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I love being able to incorporate the holidays into our homeschool lessons. This easy Skittles science project is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from the norm. Put the text books and worksheets away for a day (or even just one subject) and do something new this St. Patrick’s Day.
When the holidays roll around, it’s fun to find activities that incorporate the holiday while teaching at the same time.
When you can incorporate holiday can into your homeschool lessons, it’s sure to grab your student’s attention.
Whether you’re looking for ways to use up leftover Halloween candy or the Skittles left behind by a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day, candy science is sure to keep kids of all ages engaged!
St Patricks Day Science
This science project is super easy, and only requires a few supplies that you’ve likely got on hand already.
What You Need
What to Do
Line all of the skittles colors (except green) around the inside edge of the plate. A white plate works best so kids can see the full effect of the experiment.
Using the green Skittles, make a shamrock shape in the center of the plate.
Pour HOT water onto the plate very slowly.
Use just enough water to coat the bottom of the skittles – about ¼ way up.
Sit back and watch the magic happen!!!
After your kids have completed this activity, try making different shapes with the skittles in the center. Try making a red heart or a rainbow with all of the colors. They’ll love watching the different color patterns emerge.
Experiment with using cold water instead of hot water. Compare the results.
Have students explain what is happening to the Skittles. Be sure to use the word dissolve in your discussion about the results.
Did your kids enjoy this fun St. Patrick’s Day Skittles experiment?
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT St. Patrick’s Day
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about St. Patrick’s Day. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
How to Catch a Leprechaun – You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you’ll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with this fun and lively children’s book.
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day – It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?
Ten Lucky Leprechauns – Count from one to ten as one little leprechaun looking for treasure magically becomes ten silly leprechaun friends at the end of the rainbow! A humorous, rhyming celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!
More St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Everything you need to create your own leprechaun traps! Includes ‘The Definitive Guide to Leprechauns and their Capture’, as well as a box full of items that can create traps to help you get your own gold!
This St. Patrick’s Day Tic Tac Toe game set is the perfect St. Patrick’s day class gift, birthday party favor, or travel game!