Science Experiment: Dissolving Candy Hearts

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Learning can be so much fun for kids and this Dissolving Candy Hearts Science Experiment for Valentine’s Day is a perfect example. This simple melting hearts science experiment uses classic Conversation Hearts candy to explore solubility. Kids of all ages will enjoy this candy science and Valentine’s Day STEM activity.

Grab your ingredients!

– 6 cups of water – ½ cup sugar, divided – ½ cup salt, divided – 6 candy hearts – alternate liquids (list found below) – timer – small bowls (preferably glass) or chemistry set test tubes – measuring cups and spoons – printable observation chart

Place 1 cup of water into three different cups. Into one cup, add ¼ cup sugar, stirring until it is dissolved. Into the second cup, add ¼ cup salt, stirring until dissolved.

Step 1

Place one candy heart into each cup of water. Set a timer for 2 minutes.

Step 2

When the timer goes off, check the candy and make note of which have changed.

Step 3

Continue checking the candy hearts every 2 to 5 minutes, making note of the changes. Discuss which liquids caused the candy hearts to dissolve faster/slower and why. If desired, repeat the experiment using different room-temperature liquids such as vinegar, liquid dish soap, oil, soda pop, etc.

Step 4

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