*This post is for information and educational purposes. Always ensure adult supervision when conducting science experiments.
Welcome to our little science experiment inspired by Goosebumps. (speaking in a ghoulish voice)
My son is a big fan of Goosebumps; so much so that he watches a Goosebumps film at least once a week. In the special features part of the Goosebumps 2 DVD, there are a few science experiments, explained by Slappy the Dummy and demonstrated by the actors in the movie.
Attack of the Gummy Bears
My son decided that he wanted to try out the Gummy Bears Experiment. In this experiment, we needed to find out what will happen to the Gummy Bears when placed into different liquids?
What we needed:
- Gummy Bears
- vegetable oil
- white vinegar
- 4 clear cups
- a pen
- 1 piece of paper
I asked my son what he thought might happen to each of the Gummy Bears when placed into a different liquid. I gave him a few examples of words while showing him the materials and also using my hands to show him big, small…etc
Here is a table of what my son thought the outcome would be:
1) We used a pen to write out the different labels onto paper (water, salt-water, vegetable oil, vinegar).
2) I cut out the 4 labels using a pair of scissors.
3) My son placed each label onto the clear cups using Sellotape.
4) We filled each cup halfway with the liquid labelled on the cup.
5) My son placed a Gummy Bear each into a cup.
6) We left the Gummy Bears in the solution for 15 hours.
We used what is called a controlled Gummy Bear (an original Gummy Bear from the packet) to compare the other Gummy Bears with.
My son and I said that it would have been better to keep the Gummy Bears in the liquid longer, so next time we would leave them in the liquid for 24 hours oppose to 15 hours.
We guessed our measurements, so next time it would be better to measure the liquid using a measuring jug so that each cup would have an equal amount of liquid in.
We used green, yellow and orange Gummy Bears (we ate half of the pack while setting up the experiment…oops!) Next time we will use all the same colour Gummy Bears.
I would love to do more science experiments for kids with my son at home. If anyone has any ideas of what our next experiments could be, please leave a message down below.
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