What does the skittle experiment teach?

This experiment explores the chemistry concept known as the concentration gradient – that is, that chemicals move from areas of higher concentration to areas of lower concentration in an attempt to equalise the concentration.

How do you do the Skittles rainbow on a plate?

Activity. Arrange the Skittles in a single row coloured pattern around the edge of the plate. Pour over enough warm water to cover all the Skittles and the plate itself. Watch and wait as a rainbow appears on the plate, the colours will move towards the middle and create a whirl of colour.

Why do Skittles colors not mix in water?

The reason the colours do not initially mix is due to water stratification. Each colour creates a water solution with slightly different properties (e.g. density). This creates a barrier that prevents the colours from mixing.

How do different liquids affect Skittles?

Skittles react differently to different liquids depending on the liquids amount of sugar and carbonation. The liquids affect the carnauba wax causing it to dissolve. Orange juice contains 23 grams of sugar and no carbonated water. And finally, rubbing alcohol contains water and is 70% isopropyl alcohol.

How long does the Skittles experiment take?

about 10 minutes
Very quickly you will start to see the colors travel. Watch to see how they move about the plate and what happens when they meet up with other colors. Depending on the size of your creation this will take about 10 minutes.

How do you make rainbow Skittles with hot water?

Plate. Warm water. Skittles (Try different colors and flavors!)…Instructions:

  1. Grab your plate and organize the Skittles in a circle around the edge of the plate.
  2. Gently pour water in the center of the plate.
  3. Wait and watch the Skittles colors move towards the center of the plate with beautiful rainbow streaks.
  4. That’s it.

Which liquid dissolves the skittle the fastest?

Which liquid dissolves Skittles the fastest? Warm water is the best liquid to dissolve skittle faster. In addition, the other liquids that dissolve skittles include: vinegar, lemon juice, alcohol, coke, milk, etc. Skittles come in different colors and each color has different chemical properties.

Is this Skittles rainbow science activity easy to do?

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This Skittles rainbow science activity is so easy to do and incredibly fun! It even comes with free recording sheets to add to your science lesson plans!

How to make a color experiment with Skittles?

Grab your plate and organize the Skittles in a circle around the edge of the plate. Kids can try different color patterns each time they do the experiment! Gently pour water in the center of the plate. Warm water works better than cold.

What did our kids choose to do with the skittles?

Our kids chose to do the experiment over and over again with different Skittles colors and patterns. It’s easy to wash the plate off and create a new pattern to experiment with!

What happens when you put skittles in water?

The Science Behind this Rainbow Science Experiment: Skittles are coated with sugar and food coloring. When you add warm water to the Skittles, the sugar and food coloring start to dissolve. They have similar amounts coated on them so they dissolve at similar speeds and stay in their lanes.