Are you ready to get sticky?? Cause that’s what this tasty experiment is all about. Today we are learning how water, sugar, and butter turns into syrup! This is a relatively easy experiment.
**Jenny Tip – don’t even tell your child what they are going to make! Have your child guess how this handful of ingredients are going to react and what they will turn into!
Syrup can be made either from maple tree sap or from sugars. Today we are going to do it using sugars. This is a fun tasty experiment!
Be sure to set ground rules for doing experiments with your children. I would recommend a set of basic ground rules that applies to all experiment as well as experiment specific ground rules! More on ground rules and safety at our getting started article.
- Parents, never walk away from your kid while doing this experiment, unless the syrup has cooled.
- Kids, once the heat gets turned on, don’t touch anything involved in this experiment, unless the parent has specifically said so.
- This liquid will get extremely hot and can splash. Goggles for littles and have them wear oven mitts, just in case. Or keep them at a distance.
- Do not taste the liquid unless it has cooled!
Things to Note
Be sure to have your kids take notes! Pull out that notebook and get to it!
- Before Experiment
- The differences in ingredients
- Have your child note the large difference between these ingredients, like the taste, texture, color
- Some are tasty!
- Some feel slippery!
- Some are compactable!
- Some smell like nothing!
- Some smell yummy!
- During Experiment
- What happened to the sugars? To the butters?
- Is the water as thin as it was before?
- After Experiment
- What does it taste like?
- What color is it?
The ingredients are what make this such a fun experiment! Some are sweet and yummy and others taste like nothing! By the end it all taste good!
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 2 tbs Butter
- Pinch of Salt
- In a medium-sized pot, combine the sugars, water, and butter.
- Bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Continue to boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat. Add salt, taste, and add more salt if needed.
- The syrup will thicken as it cools. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
** There are tons of things you can add to make this syrup perfect for you and your family! My daughter is OBSESSED with blueberries, so we added 1/2 cup of blueberries on step 1 and it was perfect for our family! SO BLUEBERRYLICIOUS!
Think about what you could add to make this perfect for you!
This is a fun experiment to do with your kid! It is relatively quick and it’s the perfect experiment to do on a weekend morning! Tell me what you think! Did you try adding anything different?
Leave me pics of your syrup! Tell me how it tasted!