Eat your science? Absolutely! These fun food activities for kids are perfectly edible and tasty and a great way to get kids interested in science! One of the most fascinating things about science activities for kids has to be the ease in which you can set so many up, even at home! They can be easily made in the kitchen with simple ingredients and they don’t waste food!
FOOD ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL TO ELEMENTARY
EDIBLE SCIENCE FOR KIDS
Can you do science you can eat? You bet!
Is it hard? Nope!
What do you need to get started?
A trip to the pantry! Make a grocery list and prepare to rock snack time this week. Here are eight of my favorite food activities for kids that are totally do-able and make sense to try.
Plus, I have added some more food science activities that are popular but not edible like a lemon volcano.
TRY THESE FUN FOOD ACTIVITIES
Click on each link below to see supplies, set up, and process information as well as quick science behind the activity information.
Also, grab our free food activities mini-pack below which shares the science process in a fun and digestible way for young kids, as well as a journal page you can pair with each activity for the older kiddos.
These are science activities for kids that work well with many age groups from preschool to elementary and beyond. Our activities have also been readily used with special needs groups in high school and young adult programs! More or less adult supervision depends on your kids’ abilities!
Click here to get your printable Food Activities Pack
MAKE BREAD IN A BAG
Homemade bread is popular right now because it’s so convenient to make and isn’t filled with preservatives! This bread recipe is so simple for kids to help with too because all the mixing is done in a bag.
LOOK: Make homemade bread in a bag!
MAKE HOMEMADE BUTTER
You need everybody’s favorite spread on your homemade bread in a bag! What better time than to whip up some science with fresh butter!
Only one ingredient and a whole lot of elbow grease. You make this butter in a jar, and if you like science in a jar, we have more favorite mason jar science activities here.
LOOK: How to make homemade butter that’s so tasty!
MAKE FIZZY LEMONADE
DIY lemonade with a simple chemical reaction for the extra fizz! Homemade fizzy lemonade is a great way to drink your science.
LOOK: Pucker up with homemade fizzy lemonade!
ICE CREAM IN A BAG
Perfect any time of the year! Homemade no-churn ice cream in a bag is an awesome food activity and afternoon adventure. Grab the winter gloves (even if it’s 100 degrees out) and the rainbow sprinkles. Mixing this ice cream is a very chilly experience.
You might also like this during the winter months: Snow Cream!
LOOK: Pass the time by making no-churn ice cream in a bag.
Explore rocks by making ones you can eat! Hard candies you can melt turn into beautiful candy geodes. Learn a little about geodes while you make them.
LOOK: Make candy geodes!
MAKE POPCORN IN A BAG
Movie night anyone? Learn how to pop your own popcorn in a bag and discover the science behind it! Plus, you can find a fun way to turn it into an experiment and use the scientific method.
LOOK: Pop up some popcorn in a bag!
MAKE AN EDIBLE ROCK CYCLE
Don’t eat just any rocks! Make your own edible rocks and save your teeth. Who knew that combining rice treats and chocolate candy that you could wind up with a fascinating geology lesson on the rock cycle.
LOOK: Make an edible rock cycle!
CANDY DNA MODEL
DNA might sound fairly complex to share with your early elementary age kiddos, but the basics are not too hard to explain which is what we do here with candy. They’ll learn more in-depth material later in life, but for now, building a candy DNA model is fun!
LOOK: Build a candy DNA model
OREO MOON PHASES
Everyone will want to learn about the different phases of the moon when they can enjoy a favorite cookie too. Grab a pack and get started!
LOOK: Oreo Moon Phases
MORE SCIENCE PROJECTS USING FOOD
Although these science experiments use food, they are NOT edible! Please read each one carefully.
MORE SCIENCE PROJECTS AT HOME
Need more at-home science projects that are actually do-able? Check out the last two in our series of Easy Science with Kids at Home! Make sure to download the science process journal and each of the handy guides!
SCIENCE IN A JAR
What kind of science can you do in a jar? All kinds! Plus, all you need are simple kitchen ingredients
COLORFUL CANDY SCIENCE
Fantastic candy science that you can actually do with all of your favorite candy! Of course, you might have to allow for taste testing too!
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GET STARTED WITH SCIENCE YOU CAN EAT!
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It’s perfect for distance learning or just for fun! Learn more about it here.
Would you guys ever considering translating these activities into Spanish? I have a lot of families in my class that would love these activities, but they only speak Spanish! Just a thought 🙂 I love what you guys are doing. Thank you for all the creative ideas.
This is awesome! I teach a Culinary Class in a STEAM-based After School Program. This is the perfect combination of all of the components; thank you!!
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