This activity is a hit for kiddos of all ages, I mean what kid doesn’t like an experiment with skittles?! The best part is you only need THREE ingredients to complete this experiment. Are you ready?!
What You Need:
- A bag of skittles
- A sturdy large plate (one that dips a little in the middle helps)
- Warm to hot water (not scolding, but the warmer the better)
Let’s Begin the Experiment!
First pick your work spot and get out your plate and skittles. Make a large circle with your skittles lining the plate. The blending of colors tends to work well if the skittles are right next to each other and its fun if there is a pattern. It can also be a great time to practice counting and color recognition. Make sure to taste test a skittle or two as you start the experiment. 😉
Next, you’re ready for the magic! Fill up a liquid measuring glass with warm/hot water. The exact measurement varies depending on the depth of the plate you use. Pour the water over the skittles until the skittles are just covered with water.
Then WAIT, and wait a few more seconds. WOW, It’s a RAINBOW! the colors will start to run out in the water. This is a great time to pick your kiddos brain and ask what they think is happening. Why are the colors running? You can explain the reaction of how heat melts the sugar into the water! You can even take a toothpick and create fun swirls in your rainbow for a fun sensory activity!
Clean Up is a Breeze:
For easy clean-up finish off the skittles and after taking a few pics, dump the water down the drain and either eat the soggy skittles or throw them away.
We hope you will enjoy doing this tasty and colorful experiment with your children.
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