This Skittles Science Experiment is one of the easiest kids activities you will find yourself doing. Whether you are looking for kids fun to do at home or ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this is stress-free activity. Also, this kids science experiment requires little supplies. The hardest part is controlling yourself and not eating all the candy. Same with your kids unless you want to bribe them to listen with a candy reward.
Skittles Science Experiment for Kids
Rainbow Candy experiment supplies
- Skittles or M&Ms (We used Skittles)
- White Plate that is sunken in a bit to allow water.
Science Experiment Instructions
First, line up the candy pieces in a circle alternating colors to make a rainbow on the white plate. There are many pattern activities for Preschool including this candy activity.
Next, slowly pour water over the top of the candy and watch the magic happen! Don’t look away either because the transformation happens quickly!
Wait and see a rainbow appear before your eyes! It’s the coolest effect that happens. Eventually, the color will be completely stripped from the candy and a beautiful rainbow is formed. As simple as it seems, my daughter was amazed!
As I said, the hardest part is not eating all the Skittles while watching the rainbow form. This was the moment I busted my daughter eating a few. Notice how all the colors completely take over the plate.
Incorporating learning objectives
Take this activity one step further with these ideas:
- Ask them to make predictions on what happens if you use warm water instead of cold water on your candy pieces.
- Consider making different patterns on several plates to see how it affects the look of each rainbow.
- Try this method with M&Ms instead. Make predictions on what that will look like.
- Use Jelly Beans for a different spin on this experiment!
If you are looking for more kids fun with supplies around the house be sure to check out these learning activities using toilet paper rolls.