Will It Melt? Candy Science

Kids’ science activities are always fun for kids. Make the science about candy, and the experiment becomes mind-blowingly cool.

This sugary twist on the classic Will It Melt? kids’ science experiment is  sure to make your little scientists smile.  For more amazing kids’ science, check out our 30 Science Experiments in our shop!


Getting Ready

To prep this fun kids’ science activity, I printed off the Will It Melt? chart (below), grabbed a couple crayons, and gathered my science experiment supplies:

  • an empty ice tray
  • Smarties
  • M&M’s
  • Skittles
  • gumdrops
  • gummy worms
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Gobstoppers

I used the candy we had on hand from a candy science lab summer camp class I taught a couple weeks ago, but you could really use any candy for this easy kids’ science activity.

Will It Melt? Kids’ Science

My boys (ages 3.5 and 5.5) eagerly dropped the candies in each cube of the tray, munching a few while they worked.

I wanted them to practice making hypotheses so I gave each of them a chart and helped them mark their predictions with an X in the right spot.

Will it Melt Fun candy science for kids.

Then, they wandered out to our boiling hot driveway and placed the tray on the ground so the bright summer sun could shine down on it.

Two hours later, they excitedly grabbed the tray and brought it inside to record their results with a blue circle on their chart.

Will It Melt Candy science activity for kids

Such an easy way to learn about melting and solar energy!

The Science Behind It

Like everything around us, candy is made up of molecules. The individual molecules of candies like M&M’s are packed so tightly together that they can’t move. That’s why they’re solid.

When the candy molecules are warmed in the sun, however, they start moving around, making the candy melt into more of a liquid. The temperature where solids melt is called its melting point.

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