Activity for ages 3 to 8.
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 science experiment is sure to make your little scientists smile.
To prep, I printed off the Will It Melt? chart (below), grabbed a couple crayons, and gathered my science experiment supplies:
- an empty ice tray
- M & Ms
- gummy worms
- Laffy Taffy
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 experiment.
Will It Melt?
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.
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.
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 & Ms 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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