You can’t get through Easter without seeing (and enjoying!) lots of marshmallow Peeps. If your children get a lot of these sugary treats this year, why not save a few to try some science experiments with? Peeps make the perfect specimen for your science Experiments, so take a look below and these fun science experiments for kids using marshmallow Peeps.
5 Science Experiments for kids using Peeps.
Begin by collecting data on your Peep. Write down how much it weighs, how long it is, the color, texture, and even the ingredients that make it up if you wish. Scientists love collecting data!
2. Sink the Peep
Get a bowl of water and place a Peep in it. As you will see, Peeps float! See if children can sink the Peep. Ask them to come up with ways to try to get the Peep to sink to the bottom of the bowl. Flattening it, tying objects to it, etc. are all ideas.
3. Freeze the Peep
Can a Peep freeze? How long does it take? What will happen to it? Will it shrink? Answer all of the questions when you place a Peep on a plate and set it in the freezer. Allow it to sit for several hours and see what happens.
4. Dissolve the Peep
Can you dissolve a Peep into liquid? Possibly. Give it a try! Get a plan of water and heat the water to a slow bowl. Add the Peep. Make a prediction about how long it will take (if it works at all) for the Peep to dissolve.
5. Puffed Up Peeps
In this activity, children will learn what happens to Peeps when heat is added to them. Place a few Peeps spaced out on a microwave-safe plate. Set the plate in the microwave and turn it on high for 30 seconds. While it is cooking, ask children their predictions about what they think will happen to the Peep. Remove the plate and take a look at the Peep. It will be about 5 times its original size! This is the perfect chance to talk about why things expand when heat is applied.
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See how fun science experiments for kids can be when you use Peeps? Give these science experiments a try and use all of the Easter Peeps up in a way that is fun and informative.