I have been wanting to try out this quick and easy “M&M” science activity with my toddler son since I saw a picture in Pinterest a while back. Parents will love this since it is very affordable and easy to prepare. But most importantly, toddlers and older kids will enjoy beautiful results from this experiment! Additionally, there are alternative candies that can be used in this activity such as skittles or jelly beans. To make it more fun, older kids can compare the effects of using hot versus cold water. And don’t forget to try out different patterns.



Science Concept:

Water solubility


– M&M candies (can be substituted with skittles or jelly beans)

– White plate

– Water (hot from the faucet)


1. Arrange the M&M candies in the white plate. We tried the experiment first with a round plate and placed the candies as seen in the picture below.

2. Grab hot water from the faucet. Warm water will work as well and safer for toddlers.

3. Pour the water carefully in the center of the plate until the whole area is covered.

4. Wait until the colors from the hard shells of the candies dissolve in the water.

Tip: After the water is poured into the plate, the colors will dissolve fast, therefore do not try to leave the experiment.

The result is so beautiful and colorful that both adults and kids will enjoy repeating this science activity!

This video shows how fast the colors from the M&Ms dissolve quickly.

This exercise is not only easy and fast to set up but is also so affordable. You will  want to definitely repeat the activity several times and try out different patterns. I originally wanted to incorporate different shapes of the containers but we ended up trying out different patterns as well. Even scattered candies will give wonderful results, as seen in the pictures below!

If you would love to see more similar activities, please click the images below. We are always looking for quick, easy and fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities for toddlers, so don’t forget to leave some comments below, I would love to hear ideas from you!

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