Science, pumpkins and candy all in one perfectly simple science experiment to try with the kiddos this month. Our pumpkin skittles science project is a fun twist on the classic experiment. You will love how easy it is to set up and try with kids of all ages! Quick results make it super fun for kids to observe, and then try over and over again. Hands on experiments make everyday learning and lesson planning easy!
PUMPKIN SKITTLES SCIENCE EXPERIMENT FOR FALL
PUMPKIN SCIENCE FOR FALL
Of course, you need to try out a candy science experiment with a pumpkin theme! Do you remember our original skittles science experiment? I thought it would be fun to give the kids a fall theme science experiment so we changed up the original a bit with the colors and shapes.
This pumpkin skittles science project is an awesome example of solubility, and kids will love this fascinating candy science experiment! You could also try M&M’s as well as Skittles, and compare the results.
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PUMPKIN SKITTLES EXPERIMENT
You will want to set this up someplace where it won’t be bumped into but where you can easily watch the process unfold. Kids will have so much fun creating their own arrangements and patterns with the skittles. You should definitely have multiple plates handy.
- Orange and Green Skittles Candy
- Plastic Plates or other dish (flat bottom is best)
HOW TO SETUP PUMPKIN SKITTLES EXPERIMENT
STEP 1. Set out a bowl of skittles or you can let the kids sort them out themselves.
STEP 2. Arrange the orange skittles around the plate in the shape of a pumpkin. Add green skittles on top for a stem.
STEP 3. Before pouring in the water ask your child to form a prediction. What will happen to the candy when it is wet? This is a great time to work in a little deeper learning, you can find information to teach your child about the scientific method here.
STEP 4. Carefully pour water into the plate or dish until it just covers the candy. Be careful not to shake or move the plate once you add the water or it will mess up the effect.
STEP 5. Watch as the colors stretch and bleed out away from the Skittles, coloring the water. What happened? Did they mix? What if you used clear soda instead would that change the outcome?
WHY DON’T THE COLORS MIX?
This skittles experiment demonstrates a process called stratification. The simple definition is that stratification is the arrangement of something into groups because of different properties. Specifically, this is water stratification.
Each skittles color has a slightly different chemical composition which when dissolved in the water creates a solution that has slightly different properties. This creates a barrier that prevents the water from mixing.
While we were looking up information about stratification online some sources said that each color of Skittles have the same amount of food coloring that is being dissolved off the shell and so as it spreads it doesn’t mix when they meet.
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FUN PUMPKIN SKITTLES EXPERIMENT FOR FALL
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