Candy cane science in preschool

We explored candy cane science in preschool today by starting with the question, “What will happen to the candy cane if we let it sit in warm water?”

The children started with a clear plastic cup, water, and a candy cane…

The children filled their cup almost full with warm water…

Next, the children placed their candy cane into the water and stirred it around…

As the children stirred, we invited them to observe the water and to see what is happening to their candy cane.  After a few minutes they could easily see that the red stripe on the candy cane was going away and that the water was turning pink in color…

The children set their cups up in the center of the table while they ate snack so they could check back on the progress of their candy canes…

By the time the children finished snack time, they discovered that all of their candy canes were now white and were becoming smaller and thinner in size…

During snack time

After snack time

And by the time the children were ready to go home, the candy canes were completely gone. A total time of about 1.5 hours passed by from the beginning to the end of this experiment…

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By |2017-03-28T22:27:01+00:00December 13th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Brenna December 13, 2012 at 7:17 am - Reply

    I like this experiment. Good idea.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      It’s one of my favorites!

  2. Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning December 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. My daughter loves the idea of candy canes, but doesn’t like the taste. We are quickly collecting a bunch as we are out at holiday activities and parades, so I have been making a list of a few activities to do with them next week. This will be a perfect addition to our list.

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