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Candy Camouflage

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by Teisha Rowland, PhD
Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
animals, predators, prey, camouflage
Volunteers picking camouflaged M&M's out of a mixture of M&M's and Skittles.


Have you ever wondered how predators, like wolves, lions, and hawks, are able to find their prey? And what can an animal do to stay off of a hunter's menu? To survive, some animals use camouflage so they can better blend in with their surroundings. In this science activity, you will be the hungry predator and you will hunt for M&M's candies. But it may not be as easy as it sounds — some of your prey will be camouflaged by their habitat. Will they be able to avoid your grasp? To find out, work up an appetite and go hunting for some candy!


Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
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  • Plain M&M's candies (10 of each color). One king size (3.14 oz) or larger package is needed
  • Skittles (at least 60 of each color). One 16-oz. package or larger is needed.
  • Plastic bags (6)
  • Metal pie tin or sturdy paper plate
  • Timer or stopwatch
  • Volunteer predators (kids) who like to eat M&M's (2–4)
    Materials for a science activity using candy to teach camouflage.
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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
animals, predators, prey, camouflage