Ewwww! That looks so gross. Yep, those were the exact words out of my son’s mouth when I placed the jiggling gelatin heart down in front of him. We have been going for a bit more creepier science activities this Halloween season like our zombie slime just because gross and creepy science is super cool! This gelatin experiment is no exception. Get in on the Halloween fun with Halloween science experiments your kids will love!

GELATIN HEART HALLOWEEN SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

JELLO SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

There’s a lot of chemistry happening in the kitchen when it comes to cool Halloween science experiments and activities. Even the most common kitchen supplies like gelatin and jello are filled with simple science concepts that are easy to share with your kids.

A creepy, gross gelatin heart {or jello heart} makes for even creepier edible science if you choose! Make it for a party or make it for a fun Halloween science activity and let your kids explore the cool chemistry behind the jello or gelatin.

Whether you call it creepy science, gross science, or edible science, it sure is extremely cool science that you can really do with your kids. Don’t be afraid of trying simple science experiments. Make it playful and everyone will have a blast.

MORE FUN THINGS TO DO WITH GELATIN AND JELLO

Exploring gelatin heart Halloween science experiments with jello science activity for cool chemistry with kids in the kitchen

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HALLOWEEN GELATIN EXPERIMENT

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Gelatin or Jello Packs {we choose gelatin for the color but you could also use red jello}
  • Water
  • Pot {boil water with adult supervision}
  • spoon
  • Gelatin Heart Mold or Brain Mold (dollar store or Amazon)
  • Pipette, Skewer, Plastic Butter Knife {for dissecting and exploring}
  • Food Coloring Mixed in Water
Gelatin heart Halloween science experiment supplies and set up for jello science

HOW TO MAKE A GELATIN HEART OR BRAIN

STEP 1. Follow the directions on the package of the gelatin or jello mix.

STEP 2. Add the gelatin or jello to your mold and remove when set.

Originally we made both a brain and a small heart, the brain didn’t fare well when we removed it from the mold. The heart was perfect though. I am wondering if a quick spray with a non-stick cooking spray would help the release.

Check out the cool gelatin science below and check out 31 Days of Halloween STEM Countdown

Gelatin heart Halloween science experiment dissection tray with pipette, blood colored water, butter knife and skewers. Edible science with Jello

STEP 3. Add red food coloring to a cup of water and use a pipette to add the “blood” to your brain or heart.

WHAT’S THE SCIENCE BEHIND GELATIN?

Note: This experiment is edible but unflavored with the gelatin packets we chose. Probably not tasty!

Who would have thought Jello was chemistry? I love being able to share simple science with my son when we are doing what he considers very cool activities. It just amazes all of us that science is really everywhere and easy opportunities like making simple jello is a hands-on learning experience for both of us.

Jello or gelatin is all about chemistry. Our gelatin heart is called a semi-solid. Not quite a liquid and not quite a true solid. Gelatin is long strings of amino acids {with a little hydrogen} that when heated loosen up and jiggle and slide along each other in a liquid state, but they also love water and like to stick to it {just not very well}.

As the water cools, when the gelatin heart is placed in the fridge, the bond between the atoms in the water and gelatin strengthen and the semi-solid gelatin heart forms. It’s only a weak bond though making it semi-solid.

That’s some grossly, cool, and creepy chemistry that I am pretty sure every mad junior scientist can get around for Halloween!

FUN GELATIN EXPERIMENT FOR HALLOWEEN SCIENCE!

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