Monday, November 1, 2010

Candy, Candy, Candy

Halloween is over and  I bet you are wondering what to do with all that candy.  I know the best way to enjoy all those treats is just to unwrap and eat but here are a few other suggestions:

Save the wrappers from all the candy you eat and then sort them.  Depending on your child's age you can sort them by brand, color of wrapper, first letter, flavor ...  Glue to a poster and hang in bedroom for a colorful display.  This environmental art work is a great way for kids to start to read.

Practice predicting skills. Have kids guess how many pieces of candy will be in a pack of Skittles, m&m's, or other multi piece pack.  Count to see if they are close.  Compare two packs to see if they have the same amount.

Sort m&m's or Skittles by color.  Which color had more? Less?  Work on probability skills by placing in a brown bag and guessing what color you will pick.  Of course, you must eat it once you take it out of the bag.  The probability will change as you begin to eat various colors.  Who knew learning could be so much fun?

Do this fun science experiment on density using Skittles from . Place 2 red, 4 orange, 6 yellow, 8 green, and 12 purple Skittles in separate cups. Add two TBSP. of water to each cup. Let sit for 2 hours so the candy can dissolve (you can microwave for faster results).   In a clear bowl, pour in the purple water.  Holding a spoon upside down over the purple water SLOWLY pour the green water over the back of the spoon.  Repeat with yellow, orange, and red.  You should have a beautiful rainbow.  It should last for an hour or two before it becomes muddy.

Chop up your favorite candy bar and place it on top of ice cream.  Or add it to a milk shake, or to cookie, brownie or cake batter.

Make candy bar fudge

Add a piece of chocolate to your cup of coffee.

Give some away - to local shelters, children's home, nursing home or Operation Shoebox.

Area dentist will buy back your candy and send it to deployed troops or donate it to the Children's Miracle Network.  To find a dentist in your area that is participating in this National program click here.
What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy all that candy?

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