Summer is finally here! I’m excited to spend the summer with my kids and just be outside and see where each day takes us. However, one of the first things I did when school ended, was clean my house. I needed to get organized! One thing that I came across when cleaning were some old chocolates that did not get eaten (surprisingly). I had two, so I decided to do a simple summer science experiment with my kids. Today was especially hot out and we were curious how quickly the chocolate would melt when left outside. We had just talked about how finding shade in the summer when you get hot can help cool you down so we decided to include this in our experiment too.
I put each of the chocolate bunnies in large plastic bags mainly to make clean up a lot easier. We placed one in the shade and the other was set in direct sunlight. We checked it after 5 minutes and then every 10 minutes after that.
Right away my kids noticed that after just 5 minutes that the bunny in the sun was already looking ‘shiny’. We had great discussions about what they observed when we checked on the chocolate and their predictions as to what it would look like in another 10 minutes. In reality we checked on the bunnies countless times while they were melting, but we made note when 10 minutes had passed.
After 15 minutes, they couldn’t help but poke at the chocolate since they noticed it breaking down. Our bunny in the shade, however, still looked pretty much the same!
By 25 minutes our bunny had completely melted. We talked about changing states of matter (solid to liquid) and even felt the chocolate in the bag. It was hot!!! We had fun constantly checking on our bunnies and watching them melt. In the end the bunny in the shade ended up taking hours to melt. I was even a bit surprised with how long it took. It made for a great little side lesson on sun safety though. There are so many possible simple summer science activities and experiments that I am looking forward to doing over the next few months! Simple materials that we had on hand made for great learning today. Also, the chocolate was now already melted for us to put it into a chocolate mold!
40 minute activity time – Although I did this activity at home, it could easily be done at school. After each of the chocolate have been placed in their location, I would have kids draw what the chocolate looks like in each location at each stage of melting.