In the UK we have some chocolate covered sweets called Revels. Inside each bag are different flavoured chocolates, maltesers, plain chocolate, coffee flavour, orange flavour, toffee and chocolate covered raisins. They seemed like the perfect thing to use for a candy sorting activity.
I set the children the task of sorting them into the different flavours without eating them.
We talked about the different ways we could tell the difference between the chocolates. The first was how they looked, so we sorted by size.
We could easily find the plain chocolates and raisin covered chocolate because of the distinctive shapes.
The Maltesers were also quite easy to spot as they were a little larger than the other round varieties.
The final three were more tricky. Z wanted to weigh them. They all weighed between 1 and 3 grams, so we sorted accordingly.
Not satisfied with this method, we accidentally found that they made different noises when dropped on the table. We decided that the heavier sounding drop was probably the toffee.
Once we had out 6 piles it was time to test.
The coffee, orange and toffee, were not very well sorted, but we’d had a really good go, and thought of some great sorting ideas along the way.
Would you have done anything different?
Can you think of any other candy we could sort?
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Last Updated on May 24, 2021 by Emma Vanstone
Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories
You already know I love this activity. Now I need to try those candies. 🙂
Do you not have anything similar?
I love the idea of sorting by not only size but also weight and fillings, I wouldn’t have thought of that. Reminds me of separating my smarties as a child!
We think the difficult task was to convince them NOT to eat the chocolate!
Is there any type of candy in the US that would work for this? We don’t have that type here.