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Science with Sean: Dissolve the Rainbow

Updated: Nov. 1, 2019 at 6:08 AM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Save that colorful candy to make artwork. We dissolved Skittles to turn them into water colors. Here’s how!

Ingredients:

Skittles

Warm Water

A plate

Skittles, a plate and warm water
Skittles, a plate and warm water(Science with Sean)

Step 1: Line up your Skittles along the edge of the plate. Make sure they’re in a single file line.

Place them in a single-file line around the plate (or any design you desire)
Place them in a single-file line around the plate (or any design you desire)(Science with Sean)

Step 2: Pour the warm water in the center of the plate. Put enough water to fill the plate to start touching the Skittles. If any of the Skittles move, place them back in line.

Put enough water to start touching the skittles and watch what happens.
Put enough water to start touching the skittles and watch what happens.(Science with Sean)

Step 3: Start watching the colors come out of the Skittles.

and spread across the plate and make art
and spread across the plate and make art(Science with Sean)

Why does this happen?

Skittles are coated with sugar and food coloring, which dissolves when mixed with water. You see the food coloring diffuse from the Skittle and form the color streak.

It usually only takes a couple minutes, depending on how warm your water is.
It usually only takes a couple minutes, depending on how warm your water is.(Science with Sean)

Try different designs with your skittles and see how they turn out! Also you are able to eat the now colorless Skittles if you want.

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