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Skittles experiment - 15th March 2023

This week in the joeys room we are focusing on science experiments and on Tuesday we tried doing the experiment but unfortunately it did not work. So this morning Kylie researched the skittles experiment and it said to use cold water or warm water. So I got out three plates and 3 cups each cup filled with a different liquid. One was cold water, one was warm water and the other was milk. I then got Nathan , Hunter and Elya to place the skittles on each plate around the edge. Tilly and Ayaan were excited as they watched what was happening.Then one at a time we poured the liquids onto each plate. Hunter, Elya and Nathan helped. We started with the milk and asked the children to watch closely then we poured the cold water onto the next plate and lastly the warm water onto the last plate. As the water and skittles interacted with each other the children watched the skittles explode with colour. I asked the children what was happening with the skittles and water. I explained the colours were interacting with each other and what colours can they see. Hunter said" yellow" Elya said " green" Nathan said " green" Tilly attempted to say green. Ayaan had more fun touching the skittles and water. I asked the children if they could see the colours in the milk. They said " no". The children liked touching the milk and the water while watching the skittles change colours.

Link to Pedagogical Documentation

EYLF Outcomes

Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.2 Children develop a range of learning and thinking skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating. The children were learning how experiments work and what steps were taken to reach the end experiment

Service Philosophy

We provided hands on learning opportunities where children can explore, experiment and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world we I've in.


Critical reflection. As the educator I was able to research the experiment properly and then I explained to the children we are doing it again. I put three plates out so the children could see the difference in what the liquid did to the skittles. It was an intentional teaching moment because it gave lots of opportunities to explain what was happening during the experiment. Follow up. Continue with science experiments

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