Want to add a little more magic into your Christmas holiday season this year? Your kids eyes will get wide with this fun Christmas science experiment. The best part? This Magic Melting peppermint science experiment takes literally 2 minutes to set it up! This Christmas science is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students to try in December.
Christmas Science Experiment
I have nothing against science activities that require an extensive set up. There is a time and place for those, but it is really nice to have quick science activities that I can put together and let my kids explore! Because with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students the goal of a Christmas science experiment is to help kids get excited about learning, explore science, learn to ask questions, and remain curious about the wonderous world around them!
This Christmas science activities takes no time at all to set up and you don’t need much to do it either, so it is inexpensive!
Peppermint science experiment
All you need for this STEM Science Project are a few simple materials you probably already have laying around your house:
- Round Peppermint Candies
- Warm Water
- Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter (Optional)
That’s all you need! Setting this up only includes making a ring on the outside rim of the plate. We chose a white plate so that we could really see the colors, but this isn’t absolutely required!
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The next step, when you’re ready is to pour water over the peppermint candies and to slightly fill up the plate. Adding a cookie cutter is optional, but it is fun to see that the color starts to slow down (it doesn’t completely stop) when it hits the cookie cutter.
Slowly but surely the color of the peppermint candy is going to start melting to the middle of the plate. We found it very interesting that it made stripes as it went down. It seemed like this was created by the white and red colors of the candy.
As we watched, the clear water slowly started turning red- from the red part of the candy.
This amazing experiment happens because the candy is made of sugar and food coloring. When the water meets the candy, it starts to dissolve the sugar and food coloring away from the candy itself. Since the plate has a slight angle down to the center, the color and sugar takes a slow ride to the middle of the plate.
Diffusion is the movement of a substance from an area of high concentration (the peppermint candy) to an area of low concentration (the water). Diffusion happens in liquids and gases because their particles move randomly from place to place. Although this is a simplified illustration, diffusion is an important process for living things.
How fun is that? It is so pretty too! Oh and it smells AMAZING! If you like the smell of peppermint, you’ll LOVE this!!
You can turn this into a Christmas science project by timing different liquids to see which one diffuses the red food coloring the quickest. Use a timer and try different liquids such as cold water versus warm water versus hot or try comparing milk or juice. What happens?
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