It is so much fun to do science experiments with candy!
With Valentine’s Day coming up and conversation hearts everywhere we decided to experiment with them, but you substitute any type of candy if you can’t find conversation hearts.
Candy Science Experiment Supplies:
- conversation hearts or other candy
- honey (or other sugary substance)
- salt/salt water
- microwave or freezer
The supplies can be easily switched for any item your kids want to test, these are just the ones my kids picked!
Basically we wanted to see what would happen to the conversation hearts as we added each item to them. The kids wrote or drew each item on their papers and predicting what they thought would happen.
We then added 1 item at a time (salt, honey, water, vinegar, salt water, etc) or put them in the freezer or microwave and recorded our observations.
The water dissolved the candy after awhile. The vinegar bubbled on some of the candies at first, but not others, until eventually it all bubbled up and dissolved. Honey didn’t react and neither did microwaving or freezing–I was surprised about the microwave results!
The salt alone had no effect, but salt water did. A reader reported that adding bleach was very cool and pulled the sugars from the candies upward–we can’t wait to try it!
After we were done we talked about why we thought our predictions were correct or incorrect and looked for patterns in the results.
Candy science experiments are a great way to get kids to think like a scientist and practice their problem solving skills!