I’ve seen this experiment several places online and the results looked so impressive that I just had to try it out with the kids. Check out the beautiful pics of our Skittles experiment! I know that we’ll be repeating this experiment to see the beautiful color combinations–probably whenever we have company over. They’ll think we’re magicians!
- large plate
- warm/hot water
- measuring cup
- Arrange Skittles in a circle around the outside edge of the plate, making sure to alternate colors. Plate should sit on a level surface. (This really does affect the outcome of the experiment!)
- Pour warm water in the middle of the plate so that it spreads out just beyond the line of Skittles.
- Watch closely because the colors will disperse fairly quickly. Try not to shake the plate or it will cause the colors to shift about and muddy.
This experiment is a fun jumping off point for talking about diffusion. You can see that concept in action by watching the colors diffuse through the water.