We keep experimenting here, although it's harder when Katherine is in school for so long. One of our latest: chewing Wintergreen Lifesavers in the dark. They really do make flashes of light! Try it in a dark bathroom so you can see the flashes in the mirror, and chew with your mouth open; "bad manners chewing," as my four-year-old said.
Moms, teachers, and community planners love candy experiments. Here's what people have emailed to www.candyexperiments.com:
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--"I am a Special Education teacher. My current students are ages 12 - 17, but function at approximately the first grade level. Finding science experiments that are age appropriate while engaging has always been difficult. I your experiments in a magazine and wanted to say thank you for sharing them. I have done a few of them with my students and they love them, They are learning, making predictions and suggesting changes and other variations of the projects you suggested. Thank you again."
--"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I recently read about your Halloween candy experiments in Family Fun. Since last Halloween, we have drastically changed our eating habits to be very much whole foods, with very little added anything. This, of course, poses a problem with Halloween traditions and the candy we collect at Fall Festival parades.
I thought, "What a great idea!" when I read about your experiments...then I showed it to my 4 and 5 year olds. They are so excited to experiment with candy. They want have a candy experimenting party and invite other kids. My five year old tells everyone what his plans are with the candy we collect. They don't seem to be upset about not eating all of it.
Thank you for helping us eat healthier!"
In the interests of candy science, my kids and I continue to experiment. We're looking forward to collecting new test material come Halloween.
So much depends... No, I haven't seen your plums. So much depends... Who let the chickens out? Can't you see it's raining out there? So much depends... I don't care if you were going to eat them for breakfast, I haven't seen them. So much depends... Wait, did you say plums?