Candy Experiments (Way Fun Summer Science Activities For Kids)

Kids love summer time. Parents love learning. Kids love candy. The perfect combination? Candy Experiments! If you haven’t heard about this new hit book (available January 2013), you’re totally missing out. 

Make giant gummi worms, turn M&Ms into dazzling comets, grow candy crystals, and turn cotton candy into slime! You’ll find all these experiments and more, plus simple scientific explanations, in the book Candy Experiments!

Candy Experiments, by Loralee Leavitt, shares experiments from the popular website, Candy Experiments, as well as experiments that have never been published before. Learn how to separate candy colors, make candy cane stripes in bowls of water, sink marshmallows, and float taffy. Each experiment includes color photos and scientific explanations. Your kids will love experimenting with their candy, and they’ll learn something, too!

But how do you know kids will like the experiments? Because kids planned and did them! The author writes this about how it all started: “One day when she was sorting through her Halloween candy, my daughter asked a life-changing question: “What would happen if I put these Nerds in water?”  I got her a glass, and she conducted her first candy experiment.” Read more about these little scientists here.

This is such a great collection of fun activities for kids (especially in the summer or after Halloween). When I heard about it, I went on Amazon right away and bought 3 copies (I just Had to get one for my mom and sister, also teachers). When I got it in the mail, I spent an hour looking through it, reading it and planning fun summer activities.

Summer Learning Packets

summer learning packetsMany parents want a summer work packet for their student(s) so they don’t forget everything they learned the previous year. There’s validity in this (as any teacher can tell you!). Here are some packets for you to browse and find the one that fits your student(s) best:
All Grades/Variety
Summer packet  by Ready At Five
Summer packets for K-6th Grades by Family Education
Summer activity pages by Classroom Jr.
By Grade Level
Pre-K summer packet by Pre-Kinders
Pre-K summer packet by Edward L. Bouie Trad.Theme School 
Kinder & 1st grade summer packets by Puddle Wonderful Learning
Kinder – 5th grade summer packets by Jackson City Schools
1st – 5th grade summer packets by Margate Elementary School
Math Packets
Summer math packet for Incoming 2nd Graders by Oakbrook Elementary School
Summer math packet for Incoming 3rd Graders by Oakbrook Elementary School
Summer math packet for Incoming 4th Graders by Oakbrook Elementary School

Summer Reading Chart

Summer! The time everyone dreams about all year long.  It’s the time for swimming, ice cream cones and forgetting everything you learned in school the year before. Wait!? What!? That’s not how summer should be! Summer should be a time when kids (and adults) continue to learn and explore the world around them. If that’s too tall an order, at least read. That’s bare minimum.

Every summer there are a number of programs with rewards systems set up to help keep kids reading and learning. Two notable summer reading programs are the Scholastic Summer Challenge and Barnes and Noble Summer Reading. Many local libraries have something every summer too.

Here’s my printable summer reading chart to help kids set and track summer reading goals. I chose to track Monday through Saturday. Older kids should read for longer periods of time than younger kids. Ask your child’s teacher what a reasonable daily goal is for your child.

Summer Reading Chart

To motivate your child, have them choose an activity to do the following week if they meet their reading goal. The top line is for your child’s name. Use stickers, smiley faces or anything else to mark down each day they accomplish their reading. Happy summer!

Summer at the Beach (grammar worksheet)

Kids are so focused on summer at this point in the school year, so why not harness that energy and use it to work on grammar? When kids finish this side of the free grammar worksheet, they can flip it over and write about their summer plans. Fast finisher activity? Check!summer at the beach- grammar worksheet


Here’s the last batch (6) of Squarehead grammar worksheets in a Google Doc.