We have long been in “love” with Loralee Leavitt’s, Candy Experiments book. We have used it to blow-up Peeps, float “s”‘s off of Skittles – you will never look at one again with the same ardor – study color, chemical bonds, saturation, breaking and making molecules, etc. WELL… Loralee sent me her second book, Candy Experiments 2. It does not fail. There is bashing. There is rock salt. There is sugar. There is heat. There are oooohhh’s and ahhhh’s. And there is the end of the dreaded…. dah dah dah…. (yes – cue music)… PEEP! Prior to her books, we used her website http://www.candyexperiments.com for free ideas for candy fun. I often used it to reinforce something or make it more fun, connected, and tangible. Extensions rock. Contrived extensions. Not so much. Loralee has TONS of experiments broken down for the “non-science” mom by topic. Afterschool, homeschool, or just kid/parent or kid/kid fun. Oh, I’m the blow-it-up, eewie gooey science mom. Yep… bring on the frog guts and chemical explosions. Rid us of the PEEPS!
Sidenote: Do I seem to have Peep-ish issues? Hmm. Why doth Laffy Taffy not bring out the guttural rage that Peeps do? I think it has something to do with the crunch of the sugar, the list of unreadable ingredients, the commercialism… not t.v., but in the store. Really? Does everything have to be “cutsie” Peeps? “Mommy, look at the cute little Minion peeps.” “Oh, Mommy they made the Peep a new color of pink…” (that doesn’t exist in nature). Or, “Oh me, oh my. Peeps super-sized dipped in chocolate!” I’m just saying. Perhaps I’ve tied it to McD’s french fries never degrading. You find those buggers under seats and they NEVER mold. Well, the same is true with Peeps. Put them away. Pull them out. Same as ever. And the tee shirts with the Peeps and the sweet eyes. Kill me now!
So, the idea to DESTROY, force jousting, shatter, force to dance, and KILL PEEPS makes me giddy with joy! There is one up. If we load them into St. Nicholas shoes or Christmas stockings, I am guaranteed NEVER to eat the candy. I’ll take that. Hmm. I might post that on THM. Good sugar avoidance strategy.
“Candy is more than a sugary snack. With candy, you can become a scientific detective. You can test candy for secret ingredients (PEEEEPS), peel the skin off candy corn, or float an “M” from M&M’s.” That is on the first Candy Experiments book, and boy is it an understatement! We decided to focus on one candy… cotton candy. My hopes: the children will not want a cotton candy maker for Christmas. Ha! As if! We took two experiments – one from each book. One focusing on chemistry and polymers. The other focusing on viscosity and sugar crystals. Oh, and JJ just yelled that we have to buy every sticky candy so he can make candy art. Loralee… your next idea. We are doing sticky candy science experiment – which is the most sticky. It’s art, too. I pray no one plans on ingesting that, but now we have my “toss out food” hang-up. More to come….
Off to the Dollar Store to find cotton candy and every sticky candy. Field trips are fun!
No go and kill those Peeps… sorry Lord. St. Michael, the Archangel… I’m praying…