Fun Popcorn Science Experiments for Kids

Do you love popcorn! I definitely do and so do my kids.

But, there’s more to popcorn than just a yummy snack. There’s a lot of science involved too.

So, let’s explore a little, do some popcorn science, and learn while we snack.

How does popcorn pop? Answer that question and more with these fun popcorn science experiments for kids. Explore volume, weight, chemistry, and kitchen science.

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How does popcorn pop?

Perhaps one of the simplest experiments you can do is to pop a batch of popcorn to find out how it pops.

Ask a simple question: What elements do you need to pop popcorn? (Hint: Heat) But, why does heat make it pop?

It all has to do with pressure, and the particular make-up of the popcorn kernel. There’s a tiny bit of water inside a popcorn kernel. The heat produces steam, pressure forms, and POP! You’ve got popcorn.

While you’re popping, check out this article at Wonderopolis that answers all your questions. It goes into much greater detail of all the science at work in popcorn.

So yes, your favorite salty snack is basically science at work.

How does popcorn pop? Answer that question and more with these fun popcorn science experiments for kids. Explore volume, weight, chemistry, and kitchen science.

Fun Popcorn Science Experiments

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Now that we’ve talked about how popcorn works, let’s do some other fun experiments!

Use popcorn to do a fun classic experiment, Hopping Corn, with One Time Through.

What’s the difference between corn and popcorn? Explore and do some fun hands-on activities to answer this question at A Little Pinch of Perfect.

Explore volume and physical change with this fun popcorn experiment from EDventures for Kids.

Pop popcorn in a different way by popping it on the cob. Tinkerlab shows you how.

Try a popcorn and milk science experiment inspired by the book Farmer Boy. Check out Simple Living Creative Learning for all the details.

Use popcorn to compare weight with this fun science activity from Inspiration Laboratories.

Can changing how popcorn kernels are treated prior to popping change how well (or how many) they pop? Answer this questions with a fun Popcorn STEM activity from Lemon Lime Adventures.

What happens with you pop dyed popcorn? Our Whimsical Days shows you how to do this fun experiment(Not pictured.)

Turn snack time into learning time when you do some fun popcorn science experiments.

How does popcorn pop? Answer that question and more with these fun popcorn science experiments for kids. Explore volume, weight, chemistry, and kitchen science.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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