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4th of July Skittles Science Experiment

Celebrate Independence Day with this simple red, white, and blue 4th of July Skittles Science Experiment! This simple science experiment for kids will teach them about how sugar dissolves when mixed with warm water and mixing colors. 

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Not only are science experiments a lot of fun, but your kids can learn many important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision making.

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Through hands-on science activities your children can also practice asking questions, observing, recording data, analyzing the results, and drawing conclusions. These skills will help your kids in all areas of their learning including reading and writing! 

Getting Ready To Do The 4th of July Skittles Science Experiment:

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What’s Needed:

  • White or Clear Dinner Plate
  • Red, White, and Blue Skittles
  • A Cup of Warm Water
  • Recording Sheet (click on the button below)

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If you are doing this experiment in your classroom or homeschool, you can have your kids write their predictions and observations on the recording sheet. To get the free printable, click on the button below to download and print the worksheet. 

To set up this science activity, set the plate on a level surface. Next, place the red, white, and blue Skittles in a circle near the edge or rim of a glass or plastic plate. 

How To Do The 4th of July Skittles Science Experiment:

To begin this simple science experiment, slowly pour the warm water into the center of the plate until the water spreads and covers the bottom of the candy. 

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As the water moves from the middle of the plate to the rim, it touches the Skittles and begins to dissolve the sugary shell.

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Within seconds, your kids can watch as the colors begin to move toward the center of the plate and come together until they all touch.

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As your children observe the colors blending, they can time how long it takes for the colors to blend and record the data. Your kids can also take pictures or a video of the experiment. 

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After the experiment, your young learners can record their observations on the recording sheet.

The Science Behind The Skittles Science Experiment:

Skittles are covered by a hard, crunchy shell that is made up of sugar and different colored dye. When the warm water mixes with the sugary shell, the sugar dissolves and the different colored dye begins to run and blend together.

Simple Science Experiment for Kids

This red, white, and blue 4th of July Skittles Science Experiment is a simple science activity to teach your kids how sugar dissolves when mixed with warm water and about mixing and creating new colors. 

Can You Use Other Candy For This Experiment?

You can use any type of candy that has a hard, crunchy shell that is made up of sugar and different colored dye. You can try M&M’s and compare the experiment results to Skittles. 

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4th of July Skittles Science Experiment

4th of July Skittles Science Experiment

This red, white, and blue 4th of July Skittles Science Experiment is a simple science activity to teach your kids how sugar dissolves when mixed with warm water and about mixing and creating new colors. 

Materials

  • White or Clear Dinner Plate
  • Red, White, and Blue Skittles
  • A Cup of Warm Water

Instructions

To begin this simple science experiment, slowly pour the warm water into the center of the plate until the water spreads and covers the bottom of the candy. 

As the water moves from the middle of the plate to the rim, it touches the Skittles and begins to dissolve the sugary shell.

Within seconds, your kids can watch as the colors begin to move toward the center of the plate and come together until they all touch.

As your children observe the colors blending, they can time how long it takes for the colors to blend and record the data. Your kids can also take pictures or video of the experiment. 

Notes

Skittles are covered by a hard, crunchy shell that is made up of sugar and different colored dye. When the warm water mixes with the sugary shell, the sugar dissolves and the different colored dye begins to run and blend together.

 

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