Candy Science – Building Towers with Sweets

We do a lot of building with LEGO, blocks and boxes and recently build a whole house from fudge, icing sugar and chocolate after testing different foodstuffs for the best cement ( icing sugar won ). Today, our candy science activity was much more simple, but huge amounts of fun, as most activities involving sweets are.

I chose liquorice allsorts because the shapes of some of the sweets are fantastic for building.

I gave the children a pile of sweets and asked them to build towers, while they built we chatted about which sweets were easiest to build with and which allowed for a more stable structure.

Candy experiments

It’s no surprise that the square sweets were the best for building purposes, but the cylinders were great for adding some style.

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This activity is brilliant for getting children to start to link the properties of an object to it’s function, and a fun introduction to simple 3D shapes.

What sweets would you use? do you have any candy science experiments to share?

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