Make a Skittles Rainbow!

I’ve seen the skittles experiment floating around the internet and knew it was something we had to try!

Basically, you take skittles, place them in a  shallow, flat dish and pour a bit of warm water on them. The warm water causes the colour coating on the Skittles to seperate and create a rainbow of water.

Since I’m a big fan of the berry skittles, we used those instead of the regular ones. I went first to show the girls how to do it, then gave them each their own dish and skittles to create a pattern. Even at 3 years old, Kate created her own Skittle rainbow!

After I placed the Skittles in my dish, I asked them what they thought would happen when I poured on the water. Asking questions is a great way to get them thinking and using their imagination!

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Layer the Skittles in a flat dish. White is best, so the colour will show. Have the kids talk about their patterns.

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Slowly pour on a bit of warm water, about halfway up the Skittles and sit back and wait! The colour will start to show in less than a minute!

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Before long you’ve got a full fledged candy rainbow!

The girls loved making their own patterns, and the responsibility of pouring in the water without spilling or disturbing the Skittles!

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Here are their patterns:

 

This was a lot of fun! Give it a try!

-Melissa

*There are so many variations of this experiment, I have no idea who to credit with the original idea. If you know, please let me know!

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