Making Sugar Stained Glass and Science Activity

Sugar-stained glass is a science activity that you can turn into a science experiment with a snap of your fingers. We made our sugar-stained glass by using the rest of your sugar solution leftover from the rock candy making. To make sugar-stained glass combine one cup of water and 2 cups of sugar. You may also add half a teaspoon of Cream of Tartar and one cup of clear corn syrup, I actually forgot to add the last two ingredients, and ours turned out great.

sugar stained glassScience activities are where you learn about science but don’t use the scientific method. In my opinion, this is just as much fun for your kids and frequently a greater learning experience. I Always ask a bunch of questions to dig deeper and find videos that relate to our subject.

Make a Sugar stained glass science activity
Recipe Type: STEAM
Cuisine: Science
Author: Unschooling Paradise
This is a science project
  • pan for cooking
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • powder sugar
  • 3 – 6 aluminum cake pans
  • Pam cooking spray- to spray pans so the solution won’t stick
  1. You will use this method for all 3 solutions
  2. start heating the water on medium heat
  3. add the 4 cups of sugar slowly to the mixture
  4. once all the sugar dissolved turn the heat up to high
  5. st method: heat mixture to 3 temperatures
  6. 255 / 230/ 212
  7. or heat all 3 solutions to 250 -300 degrees and switch out sugars
  8. one solution with white sugar, one with brown sugar, and one with powder sugar

To make the science activities just boil each solution at a different temperature. In the first batch, we used white sugar, which was heated up to 255 degrees, powdered sugar at 230 degrees, and then brown sugar at 212 degrees.

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brown sugar stained glassThe girls observed each solution as I heated them up one by one. As expected, the white sugar and powder sugar solution heated up just fine. Consequently, the girls noticed the brown sugar solution would not rise above to 212 degrees and concluded that heavy amounts of molasses were added to the sugar.

Check out this great website Science of Cooking

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Here is our video on how we made sugar stained glass and our discoveries:

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Follow our crazy journey across America as we visit roadside oddities, historical land marks and beautiful landscapes. I have ton of ideas and review educational products that will help you get the most on your home school adventure. We are an Unschool family that believes the world is our classroom and is teaching our children to self direct their education to a better future.