A Yummy, Gummy, Gooey Science Experiment

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My husband has an affinity for gummy bears. He has loved the sticky little things since he was a kid and we often have them lying around the house. Well, before his last business trip he bought a big bag and left them sitting on the counter half eaten when he left. I'm not really sure why I did it but I decided to put the bag in the door of the refrigerator. I guess I was thinking if they weren't out in the open, I wouldn't be so tempted to eat them! A few days later my little man spotted them. We got them out and found that they were really hard, too hard to eat. So what did I do? Put them in the microwave, of course! Twenty seconds later we had a little bowl of the coolest looking goo on the planet.

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First we had fun stirring it up with spoons and when it cooled off we dug in with our fingers. Melted gummy bears are extremely sticky but it actually comes off really clean. Little man wasn't very sure about tasting the goo so he left that to me. It was yummy! The neatest part about the experiement was the elasticity of the goo. That stuff will stretch like crazy! And since it's fairly transparent it looks really cool when you stretch it out in front of a light or window. It reminds me of stained glass. Photobucket Photobucket
I wouldn't say that it is very moldable. You can manipulate it into a few shapes but as the goo cools it gets less pliable. This experiment was so much fun! Now it's time to cue up The Gummy Bear Song. It's a favorite in our house!



28 comments:

  1. My kids love that song!! I think they might also love gummy bears, but I so rarely share mine, I'm not sure!! :)

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  2. What a cool idea! I love happy discoveries like that. :)

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  3. Cool. Sounds yummy. I used to love the gummybears show.

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    1. Us too! My husband likes to spontaneously break out into the theme song!

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  4. Okay, we totally need to try this. You know, in the name of science (cough, cough). As luck would have it, we just bought gummy bears *yesterday* to do another "experiment" . . . the one where you leave it in a glass of water to "grow" overnight. Visiting from SITS. Enjoy your day.

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    1. It was so much fun! I hope your kiddos enjoy it as much as we did!

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  5. Super cute! I love that you make everyday little experiences into such fun. Happy SITS Day!

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  6. We gotta try that at our house! In the name of science of course! Especially since our blog is called Science of Parenthood! That practically makes it mandatory. Thanks for the great idea. And happy SITS day to you!

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    1. I'm going to have to hop over and check out your blog!

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  7. That is so fun!!! My mom always had cool stuff like that for us to do growing up - you never forget it. Happy SITS Day!

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    1. The best memories are the ones made accidentally I think!

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  8. Cool! Looks like slime. Definitely will try this out with my boys this week, or later in the summer. Happy SITS Day!

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    1. It was really neat! I hope your boys enjoy it!

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  9. Very interesting! My kids will dig this one, and grandma gave them gummy bears in their easter baskets! Happy SITS day!

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    1. Perfect! Have fun with it! Thanks for stopping in!

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  10. That activity just might make you the coolest mom ever. A big mess and you play with it with your kids -- very cool.

    Thanks for sharing. It looks fun.

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    1. Ha ha, thanks! I try! The messier the better, at least for the them!

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  11. Sounds like a fun, impromptu experiment! (and yummy too!) Happy SITS Day.

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    1. It was really yummy! We are deciding which Easter candy we want to melt now! ha ha

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  12. I love that this was not a planned experiment but was totally spontaneous! New follower from SITS!

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  13. Some of the best memories and experiences are spontaneous!

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  14. ok so I totally have to try this experiment. Hopefully I do it right so let's see what happens. Thanks for sharing! I am sure my kids would love all the gooey stuff lol

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  15. Way cool! Happy SITS day to you.

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  16. Fun! Thanks for sharing with the Tuesday Baby Link Up community!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! It was so much fun and a good learning experience. Come back and visit again soon!

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