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Candy Experiments Paperback – January 1, 2013
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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, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"'Candy Experiments' is perfect for curious children of all ages, parents, home-schooling families or for teachers to use in the classroom." (Wendy Jessen, Deseret News)
(Candy Experiments) "My younger son, who is 4, loves open-ended play where he can just pour and mix and add candy as he desires, watching the colors emerge or the solutions bubble," said Viera mother of two Courtney Charles. "The older one, who is 7, loves doing actual experiments like soaking candy with leters to watch the letters float, testing for acid in the candy with baking soda, comparing candy densitites, or creating a color wheel by mixing various colors of candy." (Katie Parsons, Florida Today)
"Check out...“Candy Experiments” published by Andrews McMeel Publishing for some fantastic ideas that will give your kids something fun to do with their candy other than eating it." (Charles Stuart Platkin, News-Sentinel)
"When science is disguised as playing with your food, everyone wins." (Candy Experiments) (Donica Kaneshiro, Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
"Talk about making science sweet." (Candy Experiments) (Erin Andersen, Lincoln Journal Star)
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Top customer reviews
I purchased this book as a reference when my son needed to perform a science fair project for school. We have used it for that and more. The intro questions for the various experiments have grabbed my son's interest, and the experiments are quite achievable to do at home.
Bright colorful pages and font
Easy to understand instructions
Each experiment has time and difficulty level guide
No experiments require turning the page
All materials are readily accessible
All experiments have a write up describing chemically & physically what is happening and why
I recommend this book for science-minded kids or to encourage candy-loving kids to take an interest in science. As mentioned on the back cover, ideal age is between 7 and 10 but the book is also appealing for a wider age range. Several of the experiments do require adult supervision but some do not.