M&M's in Different Temperatures

Source Institutions

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
Learners design their own experiment to investigate whether the temperature of the surrounding water affects the rate at which the colored coating dissolves from an M&M. When they conduct their experiment, they find that the color dissolves faster in hot water than in cold. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org. Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 3 Same-color M&M's
  • 3 White plastic or foam dessert plates
  • Room-temperature water
  • Hot tap water
  • Cold water
  • Round film canister lid or a quarter
  • 1 Plastic Cup
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Permanent marker
  • Bucket or large bowl
  • Paper Towels
  • Student Activity Sheet


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Kessler, James H. ; Galvan, Patricia M.


  • , American Chemical Society, 2007