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Skittles Rainbow Science Experiment

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Create your own rainbow at home using Skittles! This skittles rainbow experiment is an easy, fun, and hands-on way to let your child create their own rainbow.

How to Make a Skittles Rainbow Experiment

Materials Needed:

  • Skittles*
  • White Plate
  • Hot Water


  1. Create a rainbow circle with the Skittles around the edge of the plate.
  2. Slowly pour the hot water into the center of the plate, but make sure the water is touching the Skittles.
  3. Wait and watch the Skittles colors move towards the center of the plate, creating beautiful rainbow streaks.

*Careful adult supervision is required for this activity, as Skittles can be a choking hazard for young children.

Skittles Rainbow Experiment – Video Tutorial

Questions to Ask Your Child After the Experiment:

  1. What happened when you poured the water?
  2. What happened to the Skittles?
  3. What colors appeared in the water?

We hope you try this simple skittles rainbow experiment with your child! Visit our Family Resource Library for more interactive kid’s activities, parenting tips, book recommendations, and more.

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