Google+ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: The Microwaved Peep Experiment

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Microwaved Peep Experiment


Easter brings lots and lots of packaged Peeps to store shelves.
These colorful little chicks and bunnies are everywhere.

I couldn't resist buying some for us to "experiment" with.
The Lil Divas were excited by the prospect of some fun candy
  Peep Experiments.

We started our Peep fun with a simple experiment.

Peep Activity #1:
The Microwaved Peep Experiment

What You Need:
Peeps 
(we used chicks and bunnies)
plate
microwave

Before starting, I asked the Lil Divas to make a prediction about  what they thought would happen to the candy peeps if we microwaved them.

Predictions:
The Littlest Diva: "They will inflate."
The Oldest Diva: "They will shrink."

Procedure:
1. Put 2 different types of peeps onto a microwave safe plate.

2. Put into the microwave for 1 minute (you will not need all that time)
3. Observe your peeps as they heat & discuss what is happening.

Here are a few shots of the heated Peeps out of the microwave. They do start to "deflate" pretty quickly after the microwave stops so be sure to observe them as they heat to fully appreciate how big they get!

Here's a little comparison shot of 
unmicrowaved vs microwaved Peeps
(taken after a bit of cooling so they are not as big 
as when they were in the microwave)

The Lil Divas wanted to see if the peeps would get even bigger if we left them in longer, so we popped them back into the microwave and observed what happened as we re-heated them.

Results:
We discussed the girls predictions. They had differing views on who was correct. The Littlest Diva felt she was correct and The Oldest Diva decided they were both correct :) since the peeps initially inflated and then as they got burnt they deflated.

I had the Oldest Diva compare an original Peep to the shrunken/burnt ones and compare if the Peeps really shrunk. They were still larger than the original ones so she finally agreed that the Littlest Diva's prediction was correct (but she wasn't too happy about it, haha!)  

Stay tuned tomorrow for Peep Experiment #2.
Bern

29 comments:

  1. They don't look as pretty after being microwaved.

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  2. haha, not at all! Wait till you see the next few experiments. Peeps will never look the same to me again after all this. :)

    It's cool to see how big they can get though while heated. The girls were amazed.

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  3. I so need to do this with my little kids

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  4. My husband and cousin did this a few years ago (being their grown-up selves), but stuck toothpicks in to create "Peep Wars" - with the idea that the first peep stabbed loses. One way to turn Easter mildly gruesome...

    Your version is much cuter - and more educational! Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

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  5. When I was a teenager we took an Easter camping trip. Instead of roasting marshmellos we roasted Peeps. The sugar coating on the Peeps made a crustier glaze on the roasted Peeps that was different and good.

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    1. ooh I like that idea! Plus the S'mores would be pretty and colorful instead of just brown! :)

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  6. cool totally going to have to try this!!

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    1. yes, try it! we went through quite a few peeps because the girls kept wanting to do it over and over again - to see just how big they could get.

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  7. What a neat experiment! However, I don't think I'll eat another Peep after seeing this! :)

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    1. Vicky, wait till you see the other experiments! I will never eat a peep again! :) haha!

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  8. Great!!! I think an exploded Peep could be traumatic, though! ;-)

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    1. Unfortunately, we didn't get an exploded one - they burned and shrunk back down! My girls would have found an Explosion cool, haha!

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  9. Can you believe it, we don't have Peeps here!! Are they Marshmallows? Looks like a fun experiment!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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    1. They are marshmallows coated in sugar! :) Guess they are a US thing.

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  10. What a great idea! I actually saw some in a shop over here last weekend! x

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  11. Does it make a difference if you lower the power settings on the microwave and heat for a longer time?

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    1. Those are some good things to test out. We didn't try that and now you have me curious!

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  12. When you reheated peeps how long did you put them in for? bonniebear02@verizon.net

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    1. Bonnie for the reheat I put 30 seconds on the clock just to "test" it out. Use more or less time depending on your microwave though - ours heats up pretty powerfully and quickly.

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    2. Are you able to eat them afterwards too?

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  13. This is so much fun! I featured it in my blog post that can be found here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/indoor-activities-for-kids-fun-with-science-experiments-at-home. Feel free to share it with your readers!

    Best,

    Jaclyn

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  14. I love these experiments and how you've laid out each variation with pictures! I'm including this in my preschool Easter round up at http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2013/03/29-easter-activities-for-preschoolers.html -- let me know if that's a problem!

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  15. Hi. I found your experiments and did them at home with my girls. Fun!!!

    Thanks for the great ideas.

    I wrote about it on my blog at http://everydaylele.wordpress.com

    :-)

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    1. Hi Lele,

      Just stopped by - you are hilarious! Thanks for the link back to the blog. Your post made me laugh - love to see a mama keeping it real :)

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  16. I used to do this with my younger siblings. Then we would quickly put the inflated peep-while it was still hot- on a paper plate and put any little Easter chocolate on top. They'd stir it up while it was hot for a melted chocolate and marshmallow treat.

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  17. I carefully roasted mine over a stove element on high, the sugar glazed wonderfully crispy while the inside was soft and gooey!

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