Popcorn and Candy
Popcorn and candy are a match made in snack heaven. Let your curious kindergartener experiment with the tasty combo as you sneak a little compare and contrasting practice into the mix -- she won't even notice as she gobbles up these delicious treats!
What You need:
- Popped popcorn
- 2 paper bags
- 2 plates
- Chocolate candies
- Sour candies
- Microwave oven
What You Do:
- Have your child divide the popcorn into the two paper bags.
- Let your child add the chocolate candies to one of the bags.
- Have her roll the top of the bag to close it.
- Make sure her hand is securely holding the top of the bag before letting her shake it.
- Have her place the bag in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds.
- Help her check to see if the candy has started to melt. If not, microwave for another 30 seconds.
- Have your child take out the bag and pour the heated contents onto a plate.
- Now let her add the sour candies to the remaining bag of popcorn.
- Have her carefully repeat steps 3-7 with this second bag of popcorn and candy.
- Set the two plates side by side and study them with your child. Which one looks yummier to her? Have her think about all her senses -- except taste! That will come later. Do the two plates of popcorn smell the same? How do the melted chocolates feel compared to the melted sour candies?
- Have her use a pencil to write down her observations on a piece of paper.
- Time for the fun part of the test! Let your child make her final observation by comparing the taste of both popcorns.
- Which one does she like better? Have her write down her answer. Was it the same one she predicted she would like based on looks alone?
- Brainstorm with your child other tasty ingredients that might go well with popcorn. Nuts, fruit or pretzels are all fun options to try.