Summer Science Food!

Who doesn’t want to play with food, especially kids? With these fun little experiments the kids can eat (most of them) and also see some fun reactions with these fun Summer Science Food experiments.

Summer Science Food! by Nikki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper

These experiments do take a little time anywhere between an hour to a week or two but are totally worth it!  The smore’s activity is really fun especially for kids to see how to use solar oven and the heat to make food.  Now if you’re like me having completely melted chocolate is not how I like my smore’s but the activity was fun to see the marshmallows get soft and the chocolate melt.

Growing Bears

Gummy bears have always been a fun treat for me, they’re fruity and gummy and shaped like cute little bears.  Soaking gummy bears in 7up and making them bigger of course I’m up for that!  With this experiment it shows osmosis or in basic terms the gummy bears absorbing the 7up while still maintaining its form.  This is also a great recipe to make a flavored 7up or add some excitement to kids drinks this summer.

Summer Science Food! by NIkki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper

Supplies

  • Gummy bears
  • 7up
  • Bowl

Directions:

  1. Put gummy bears into a bowl and cover with 7up.
  2. Leave overnight or at least a couple hours.
  3. Drain gummy bears and see how they’ve grown.

Or

  1. Put gummy bears and 7up in ice cube trays, freeze.
  2. Once frozen put the ice cubes in 7up and have a fun drink.

Wiggly Worms

Wiggly worms are all over the side walk during rain storms and wiggle all over.  With this fun little experiment we will make colorful worms wiggle around in a glass.  This experiment does take a little patience.  Gummy worms also come way too big so slicing them into fourths helps make them lighter and more able to float around so this will require some adult help.

Summer Science Food! by Nikki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper

Supplies:

  • Gummy worms
  • 4 tablespoons Baking soda
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 2 cups Vinegar
  • 2 clear glasses

Directions:

  1. Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda into 1 cup warm water.
  2. Cut gummy worms into 4 thin slices and place in the baking soda water solution.  Let sit for about a half hour.
  3. Pour vinegar into another clear glass.
  4. With a fork fish out some worms and place in vinegar.  Bubbles should form and the worms will start to pop up and wiggle around.  Only put in 4 pieces otherwise they’re too heavy and it won’t work.

Solar Smore’s

Who doesn’t love Smore’s especially in Summer?  I love Smore’s and while I rather my chocolate frozen on my smore this experiment was fun watching the marshmallows get soft and the chocolate melt.  Pick a really hot day and show your kids how to make a solar oven to make delicious treats.

Summer Science Food! by Nikki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper

Supplies

  • box with a lid
  • tape
  • saran wrap
  • tin foil
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate
  • grahm crackers

Directions:

  1. line the box with tin foil on the bottom of the lid and the whole inside.
  2. tape the lid so it stands up and slightly hangs over to close but not closed, the idea is to catch the sun and direct it down into the box.
  3. place your grahm cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate on the bottom of the box stacked like a smore.
  4. cover the box with saran wrap.
  5. leave out in direct sun hitting the lid and opening until chocolate is melted. Enjoy!

Summer Science Food! by Nikki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper

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