Candy Corn Layers Preschool Science Experiment
A candy corn layer experiment is perfect for the month of October, and it allows preschoolers to explore density with materials you may already have on hand. It's fun to watch the colors separate together and naturally create a layered candy corn look!
Bringing science into the early education classroom teaches young children about the importance of discovery and encourages them to wonder about the world around them. Preschoolers have a ton of questions and science experiments fosters thinking, exploration, and investigation. With autumn approaching it’s the perfect time to bring in holiday themed experiments. This candy corn experiment explores density and makes for a great addition to a Halloween theme.
*Teacher tip: For safety reasons you can also do this experiment in small clear plastic cups. Preschoolers can assist with measuring, pouring, and mixing.
Begin by pouring honey into the bottom of a glass to fill it about 1/3 of the way up. As you pour ask preschoolers what they notice about the honey.
Next, you will need to mix together water and orange food coloring. This is a great step to include preschoolers in! Once the water is to the desired orange color, spoon in or pour another 1/3 amount into your experiment glass.
Next, fill the last ⅓ of the glass with the vegetable oil. As you pour, ask your students questions about vegetable oil. Have they used it before? Have a discussion about what vegetable oil does and why it's an important ingredient in many foods.
Last, check out the awesome layered look the liquids created! As an extension you can have preschoolers look at the layered liquids and color in a blank candy corn template to match their experiment. I hope your preschoolers had fun learning about density in a fun and simple way.
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