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October 2, 2018

Candy Experiments and Buybacks: Get Rid of Your Halloween Candy

By Megan Power
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Halloween is an exciting holiday for our students. They get to dress up in costumes and run around the neighborhood, filling up bags with free candy. What could be bettert? But where does all that candy end up after the excitement dies down? Read more to discover what you can do with that candy, besides eat it.

    Use Candy as a Teaching Tool

    Many people joke about how teachers find treasures in other people’s junk. So, why not encourage your students to bring in some of their candy to use during science class?

    Candy Experiments has a good selection of simple science experiments using household materials and holiday candy. Students test candy for secret ingredients and spread candy dyes into rainbows.

    My students love to make the M's and S's float off M&Ms and Skittles. Students are wowed by the separation of colors experiment, and they can’t stop testing all their candy for acidity.

    Experimenting with candy is a child-centered way to learn about science and nutrition while having a lot of fun!

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    Create with It

    Another idea is to use the candy to create art. In my kindergarten class we are learning about the seasons and the growing process. We used candy to make a candy tree with all of the tree parts including roots, trunk, branches, and leaves. Then we had our tree change with the seasons all using candy! The students had a memorable experience and will always remember the arts of a plant and how an apple tree changes with the seasons. This activity was connected to the story The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree written by Gail Gibbons.

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    Donate It

    Recently I was walking through the office at my school and saw a box decorated for Halloween and labeled as a candy drop off. Apparently this has become a big trend. Dentists and orthodontists sponsor a candy donation drive, which makes money for the school while saving students' teeth.

    It is a win, win, win situation because they send the candy off to our troops. Check out Halloween Candy Buy Back to find a participating practice in your area. On this site you can also watch a video describing and sharing information about Operation Gratitude.

    Please share with us some of your candy experiments and/or candy buyback results in the comments section below.

    Halloween is an exciting holiday for our students. They get to dress up in costumes and run around the neighborhood, filling up bags with free candy. What could be bettert? But where does all that candy end up after the excitement dies down? Read more to discover what you can do with that candy, besides eat it.

    Use Candy as a Teaching Tool

    Many people joke about how teachers find treasures in other people’s junk. So, why not encourage your students to bring in some of their candy to use during science class?

    Candy Experiments has a good selection of simple science experiments using household materials and holiday candy. Students test candy for secret ingredients and spread candy dyes into rainbows.

    My students love to make the M's and S's float off M&Ms and Skittles. Students are wowed by the separation of colors experiment, and they can’t stop testing all their candy for acidity.

    Experimenting with candy is a child-centered way to learn about science and nutrition while having a lot of fun!

    DSC03830

     

    Create with It

    Another idea is to use the candy to create art. In my kindergarten class we are learning about the seasons and the growing process. We used candy to make a candy tree with all of the tree parts including roots, trunk, branches, and leaves. Then we had our tree change with the seasons all using candy! The students had a memorable experience and will always remember the arts of a plant and how an apple tree changes with the seasons. This activity was connected to the story The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree written by Gail Gibbons.

     DSC03744

    Donate It

    Recently I was walking through the office at my school and saw a box decorated for Halloween and labeled as a candy drop off. Apparently this has become a big trend. Dentists and orthodontists sponsor a candy donation drive, which makes money for the school while saving students' teeth.

    It is a win, win, win situation because they send the candy off to our troops. Check out Halloween Candy Buy Back to find a participating practice in your area. On this site you can also watch a video describing and sharing information about Operation Gratitude.

    Please share with us some of your candy experiments and/or candy buyback results in the comments section below.

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