We have way too many of those candy hearts from Valentine’s Day. I decided to pull a few out for some candy learning activities this week, including an easy to set up candy heart experiment.
To set up for the experiment, I labeled 4 clear glasses: hot water, water, vinegar, and vinegar and baking soda.
Then I asked the kindergartner and preschooler for their hypothesis on which of the 4 liquids would dissolve the candy hearts the fastest.
The preschooler thought that vinegar and baking soda would; the kindergartner chose vinegar.
Then I carefully filled each glass with its labeled liquid. (Make sure you use a container that can hold hot liquids!) The kids took turns dropping in one candy heart per glass.
Right away the one with baking soda and vinegar had their attention! The candy heart was hidden amid the bubbling and fizzing mixture.
The kids were surprised by the results; the hot water dissolved the candy heart much faster than any of the other 3 containers!
After our candy science experiment, we revisited our past candy heart activities, and used the candy hearts to work on patterns, and even did some simple addition facts using the candy hearts as manipulatives.
Of course, using them for subtraction, and eating them as we went, was the biggest hit!