I had spring break this week from work but I didn’t pass that luxury on to my kiddos. While they felt completely cheated that they didn’t get to participate in spring break we did incorporate some pretty fun things into our schedule including a peep experiment in place of our regular science lesson. My objective with this lesson was to go over the steps of the scientific method and also hear some laughs.
I first gave the kiddos an observation sheet and their own peep. I had them draw a picture of their peep in the box provide, measure it, and then make some observations.
After they were done with that process I told them what the experiment was going to be. PUT THE PEEP IN THE MICROWAVE! My oldest was immediately ecstatic! My middle was sad because she is a future member of PETA and also cares about the rights and well-being of sugar animals, not just breathing animals. My youngest could only spew out the word “explode.” They were now to make their predictions on what would happen when we put the peep in the microwave for 20 seconds.
Each child got to put their own peep in and discretely take it out so the others wouldn’t see. They then drew another picture of their peep, took new measurements and wrote down more observations.
Of course we couldn’t end the experiment without involving all of our senses. The taste test was a favorite but the fresh peep definitely won the popular vote. Apparently crispy, crunchy, heat-zapped sugar isn’t as tasty as one would think 😉
I loved the discussion that this experiment lead to and the curiosity that it brought out in my kiddos. This was definitely a “learning is fun day” and those are my favorite days!
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Great idea to try with the kids! I really like the idea of comparisons and drawing the differences after the peep has been in the microwave. I recently watched a peep experiment with my son where they put peeps in a vaccuum (sucked all of the air out) and we watche what happened. It’s a great way to make learning fun, especially when they get to eat their experiment!