For this Elf on the Shelf activity, the kids participate in a Skittles Rainbow Experiment. New creative, funny, and original Elf on the Shelf Ideas daily.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas
We are back, so is the Elf on the Shelf! If you have been with us a long time, you know we have brought you a new Elf on the Shelf Ideas daily (in the months of November and December) for the past six years. You can view our Elf on the Shelf Master List for a full list of ideas including every idea we have ever done.
For many of these Elf on the Shelf ideas, make sure you have an elf that can bend. You can do that easily with our Bendable Elf on the Shelf tutorial. You also can shop our collection of Elf Printables for ideas to cover the entire season!
Is there a Rainbow Elf?
If you are on the hunt for a rainbow Elf on the Shelf doll only, I have terrible news… there isn’t a rainbow Elf. As a reminder, Elf dolls only come in red and white. There are knock off versions in different colors, but the classic doll has a red hat and white collar.
However, if tasting the rainbow is fun for you, take a look at this cool Skittles Elf on the Shelf rainbow experiment.
Skittles Rainbow Experiment
Have you seen our five minute science experiments for kids? There are many ideas you can incorporate into your December Elf on the Shelf ideas. We did not pull this activity from that list, but we have a Skittles Rainbow Experiment your kids will love to do with their red elves.
How do you do the Skittles trick?
Don’t worry. I have the answers. First gather these supplies you likely have at home.
Skittles Rainbow Supplies
- The Elf on the Shelf doll
- Skittles package
- 1/4 Cup Warm Water
- White plate (white shows the background)
Skittles Rainbow Experiment Directions
Elf can leave these written directions, though we will provide you with more detailed directions below.
“Let’s make a rainbow. Just add warm water.”
First, arrange your Skittles in a circular pattern around the edge of the plate. One skittle, side by side, until your skittles form a circle radius of the plate. (You can do this for your kids/Elf or you can just layout a box of Skittles for your kid to do when they wake.)
When your skittles are in place, pour over enough warm water to cover all the Skittles and the plate itself.
Watch and wait as a Skittles rainbow appears. You will watch the colors bleed toward the center/middle of the plate.
Now that you know how to do the Elf on the Shelf skittles experiment, let’s explain!
Skittles Rainbow Explanation
Skittle candy is full of dye. The combination of dye and sugar dissolves quickly in warm water. When placed in a shallow plate of warm water, the dye quickly dissolves in the water making a colorful rainbow. The reason the colors do not mix naturally (unless stirred, shaken, or sit awhile) is because each food color has the same amount of sugar dissolved from each Skittle. As the sugar dissolved, it pushed outwards into the color beside it building almost a wall against the neighboring solution
Printables for Elf on the Shelf
Our most popular Elf on the Shelf printables can be found in our Elf Store. Shop Elf costumes, our Elf Twister board, Jokes for Kids, our Magic Shrinking Machine and so much more!
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Elf on the Shelf on Social Media
Save these ideas because you will want to stay up to date on these ideas each Christmas season. We do our best to mix up easy and hard Elf on the Shelf Ideas.
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Our goal, to make Elf easy for you!
What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition. The tradition has a book and a elf doll. The book is poetic and in rhyme sharing the purpose of the Elf’s visits. The Elf visits each Thanksgiving. He/She goes and returns from the North Pole each evening. Every morning he can be found in a new location in the house. The Elf has been found in the refrigerator, fishing in the toilet, writing messages on the mirror or hanging from the lights. It is VERY IMPORTANT, the Elf is not touch each evening or his Christmas magic will be lost! Each family is able to name their special elf. The elves return to their home (Santa’s North Pole Work shop) every Christmas Eve. An Elf’s Story can also be found on DVD.
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