Magic Pumpkin Experiment

Hello everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely day. Today I decided to try a fun experiment that I got the idea from over at

What you need:

  • Reeses pieces (or skittles will work too)
  • Warm water
  • A hard surface that water won’t run off of

First what you are going to do is arrange your Reeses pieces or skittles on your hard surface. This can be in the shape of a pumpkin as I did or any other shape or completely random!

img_1402Next, pour in a little bit of hot water so that it partially or completely covers the candy.

img_1404Finally, you can sit back and watch the magic as the pumpkin forms!

img_1406So how does this happen? You can explain to the child or group of children you are doing this activity with that because there is food coloring and sugar on the coating of the Reese’s pieces, that when the water comes into contact with the candy, the sugar dissolves into the water and the food coloring fills the plate where the water is. A similar example is when you put one of these candies in your mouth and just let it sit there for awhile without swallowing it. The saliva and moisture in your mouth dissolve the sugar and the food coloring will most likely stain your tongue!

Happy reading! I hope you enjoyed this science activity idea I found! If you liked it, feel free to leave a comment and share how it went for you.



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