Overview

Candy is more than a sugary snack.  With candy, you can become a scientific detective. You can test candy for secret ingredients, peel the skin off candy corn, or float an “m” from M&M’s. You can spread candy dyes into rainbows, or pour rainbow layers of colored water. You'll learn how to turn candy into crystals, sink marshmallows, float taffy, or send soda spouting skyward. You can even make your own lightning.

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Candy Experiments

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Overview

Candy is more than a sugary snack.  With candy, you can become a scientific detective. You can test candy for secret ingredients, peel the skin off candy corn, or float an “m” from M&M’s. You can spread candy dyes into rainbows, or pour rainbow layers of colored water. You'll learn how to turn candy into crystals, sink marshmallows, float taffy, or send soda spouting skyward. You can even make your own lightning.

            Candy Experiments teaches kids a new use for their candy.  As children try eye-popping experiments, such as growing enormous gummy worms and turning cotton candy into slime, they’ll also be learning science.  Best of all, they’ll willingly pour their candy down the drain.

            Candy Experiments contains 70 science experiments, 29 of which have never been previously published.  Chapter themes include secret ingredients, blow it up, sink and float, squash it, and other fun experiments about color, density, and heat.  The book is written for children between the ages of 7 and 10, though older and younger ages will enjoy it as well.  Each experiment includes basic explanations of the relevant science, such as how cotton candy sucks up water because of capillary action, how Pixy Stix cool water because of an endothermic reaction, and how gummy worms grow enormous because of the water-entangling properties.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—This book of tricks with treats coats scientific principles and properties like molecular structure and attraction, and volume, mass, and density with layers of sugar. Grouped by physical properties that include "Color," "Secret Ingredients," and "Sticky" or processes like "Blow It Up," "Squash It," and "Dissolve This," the activities begin with an introductory question and tend to flow incrementally. Each one includes the time required, a list of ingredients (mostly found in the candy aisle), step-by-step directions, and a discussion, including a cursory scientific explanation. A follow-up variation extends the inquiry. Skill levels have more to do with safety concerns and manual dexterity than concepts covered. Knowledge of scientific terms like "acid," "base," "electron," and "molecule" are assumed. From the candy-colored cover to the index separated by lettered M&M's, eye-appeal abounds. Photographs of candy and experiments are well done although some experiments need more of them for clarity. Both topic and presentation will attract kids with a sweet tooth, but the book is not a necessary addition.—Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449418373
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 494,169
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Loralee Leavitt received the Highlights Pewter Plate Award for Nonfiction Feature of the Year, Independent Readers for the “Candy Experiments” article published in Mothering magazine, and her articles in ParentMap helped that magazine win a Gold Award from Parenting Publications of America.  A popular freelance writer, she regularly contributes to Cricket, Scouting, Pockets, Boys’ Quest, Fun for Kidz, Writers’ Journal, and Highlights.  She has gives Candy Experiment presentations at local and national events—school classrooms and science fairs, Halloween parties, and farmers’ markets.  Loralee lives in Kirkland, Washington, with her husband and three kids.
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