temperature required for freezing.

These edible science experiments will not only teach your students valuable lessons about how science applies to their everyday lives, but will also get them thinking about other ways they can use science to understand and explore their worlds.

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