My assistant and I conducted a fun Halloween candy science experiment. We watched as ghosts disappeared and discussed how this was possible. Wait, what? Ghosts! Peeps ghosts that is, and yes, it is possible! How? Because of dissolution.
We started out dropping the water on our ghosts with with dropper. We soon found out that we really needed to submerge the ghosts in the water to see an effect.
When we did that, we saw quicker results.
One of the first things that we observed was that the ghosts eyes came off and floated in the water.
Observation: The ghosts in the hot water dissolved faster than the ghosts in the room temperature water.
Why? Well, Peeps are full of sugar…mostly sugar. Sugar dissolves faster in hot water than it does in cold water, because hot water has more energy than cold water. When you heat water the molecules gain energy and move faster. All of those molecules moving around come into contact with the sugar in the Peeps more often and dissolve the ghosts faster.
The peeps did not dissolve all the way, but the ones in hot water definitely dissolved faster and more than the ones in the room temperature water.
This simple experiment was a great fall activity, and especially fun with ghosts close to Halloween. You could also try it around other holidays, like Christmas and Easter.
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I am so excited to share with you a super fun trick that I learned from 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, by Asia Citro. (What a great book!) Two words, Glow Vitamins . We had some spooky sensory fun with them today at Wee Warhols. We made glow paint and played around with some other glow sensory materials, by using a black light and glow vitamins.
What you will need:
Glow Vitamins You can find them at your local grocery store. Look on the back label of B-Complex or B-50 vitamins. This is what works best: thiamin-50mg, riboflavin-50mg, niacin-50mg, vitamin B6-50mg, folic acid-400mcg, vitamin B12-50mcg, biotin-50mcg, and pantothenic acid-50mg.
cooked pasta or anything else you want to use as a sensory material
We started out by crushing up a glow vitamin and adding the fine powder to some aloe vera gel to make glow paint. It was a little thick, so we added some tonic water to thin it out a bit. The quinine in the tonic water makes things glow, but mostly it is the glow vitamin powder that does the trick.
Next we added a crushed up glow vitamin to shaving cream and played around with that using the black lights. You could also paint with this using a brush or your fingers. For the glow finale we wet some left over pasta with some of the diet tonic water and added glow powder to make “glow worms”.
Tis the season to make everything glow. It is a fun sensory experience tactilely and visually. Tomorrow we will make some glow slime.