Do you need a little magical Christmas science? This simple and VERY cool 5-minute science activity is a must-try! Young scientists will be in awe as they watch festive stripes of red and green magically stretch across their plate as water reacts with the sugar on the candies.
Getting the Christmas Science Ready
You know what I love more than a fun science activity? When that activity only requires three things!
The prep for this super cool science activity was as quick as it comes!
First, I gathered all of my supplies:
- a white plate
- some holiday M & Ms (including a couple extra for snacking!)
- a measuring cup filled with hot tap water
I had my kids help me make a circle of red and green M & Ms around the rim of the plate. It was a fantastic way to practice making patterns- two reds, two greens, two reds, two greens… and so on.
Once the M & Ms were arranged, we carefully poured enough hot tap water onto the plate so that the bottom of every M & M was covered.
The magic began almost immediately as the colors began to seep from the candies through the water to form a beautiful holiday design.
The Science Behind It
Our simple, 5-minute science activity was a brilliant way to learn that sugar (like the color coating on M & Ms) dissolves in hot water, becoming a liquid that stretches across the plate.