Today I’m sharing a simple food science experiment for kids. It’s inspired by Zoey and Sassafras, a new chapter book series that’s full of science, magical animals, and problem solving. Let your children design a food science experiment to find out what foods they like to eat. It’s a fun way to try new foods and learn about conducting a science experiment.
Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
Dragons and Marshmallows is the first book in the Zoey and Sassafras series by Asia Citro. (We were sent a review copy of the book.) Magical creatures come to Zoey’s backyard barn for help. Zoey designs experiments to solve their problems. In the first book, a sick baby dragon is left at the barn door. Zoey thinks the baby dragon may be hungry. The only problem is figuring out what baby dragons eat. Zoey designs a food experiment to find out. She chooses a few types of food and then let’s the dragon try them. She discovers that the dragon likes marshmallows. Zoey names the baby dragon Marshmallow because of this. Unfortunately, feeding Marshmallow the marshmallows does not solve the problem. The baby dragon is still sick. I’ll let you read the book to find out what happens.
Food Science Experiment for Kids
You can design your own food science experiment, too. Test out some new foods. Ask: What foods do I like to eat? or What foods taste good? Do you want to find out what foods a family member enjoys? Aiden wanted to ask: What foods does my little sister like to eat?
Download the free experiment printable for your own personal or classroom use.
In her science journal, Zoey wrote down the question she wanted to test and her hypothesis – her prediction for what the results would be. Which foods do you think you or your family members will like?
Decide what foods to include in your experiment. Aiden chose the following foods:
Collect your data and record your findings. What do the foods taste like? Did you (or your family member) like them? Which food was your favorite? Which food did you like the least?
Lily liked everything. Aiden didn’t think she would like the green beans. When they were done with the experiment, Lily asked for more marshmallows, cheese, and green beans. Aiden asked for marshmallows and cheese.
More Food Science Experiments for Kids
- Popcorn Science Experiment – Does unpopped popcorn weigh the same as popped popcorn?
- Candy Science Experiments – a collection of 20 experiments that use candy
- Banana Experiment: Which Will Ripen First? – Place bananas in different scenarios and test which one will ripen first.
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