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Kool Aid Rock Candy

Kids are going to love this science experiment where they will get to make their own Kool Aid Rock Candy! This makes a great summer activities for kids of all ages.
Kool Aid Rock Candy Science Experiment - love this twist using kool aid for some colorful yummy candy! This is a fun kids activities perfect to add to summer bucket list for kids from toddler, preschool, prek, kindergarten, first grade, second grade,third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and more.

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Kool Aid Rock Candy

This Kool Aid Rock Candy is such a fun, colorful science experiment kids will love! The crystals take about a week to grow which allows kids to have lots of time to watch the process unfold.

dip sticks in water and then in sugar

Start by dipping sticks in water and roll them in sugar. Place on parchment paper and allow them to dry completely.

make saturated sugar water

You want to make sugar water that is fully saturated with sugar. You want 1 part water to 3 parts sugar. To start with combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved. Add 2 more cups sugar and continue cooking and stirring until it is dissolved.

Kool Aid Rock Candy Recipe

Empty 1 package Kool Aid in a large canning jar.

Hint:  We wanted to try out various flavors so we made 5 flavors and quadrupled the recipe above

put stick in sugar water to make rock candy

How to Make Rock Candy

Put your sugar dipped (and dried) sticks in the Kool Aid sugar water. We used a clothespin to keep the stick upright.

Kool Aid Rock Candy Science Experiment for Kids

Now set them out on the counter to let the science part happen.

Hint: To help kids understand the importance of the sugar you dissolved in the water, try putting a stick in plain water and see what happens.

rock crystals forming

Above you can see the rock crystals start to  form on the stick. It will take about a week for your rock candy to form enough to impress your kids.

Hint: Make sure your stick doesn’t touch the bottom of the jar or it may be hard to pull the stick out at the end.

kool aid rock candy

Look at the beautiful crystals it makes. And because of the kool aid it looks and tastes fantastic!

Rock Candy Science Experiment

Why you soak & dry the sticks?

The stick provides the surface on which the crystals will grow. These tiny sugars make seed crystals provide starting points for larger crystals to grow.

What makes the crystals grow?

You have created a super saturated solution (meaning no more sugar can be dissolved) and it cannot all stay in liquid form so the sugar will come out as the water evaporates slowly from the solution. The sugar molecules will collect on the seed crystals you created on the stick.
The rock candy will actually grow molecule by molecule; ending in about a quadrillion molecules!
(See more about the science behind Rock Candy)

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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