Skittles Rainbow Experiment

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Wow the kids while exploring science with the Skittles rainbow experiment!
This experiment is easy to set up, and all you need is a bag of Skittles and a few willing participants. If your kids are anything like mine they will be eager to jump in and see if they can make a Skittles rainbow.
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Skittles Rainbow Experiment
Materials
  • Skittles
  • Hot water
  • A shallow plate or similar
Method
  • Begin by placing Skittles in general, rainbow order along the inner perimeter of a shallow plate.
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  • Each time we do this experiment we place the candies a little differently.  The exact placement does not matter.  Just be sure that the candy colors are rotated. 

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  • Once the Skittles are in place it is time to add the water!
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  • Have the kids carefully pour very warm water directly into the middle of the plate.  
  • Have them pour just enough water so that the Skittles are in the water but not fully submerged.
  • Then, step back & observe.
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  • Kids will immediately notice the outer shell of the candies beginning to dissolve, creating a mesmerizing rainbow effect.
  • The rainbow will quickly expand as the skittles are exposed to the water.
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  • My kids were in awe over this simple bit of science and marveled as the colors danced & swirled into beautiful explosions of color!
Extend the Fun
  • Try this experiment using different flavors of Skittles.
  • Make different patterns on the plate before adding water.  
  • What are the results?
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The Science

Why don't the varying colors mix in the water?
  • Each skittle coating holds a different sugar density.
  • Due to the varying densities of the candy coatings the colors do not mix in the water.
  • Learn more about liquid densities.
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