This experiment with skittles is colourful, easy and makes a great statement about what we are asking God to do when we pray. In essence, prayers are a way of joining with God and asking him to have an effect on the world and situations around us. We pray because we believe that our prayers, through God's power, will make a difference to the world. In this activity, colour is released from the sweets into the surrounding water, creating a colourful picture, symbolic of how the prayers we raise to God are a way of us joining with Him to release the kingdom here on earth and have an impact.
You will need: A bag of skittles, a plate, hot water (not hot enough to scald, but hot enough to make the colour run!)
Arrange the skittles in the plate
Pour some hot water onto the plate to cover its surface. Pour it carefully so that the skittles stay in place. Wait and the skittles will gradually release their colour
Try an alternative...
Cover the surface of the plate with water and ask children to pick up a skittle, pray for a person or situation and place the skittle on the plate.