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Colorful Candy Science Experiments

Candy science is a fantastic way to demonstrate scientific principles using something kids love, candy! With these simple Colorful Candy Science Experiments, the biggest challenge is not eating all of your science supplies. These easy science projects are perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

Candy science is a fantastic way to demonstrate scientific principles using something kids love, candy! With these simple Colorful Candy Science Experiments, the biggest challenge is not eating all of your science supplies. These easy science projects are perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

Candy Science

With Halloween coming there is a lot of extra candy around and if you are like me, you want to find ways to use up some of that candy without adding to your waistline. Thankfully, candy science is a fantastic way to explore science principlesNot only are these candy science experiments fun, but these hands-on simple science projects smell amazing, but the results are often beautiful and colorful! These science experiments using candy are perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.

For this set of candy science activities we wanted to explore what happens to different candies in water. The results were stunning rainbows that elicited lots of exclamations and wows from the kids! You will use lollipops, skittles, M and M’s, and other hard candy!

 

Candy Science Experiments

To do this Colorful Candy Science activity you will need the following materials. Chances are you have most of these supplies already in your home:

  • A white shallow bowl or dish (or a clear one on a white cloth works, we want to be able to really see what is happening).
  • Skittles
  • M&Ms
  • Lollipops
  • Warm water
candy science experiment with skittles

Easy Science Experiments

For our first test we decided to see what Skittles would do in the warm water. After some testing we discovered that it was best to have the Skittles on the plate, then add water to get the most beautiful designs and separation of colors.

Lollipop science project for kids

Simple Science Experiments

Next we wanted to see if other candies would do the same thing, so we tested it in the same way, but using lollipops. The colors were not as intense but they behaved in the same way, with beautiful patterns emerging.

Next up we tested another favorite candy of ours, M&Ms. Again the colors behaved in the same way.

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Science Experiments with Candy

The science behind why the colors do not mix is known as water stratification. Each color creates a water solution that has slightly different properties such as density, salinity, and oxygenation. This creates a barrier that prevents the water from mixing and is why salt water and fresh water do not mix.

Candy Science Race

Next up we decided it was time for a Candy Science race! We wanted to see which would dissolve faster, the Skittles or the M&Ms.

We lined up our candies on opposite sides of our dish, then carefully added our warm water. Instantly, we saw a difference. The Skittles were much brighter.

candy science race - which candy creates pretties science project

Skittles Activity for Kids

Then after about a minute we had a clear winner. The Skittles created brighter colors and reached the middle of the dish faster.

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Skittle Science Project

After all of this Candy Science we were inspired to create another experiment using dissolved lollipops. They smelled so good, we had to keep experimenting!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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