If you love candy canes, and you love science, then you’ll love this list of candy cane science experiments!
Because let’s face it, what else are you going to do with those thousands of candy canes that the kiddos come home with?
They are sticky, they are messy, and they always end up on the carpet, couch, or stuck to your child’s hair.
Much better for the candy canes to remain in science class.
And teachers, I suggest doing these candy cane science experiments in a classroom that has a hard floor, if you can manage.
Why Do Candy Cane Science?
Candy cane science is a fun way to bring seasonal themes into the classroom. Children in elementary school and middle school sometimes have a difficult time embracing the world of science and scientific themes.
But if you add in an element of fun, like Christmas candy canes, then science becomes a lot more fun.
With hands-on activities, kids can see that science is enjoyable, which helps them get through the slightly more boring side of science.
What Can Kids Learn with Candy Cane Science?
In these experiments kids will be introduced to some of the following themes:
- States of matter
- Mixtures and solutions
- Chemical bonds
- Non-Newtonian fluids
- Ionic bonds
- Crystal formation
- Scientific method
- Scientific thinking
- Chemical reactions
- Types of strength
There are a lot more themes that kids can learn too! Many of these experiments will also work with NGSS science standards, so be sure to check out that link for a list of standards.
The Complete List of Candy Cane Science Experiments
If you love candy canes, prepare to be delighted with this assortment of the easiest and cleverest candy cane science experiments in existence.
These experiments are perfect for elementary science class, and even for middle school science experiments to take a break from harder activities and just have a bit of fun in the STEM classroom!
Parents can also do these candy cane science experiments with their kids on winter break. We always like to add some candy cane fun to our winter holidays!
There are so many ways for kids to learn with a simple candy cane!
Start with a classic, the Candy Cane Slime!
These Salt Crystal Candy Canes can also be used as ornaments when they are done!
Learn about solutions, dissolving, evaporation, and other fun science themes with the Dissolving Candy Cane Science Experiment.
If you don’t have candy canes but do have peppermint flavoring, you can make the Peppermint Slime Science Experiment!
If you want to blow your kiddos’ minds, the bending candy cane challenge is tons of fun!
Curious what part of the candy cane is the strongest? Find out in this candy cane strength experiment!
Combine chemistry with candy canes in the fizzing candy cane challenge.
Find out what color of candy cane dissolves the fastest in this color dissolving experiment.
Watch candy canes dance in this candy cane dancing experiment.
Find out how temperature changes candy canes in this experiment.