Cotton Candy Preschool Science Experiment
Preschoolers will love this Cotton Candy Science experiment, perfect for a Circus Theme!
Engaging preschoolers in hands-on science experiments not only sparks their curiosity but also cultivates a love for exploration and discovery. In this simple and delicious experiment, we will combine two favorite treats to create a pretty cool reaction! Through the magical fizz and vibrant colors, preschoolers will witness a science experiment that is both educational and entertaining.
Cotton candy in itself is fascinating to preschoolers but tying it to a science experiment makes it even cooler! Science experiments spark curiosity in young children. They encourage them to ask questions, make observations, and explore the world around them. Through hands-on activities, preschoolers can actively engage with scientific concepts and develop a love for discovery. Follow along with this simple tutorial.
*We recommend using a larger cup just in case you get extra fizz!
Let's Get Started:
Before beginning the experiment ask your preschoolers if they have ever tried cotton candy and ask them to list a few characteristics of cotton candy. This is a great opportunity to teach your preschoolers about describing words.
If your preschoolers have not tried cotton candy ask them to describe what they think it taste and feels like.
You can make an anchor chart like a KWL before beginning this experiment.
Once you're ready to get started line up your clear glasses and place a handful of cotton candy. Feel free to use different colors to make it more visually appealing. You can have your preschoolers help by breaking off the pieces of cotton candy to place inside the cups.
Carefully pour seltzer water or clear soda over the cotton candy in each cup. Invite your preschoolers to do the pouring, a great hand-eye coordination practice.
Observe the fizzy reaction as the drink comes into contact with the cotton candy. Encourage your preschoolers to note the changes that happen. Discuss the fizzy reaction, asking questions such as:
Teacher tip: If you want to extend this activity try getting different colored cotton candy for a color-mixing lesson!
Once the reaction settles, let the preschoolers enjoy the fizzy cotton candy concoction.They can use spoons or their fingers to explore the texture, taste, and color combinations. There is nothing more exciting than a science experiment that you can eat or drink! We recommend including this activity during your circus theme, it will be a hit.
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