Fun Edible Science Experiments For Kids
Learning in the kitchen goes beyond cooking and this list of completely edible science experiments for kids, gives you activities your kids can learn from, and then eat! Kids can pick up simple science concepts and enjoy the outcome — tasting everything!
Stained Glass Candy
Help your kids learn about candy-making science with this fun and simple STEAM activity. Most clear hard candy has what scientists call a glass structure. It’s a disorganized jumble of three kinds of sugar: glucose, fructose and sucrose, which can’t assemble into organized crystals, so it remains transparent when melted which allows it to re-harden. Get instructions from Scholastic.
Edible Sedimentary Rocks for Kids
This edible sedimentary rock activity allows kids to learn about rock formations and layers. Sedimentary rocks are one of the three types of rocks along with igneous and metamorphic rocks. Making edible rock layers is a great way to visualize how the rocks are formed. Get instructions from Rainy Day Mom.
Ice Cream Science
Kids can learn just how their ice cream is made… with chemistry! The magic lies in the salt and ice mixture in the bag. Instead of placing your ice cream ingredients in the freezer, you mix together salt and ice to make a solution. Adding salt to the ice lowers the temperature at which water freezes. You will actually notice your ice melting as your ice cream ingredients start to freeze. Get instructions from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Edible Water Bottle
In this experiment, kids create waste-free water 'bottles' and will learn all about spherification and conservation. You will need some special chemicals, which are readily available online, for this edible science experiment. Get instructions from inhabitat.
Practice Serial Dilutions With Breakfast Cereal
This edible math and science project encourages kids to play with their food. Measuring breakfast cereal and milk, or food colouring and water, lets young learners experiment with serial dilutions, a technique used by scientists in real-life labs everywhere. A serial dilution is a series of sequential dilutions used to reduce a dense culture of cells to a more usable concentration. Each dilution will reduce the concentration of bacteria by a specific amount. The first part of this experiment is edible. Get instructions from Scholastic.
Making an Edible DNA Model
In this activity, use toothpicks and candy (or fruit if you prefer a healthier option) to build a DNA model. Colour coding the candies will represent the four chemicals that make up DNA code. Kids can snack on them as you discuss the purpose of each. Get instructions form wikiHow.
Kids love making volcanoes and exploring fizzy reactions, but did you know that you can also drink this crazy concoction? Usually, we associate the use of baking soda and vinegar for science experiments, but you can also drink this fizzy chemical reaction made with a few citrus fruits. Get instructions from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Yeast is required to make bread rise, but you don’t have to buy it at the store. Make your own sourdough starter using flour and water, then watch your yeast grow and multiply right before your eyes. After a week or so, you'll be able to use the sourdough starter to make a yummy loaf of bread. Get instructions from King Arthur Flour.
Edible Rock Cycle for Kids
Kids learn how metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous rocks are formed by using Starburst candies to explore the ways pressure and heat form different types of rock. Who knew geology could be so sweet? Get instructions from Lemon Lime Adventures.
Baked Potato Science
This edible science project is a fun and nutritious way to explore the scientific method in action. Kids can experiment with different methods for baking potatoes either by microwave, a traditional oven, wrapping in foil, or using baking pins. Test out hypotheses to discover which method works best. Get instructions from Left Brain Craft Brain.
Kids will learn about Fibonacci sequence, golden ratio, and density by layering different proportions of simple syrup and lemon juice (tinted with food colouring) to create a rainbow-coloured drink. The different densities of the solutions create the layers. If you're ok with the colour, kids can drink the delectable results. Get instructions from Andrea Hawksley.
Place a peeled orange and an unpeeled orange in a container of water to see which one floats and which one sinks. After you discuss the principles of buoyancy, have a healthy snack with your child. Get instructions from Playdough to Plato.