We love this arty, edible activity that's brilliant for toddlers and preschoolers. It only takes 15 minutes and – apart from a bag of Skittles – only requires stuff you already have round the house.


MFM crafter mum Jo Edwards has tested it out with her daughter Esther, 3 – and shared some great step-by-step pictures with us. She tells us how pleased she was with how much Esther enjoyed the activity:

Esther loved it! There were so many ‘Wow!'s as she watched the colours start to run. And she was pretty chuffed about eating a few Skittles afterwards as well!
Jo Edwards, MFM crafter and mum to Esther, 3

Here's how to make swirly rainbow art

swirly rainbow art materials
Pic: Jo Edwards

You will need:

  • Skittles (1 pack)
  • Plate or bowl
  • Small bowl or cookie cutters (optional)
  • Warm water

Step 1: Arranging the Skittles

Arrange the Skittles into a simple shape on your plate. You can use a small bowl or cookie cutters as a guide or you can make a freehand shape by eye.


Step 2: Adding Warm Water

When your shape is complete, remove the bowl or cookie cutter, if using. Then pour warm water onto the plate, making sure all the Skittles are sitting in a layer of water. This bit is important: Jo says that if you miss some Skittles with the water and try to top up later, the colourful pattern will disappear.

swirly rainbow art step 2
Pic: Jo Edwards

Step 3: Colorful Pattern Forming

Keep watching – you'll need to have a little patience! – as the colour from the Skittles slowly moves into the water to make an amazing pattern!

More like this
swirly rainbow art finish
Pic: Jo Edwards

You can carry on making different shapes with the rest of the Skittles: Jo says she found that 1 bag of Skittles will make 5 different shapes.


Read more