Kids are going to love this summer science experiment where they will get to make their own kool aid rock candy! I will show you the simple method for how to make rock candy with kool-aid for you to make a yummy, food experiment with your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grader, and 4th graders. This rock candy experiment uses a common kitchen item to take it up a not making rock candy with kool aid! This kitchen science makes a great summer activities for kids of all ages.
Kool Aid Rock Candy
Have you ever made koolaid rock candy? This Kool Aid Rock Candy is such a fun, colorful summer 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. This how to make rock candy with kool aid is simple to make and such a fun food science experiments for kids. This is just one of the many kool aid experiments we’ve tried in the kitchen with your preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. Kool Aid recipes are not only for eating, but for hands-on summer science too! So add a kool aid rock candy recipe to your summer bucket list ideas and get ready for a fun summer activity for kids.
Rock Candy Recipe
All you need are a few simple supplies to make this treat:
- about 4 cups of sugar
- wood skeweres
- parchment paper
- kool aid packets (one per flavor you’d like to make)
- mason jar for each flavor (or similar)
- large cooking pot and heat source
- clothespins (one per stick)
How to make rock candy with kool-aid
Start by dipping sticks in water and roll them in sugar. Place on parchment paper and allow them to dry completely.
Rock candy with kool aid
You want to make sugar water that is fully saturated with sugar. You want 1 part water to 3 parts granulated 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 – you should only see a clear liquide. If it is cloudy (the stage our above picture is), keep cooking and stirring.
Kool-aid rock candy
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
Koolaid 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 recipe
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.
Kool aid experiment
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.
Rock Candy Experiment
Look at the beautiful crystals it makes. And because of the kool aid it looks and tastes fantastic!
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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