Thirsty Candle

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In this activity, learners will explore the dynamics of air pressure by using a candle, a cup, and a dish of water. Learners will observe how the candle flame affects air temperature and how that interaction can be seen through a change in water level. Activity includes step-by-step instructions in English and in Spanish. This activity also makes use of common household items

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)

  • Candle
  • Dish or shallow bowl
  • Clear drinking glass
  • Water
  • Lighter or match


  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Science Festivals Activity


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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