Weston Science Camp – Fun Apples Experiments for Kids
Fun Science with Camp Sagemont
Check out this fun experiment from our Camp Sagemont Science Lab. This science experiment focuses on how different liquids affect apples.
Early Learning Concepts
This simple, fun apple science experiment touches on many early learning concepts. Below are a few:
- Counting – counting the apple pieces that go into each bowl
- Writing – children can help label each container
- Scientific process – ask a question, experiment, observe, and record
- Vocabulary – use different words to describe observations.
- Small containers
- Lemon juice
- Tonic water
To set up the experiment, set out five containers with a few apple pieces in each one. Label the five containers with the name of the liquids you are going to use.
Once everything is set up, pour the appropriate liquids into each cup. Also set up a “control” cup of apple pieces without any liquid. Then it is time to wait.
After a few hours, check on the apples and talk about the observations. Record observations on a recording sheet of paper. You might find the control apples and apples in soda have started to oxidize. The apples in the vinegar may have little brown spots, also. The apples in the water will probably look like they have oxidized a tiny bit in comparison to their original state, but not much.
(Oxidizing happens when the apples come in contact with the oxygen in the air and begin to react, turning brown.)
In the lemon juice and the tonic water, though, you will find apples that hadn’t oxidized. Why is this? Lemon juice contains ascorbic acid, while tonic water contains citric acid – both of which are known to prevent oxidation in apples.
Now give yourself an “A” for effort. Nice work campers.