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Who doesn't love food? It's fun to make, it's fun to eat, and it's fun to with! That's right! There is a lot of science that goes into the everyday foods that you love and getting your hands dirty is a great way to connect and learn. Try one of our food science projects to explore questions such as how baking ingredients work, how and why certain ingredients mix well together, and why people's tastes differ.

The following food science experiments are not only super cool and delicious, but educational too! These activities are full of so many opportunities to learn about and explore science! These projects will have kids practicing all kinds of scientific thinking skills such as trial and error, making a hypothesis, following the scientific method, and more. Go ahead, play with your food. 

Guiding Questions:

Why do certain ingredients mix well with others? 

What does density mean? 

What happens if you leave an ingredient out of a recipe?


Food Experiments

  • Yummy Soil Model from Farmer’s Daughter. Learn about what is under the ground with this yummy snack.

  • How to Grow Lettuce Indoors from Laughing Kids Learn. Growing food from scraps is a great way to learn about plants, and a great way to get kids involved in eating the salad they grew.

  • Growing Gummy Bear Science from play dough to Plato. This is a great way to learn about osmosis. I wonder what the gummy bears taste like after the experiment?

  • Walking on Eggs from Steve Spangler Science. You could celebrate the success of this physics experiment by eating the eggs afterwards!

  • Sink or Float Candy Science from Reading Confetti. I love the simple chart used to record predictions in this experiment, plus it’s a great introduction to the physics of buoyant force.

  • Hot Chocolate Science from Creative Family Fun. How does heat change things in this experiment? And I wonder which one tastes the best?

  • Baked Potato Science Fair Project from Left Brain Craft Brain. I love that this science project clearly explains the scientific process and how to apply it to this yummy experiment.

  • Secret Message from Lemon Juice from Steve Spangler Science. Lemon juice is great in lemonade, can be a garnish for foods, and doubles as an ink for your secret messages.

Let's Keep GROWing

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Want to dig deeper into the topic? 

Download the lesson plans to engage students and challenge them further.

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