Do you end up with tons of skittles candy from holidays gone by? We certainly build a small arsenal of sugary treats and there’s a great use for them too.  Fun science experiments! This is a classic skittles science experiment that everyone has to try once. This would also make a great idea for a skittles science project!

SKITTLES SCIENCE EXPERIMENT FOR KIDS

This Skittles science activity is an awesome candy science experiment that is easy to set up for kids! #skittlescience #candyexperiments #STEM

SKITTLES EXPERIMENTS

This skittles experiment might not seem like much of a science activity, but kids love it! There are definitely some simple but important science concepts for them to learn, and they can play around with a little art too.

The biggest question of all that comes up with this skittles experiment is why don’t the skittles colors mix.   So we had to do some investigating. This is a great opportunity to learn about predictions for kids and developing a hypothesis. Read more about scientific method.

Keep reading to learn more about something called stratification below as well as more cool science facts kids can discover with this fun and simple skittles experiment.

FUN VARIATIONS OF A SKITTLES EXPERIMENT

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SKITTLES EXPERIMENT

FACTS ABOUT SKITTLES  

Skittles are made of ingredients that can dissolve in water. They also do it quickly, so you have neat science right away.  Dissolving candy is fun to test out with a variety of liquids and even candies.  Find out how different candies dissolve at different rates. Dissolving gumdrops also makes a colorful science experiment!

Dissolving skittles also makes for great homemade skittles paint!

WHY DON’T THE SKITTLES COLORS MIX?

While digging around for information, I learned about a term called stratification. The immediate definition of stratification is the arrangement of something into different groups which is a lot like we see with the skittle colors, but why?

Water stratification is all about how water has different masses with different properties and this may create the barriers that you see among the colors from the skittles.

Still, other sources talk about how each skittle has the same amount of food coloring being dissolved and as the concentration of this color spreads out similarly they don’t mix when they meet up with each other.

watching skittles colors dissolve on plates

SKITTLES EXPERIMENT

This skittles experiment is so simple and it goes fast, so don’t turn your back on it! Great for kids to set up and do themselves too!

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Skittles
  • Water
  • Plates

skittles science activity set up by making patterns of skittles on plates

SKITTLES EXPERIMENT SET UP:

Setting up this skittles experiment is a cinch. We decided to get a little creative and add an artistic element to our skittles science experiment.

STEP 1 :  You want to empty out your skittles and check out the colors.

STEP 2:  Next, lay out your plates in an area where they won’t be disturbed.

STEP 3: Now’s the fun part, make patterns! It’s up to you on how you want to place your colors. Make a rainbow or any sort of pattern that interests you. You can experiment with placing different colors next to each other.

STEP 4: Once you have your patterns placed, gently begin pouring water in the middle of the plate until it reaches all the candies and just barely covers them.

skittles science experiment

SKITTLES EXPERIMENT SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Now wait, and watch to see what happens! Give your kids a chance to ask questions, make observations, and explore.

Why not make observations with the 5 senses and encourage them to look, listen, feel, taste, and maybe hear what’s happening?

Ask open-ended questions to get kids thinking! What changes could they make to this experiment?

  • Could this skittles science experiment work with another type of candy?
  • What would happen if you tried a different liquid and compared the results?
  • What happens when you add hot water to skittles?

Learning how to be a scientist is all about asking questions, testing ideas, and finding solutions!

With just a few simple steps, this science experiment for kids will wow you!

plates with skittles of varying levels of stratification

Although it’s not magic, this skittles science activity is really magical looking for kids!

plates of skittles for skittle science activity

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