Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt

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Candy is more than a sugary snack.  With candy, you can become a scientific detective. You can test candy for secret ingredients, peel the skin off candy corn, or float an “m” from M&M’s. You can spread candy dyes into rainbows, or pour rainbow layers of colored water. You'll learn how to turn candy into crystals, sink marshmallows, float taffy, or send soda spouting skyward. You can even make your own lightning.

Candy Experiments teaches kids a new use for their candy.  As children try eye-popping experiments, such as growing enormous gummy worms and turning cotton candy into slime, they’ll also be learning science.  Best of all, they’ll willingly pour their candy down the drain.

Candy Experiments contains 70 science experiments, 29 of which have never been previously published.  Chapter themes include secret ingredients, blow it up, sink and float, squash it, and other fun experiments about color, density, and heat.  The book is written for children between the ages of 7 and 10, though older and younger ages will enjoy it as well.  Each experiment includes basic explanations of the relevant science, such as how cotton candy sucks up water because of capillary action, how Pixy Stix cool water because of an endothermic reaction, and how gummy worms grow enormous because of the water-entangling properties.

About Loralee Leavitt

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Loralee Leavitt received the Highlights Pewter Plate Award for Nonfiction Feature of the Year, Independent Readers for the “Candy Experiments” article published in Mothering magazine, and her articles in ParentMap helped that magazine win a Gold Award from Parenting Publications of America.  A popular freelance writer, she regularly contributes to Cricket, Scouting, Pockets, Boys’ Quest, Fun for Kidz, Writers’ Journal, and Highlights.  She has given Candy Experiments presentations at local and national events, school classrooms, science fairs, Halloween parties, and farmers’ markets.  Loralee lives in Kirkland, Washington, with her husband and three kids.
Published January 3, 2013 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC. 160 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Deseret News

Leavitt lays out easy-to-follow instructions in "Candy Experiments," showing how to perform tests on candy from Halloween, Valentine's Day or Easter.

Feb 09 2013 | Read Full Review of Candy Experiments


The result of their curiosities blooms in the dozens of diverting experiments in Candy Experiments and on Leavitt's blog.

Feb 12 2013 | Read Full Review of Candy Experiments

Gr 3–6—This book of tricks with treats coats scientific principles and properties like molecular structure and attraction, and volume, mass, and density with layers of sugar. Grouped by physical properties that include "Color," "Secret Ingredients," and "Sticky" or processes like "Blow It Up," "S...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Candy Experiments

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