PEEPS® are an essential part of Easter at our house. But this year, rather than simply eating the fluffy marshmallow goodness, we decided to make our PEEPS® experience a little more educational with PEEPS® science experiments.
We decided to conduct a series of easy STEM activities on the PEEPS®. We did both PEEPS® candy science experiments and some engineering experiments with our PEEPS® chicks.
PEEPS® Science Experiments
PEEPS® Candy Science: Will it Float?
This was our easiest experiment and could work for preschool through elementary. For this experiment you will need:
- PEEPS® chicks
- Small container
- Various liquids
Step 1: I asked Monkey if she thought the PEEPS® chicks would float in water. She said no.
Step 2: We filled a small container with water and set our PEEPS® inside. Monkey was surprised to see they floated.
Step 3: I explained to Monkey that it was the high air content in the PEEPS® that made them float in the liquid. PEEPS® are less dense than liquid, which makes them float.
Variation: Place PEEPS® in liquids of various kinds and see what happens in each liquid. Do the PEEPS® respond differently in different liquids?
PEEPS® Science Experiments: How Temperature Affects PEEPs
After floating the PEEPS®, Monkey wanted to know if frozen PEEPS® would also float. We froze one, then placed it in the liquid. Even though it was denser, it still floated. We then talked about how freezing the PEEPS® changed the texture, hardness, and stickiness of the PEEPS®.
Variation: You could also heat the PEEPS® to see how heat changes them. However, I didn’t want such brutal results, so we kept our PEEPS® whole.
PEEPS® Candy Science: Color Mixing
Monkey noticed that when we floated the PEEPS®, the water changed color. She hypothesized that when we added the yellow PEEPS® to the blue water, it would turn green.
Step 1: We removed the blue PEEPS® from the water.
Step 2: We placed the yellow PEEPS® into the water and waited about 30 seconds.
Step 3: Within seconds, the water changed to a bright turquoise. Monkey was surprised it wasn’t a deeper green, but she was happy to see her hypothesis proven.
Variation: If you have additional colors of PEEPS® (they have purple, pink, green, orange, white, yellow, and blue in the PEEPS® store), try mixing other colors to see how many you can come up with!
Monkey had a lot of fun trying out these PEEPS® candy science experiments. I loved that the experiments were easy and didn’t take many supplies or a lot of time.*****************
Have you ever done any PEEPS® candy science experiments?
More PEEPS® Science Experiments for Kids
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Books about Peeps
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