Those magical rainbow candies do more than just taste good. They make great science experiments too! Every child tends to like candy, and bright colors, so this trick is a perfect combination of both. It appeals to both the artistic and scientifically minded kid. So read on for this simple magic Skittles experiment you have to try with your kids.
First gather your supplies. You’ll obviously need a package of Skittles ( we used the green, yellow and orange ones for this experiment). You can also try this with other candies that have food coloring. M&Ms or gummy candies work well.
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As we said above, the materials list for this experiment are super simple.
- water (warm water will help the experiment work faster)
- one large, round, white dinner plate (white makes the colors show up better!)
- 1 package of colorful candy — like Skittles!
Ok, so now comes the fun part. First open up your candy package, and check out all the colors. While we used orange, yellow and green for this experiment, you can use whichever and as many colors as you like.
We recommend doing only a few to start, but because this experiment is so cool, we know your kids will want to do it again and again.
Next, line up the skittles around the dinner plate to form a circle. You’ll want to leave room for the colors to show, but also so the candy pieces can be under the water.
You’ll get the best results if you use a pattern.
Once the Skittles or candy pieces are arranged to your satisfaction, slowly pour water into the centre of the plate. Don’t pour too hard, or your Skittles will move out of line, but they also need to be completely covered by the water for this to work.
Remember, use warm water for best results.
Now, watch carefully. The water should start to dissolve the candy coating on the Skittles. And the colors will start to fade off the pieces towards the centre of the plate! When they meet in the middle, you’ll get a pretty cool looking rainbow.
This super simple magic Skittles experiment you have to try is just so cool! It’s so easy you can do it over and over again. Try different candies, liquids, temperatures and patterns. What does oil, heated milk or cold water do to the candies? What about trying a square, or making a design?
Don’t forget to take a picture to record your results. It’s the best of art and science together.
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