I have seen this activity done on the internet many times, but this is my first time trying it out myself. Your Lil’ will love watching the Skittles melt and create a rainbow and frankly, you will probably be mesmerized yourself. I know I was.
This activity is an awesome way to learn about the 5 senses. Talk about what you see, smell and feel.
Lil’ Creators Grab a FREE copy of the Melt the Rainbow Template HERE.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Make predictions and perform experiments
  • Understand 3 of the 5 senses to make observations

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Pose “what,” “why” and “how” questions about their surroundings
  • Illustrate and describe observations
  • Make predictions, perform experiments, and discuss results
  • Use 5-senses to make observations


  • Uses writing materials to write (pencils, pens, crayons, markers)
  • Makes marks or scribbles as to represent words
  • Recognizes that writing is used to create meaning (scribbles a letter or grocery list) using some legible letters or words

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Required Materials

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Melt the Rainbow Template - Creators




Warm Water

Step #1
Lil’ Creators print out the Melt the Rainbow Data Sheet Template.
Step #2
Place the Skittles in a circle on a flat plate. (This should not be a paper plate)
Lil’ Creators draw a picture on the data sheet of the Skittles on the plate and record your prediction of what they think will happen when water is added.
Step #3
Slowly add warm water to the center of the circle. You do not want to drown the Skittles, but you want to make sure you have enough water to get the Skittles wet.
Step #4
Watch as the color melts off the Skittles and into the center. Be careful not to move the plate or table it is on so that the colors do not bleed into each other and turn brown.
Step #5

Talk about the different colors of the Skittles, the taste (I know your Lil’ tried at least one), the temperature of the water, what they think will happen, and the results.

Lil’ Creators should draw a picture on their data sheet of the results. Record your observations and the results in the conclusion section.

Teacher Tip

You may find that you are doing most of the talking and answering your own questions. That is okay! You are modeling how to make observations and predictions and that is a quintessential step in teaching. Lil’ Explorers, just because you are not filling out the data sheet does not mean you shouldn’t have these conversations.


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