I’m not sure how 11-year old Frank Epperson’s parents felt about Frank leaving his cup of soda with a stirring stick in it out on the porch overnight back in 1905.
But, they had to have been happy with Frank’s discovery the next morning. His drink froze like an icicle. And, the Epsicle was invented.
Years later, his own kids called them “Pop’s ‘sicle” and feeling as though the name was catchy and the treat so delicious, Frank patented it in 1923. We know these tasty treats as Popsicles.
To celebrate both an invention created by a kid and the beginning of summer, we made “Yay for Frank Epperson, Kid Inventor Frozen Sour Pop Treats.” Everyone will love how easy they are to make, and how fun they are to eat.
Of course, I had to turn this social studies activity into a fun science experiment.
Here are a few questions to ask your kiddos….
- What do you think will happen to the soda if we put it in the freezer overnight?
- What will happen to the sour streamer if we put it in the soda?
- What will happen to the sour streamer when it’s placed in the freezer?
- Do you think the soda will change color once the sour streamer is in it?
- Do you think the sour streamer will stay in one piece?
- Do you think the sour streamer will float to the top, sink to the bottom or stay in the same place you put it in the cup?
- Do you think the sour streamer will stay sour?
- How will we be able to get our frozen treat out of the cups?
Yay for Frank Epperson, Kid Inventor Frozen Sour Pop Treats
You need: 7 Up or Sprite, Haribo Z!ing Sour Streamers Chewy Candy, Dixie (3oz disposable) bath cups, foil, craft sticks, cupcake baking pan
- Pour soda into cup, about 3/4 full.
- Twist the sour streamer and place into cup.
- Cover the cup with foil.
- Poke a small hole in the foil and then stick in the craft stick.
- Place each cup into a spot in the baking pan.
- Place the pan in the freezer overnight.
- When it’s time to enjoy them, simply tear the paper cup away.
Next time my kids leave something out, I’m hoping they invent something incredible.