Have you ever tried Pop Rocks candy? If you haven’t had them before, they are an awesome experience for everyone. Every kid should try eating some Pop Rocks at least once! What a cool experience, and now you can turn it into an easy Pop Rocks science experiment too! Combine a fun 5 senses activity with simple pop rocks science. Bonus, use our printable science journal page to record your observations. Now that’s science you can eat!
5 SENSES POP ROCKS SCIENCE ACTIVITY
POP ROCKS SCIENCE
I love to keep things simple and fun by creating hands-on science activities that are super easy and quick to set up. I also love science activities that allow kids to explore without too many guidelines! Over the last few years we have gathered together so many awesome science experiments for preschoolers that YOU CAN DO easily at home or in a classroom. This 5 senses pop rocks experiment is definitely one of them!
Now that my son is learning how to write and enjoying writing, we have started pairing our activities with science worksheets. You can download a free worksheet below to go with this 5 senses activity!
Of course, you can also do this fun pop rocks experiment without having to write making it a perfect activity if you have multiple age kids exploring together. Make sure to get the kids talking out loud about what is going on though.
EXPLORE THE 5 SENSES WITH POP ROCKS
Encourage your kids to look, smell, listen, touch, and taste the pop rocks candy. They are in for a real surprise! Science includes the senses in so many ways though usually not always taste.
YOU WILL NEED
- Several packets of Pop Rocks candy (depending on number of kids)
- Magnifying glass
- Free 5 Senses Printable
HOW TO SET UP YOUR 5 SENSES POP ROCKS ACTIVITY
STEP 1. Empty the pop rocks candy into cups and print out our pop rocks 5 senses sheet!
STEP 2. Ask your kids the following questions and encourage them to explore the Pop Rocks with each of their senses.
- What do you see?
- What do you smell?
- What do you hear?
- What do you feel?
- What do you taste?
STEP 3. To extend the learning opportunity for older kids, use our free printable worksheet to get them to write down their observations for each of the 5 senses. This is a great opportunity for kids to practice their observation skills which is an important part of the scientific method.
Apparently my son did not like the smell as he stated they smelled rotten! If your kids have trouble coming up with their own observations, ask some open ended questions to help point them in the right direction.
CAN YOU HEAR POP ROCKS? TEST IT OUT!
BONUS POP ROCKS EXPERIMENT
Save some Pop Rocks for another fun Pop Rocks experiment exploring viscosity. Test whether Pop Rocks are louder when placed in liquids of different viscosity or thickness. Click here for our Pop Rocks Experiment!
Or find out what happens when you add Pop Rocks to soda. Will the balloon inflate? Click here for our Pop Rocks and Soda Experiment.
LEARN WITH 5 SENSES POP ROCKS ACTIVITY FOR KIDS
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