Rainbow Skittles - A fun and easy science experiment for kids!

The rainbow skittles science experiment is a fun and easy science experiment for preschoolers upwards. Young children seem to love this classic science experiment! Toddlers, preschoolers and older kids will be fascinated as they watch the colour dissolve from the skittles into the water to create a rainbow of colour. The best thing is that this reaction takes place within seconds so there is no waiting around!

Rainbow Skittles - A fun and easy science experiment for kids!

We love fun and easy science experiments for kids! Take a look at some of our other science experiments. You might like our magic milk fireworks, ice paints and our frozen oobleck sensory play.



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Supplies for the Rainbow Skittles Experiment


  • A bag of skittles 
  • Warm water 
  • A plate



Rainbow Skittles Experiment


Place skittles in a circle on a plate. You could have fun at this stage trying out different colour combinations and making different shapes with the skittles. 

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Once you have laid out all the skittles carefully pour some warm water into the centre of the plate. Wait a few seconds and you will start to see the colour dissolving from the skittles and spreading into the water.

Rainbow skittles science experiment

The colour travels quickly, as if by magic, and soon you have a rainbow of colours. 

Rainbow skittles - a classic kids science experiment for kids

Young children will find this reaction fascinating to watch. 

Rainbow skittles - A fun and easy science experiment for kids

What better way to use up any left over sweets you have lying around the house after Halloween or Christmas! 

Rainbow skittles - A fun and easy science experiment for preschoolers

Rainbow skittles in a fun and easy science experiment for kids. This classic kids science experiment is loved by toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. What a great use for left over Halloween candy.


We hope that you enjoy the rainbow skittles science experiment as much as we did! We have lots more fun and easy science experiments for kids that you might want to try!

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