Thursday, 10 April 2014

Fun Science Experiment for Kids

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Do you ever have trouble finding activities to entertain your toddler?


I know I do! I am always searching Pinterest, other blogs, and books for neat ideas. I try to find options that will teach her while she plays.

This is a simple, fun science experiment that kids can do, and is also kind of artsy at the same time. 

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Showing me where to add more colour.
 We poured the milk into our bowl, added in the food colouring, and let Emily drop in the liquid dish soap (using a few cotton swabs, whatever you have handy will do!). We sat back and watched as the colours twisted together. It was quite mesmerizing, even for me. :)

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Adding in more soap.
She enjoyed using the cotton swabs to drip in new drops of dish soap, after I added in more food colouring.

Since she's 2, it probably didn't do much good to explain what was happening. For older kids, this would be a great way to teach them about surface tension. The fat in the milk is being broken down by the soap, which is what makes colours blend together in front of your eyes.
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Artsy Extra

The milk turned into one solid blue-green liquid. So, I separated it into a couple of containers, added a bit more food colouring to one of them, mixed in flour (cornstarch probably would have been better, but flour seemed to work too). When it was a good paint-like consistency, Emily dug in with some blank paper and her paintbrushes.


43 comments:

  1. Cute experiment! Will definetly try

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    1. I homeschooled my kids for 5 years and would have LOVED this as more hands on and fun learning.I was the science Mom and hung out with other families with different talents.We hosted a science fair and had yearly writing competitions.So grateful for those years of discovery with them!

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  2. Sorry lol will try this with the kids looks like fun

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  3. That's awesome and it looks like a whole lot of fun.

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  4. I think science education is one of the most important things for kids! It encourages creativity, wonder at the world around, problem solving, and pure fun!! Thanks for the experiment, will definitely have to try!
    mbrigham7 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Wow this looks beautiful! I'll be trying this out with my kids, thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. I will try this with my grandson, he will love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This is a great science experiment. Most of us have these simple "materials" or ingredients on hand. Safe for all ages to be close and even stir up some colors. CooL!

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  8. Very cool :) I like the idea - very simple and things most of us have on hand already

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  9. This looks like so much fun, and even I didn't know the science behind it. My kids are a bit older so we can learn and have the fun, I'm also constantly searching Pinterest and I've had a couple of 'fails' lol. Thanks for this one (I pinned it so I wouldn't forget) Your daughter is adorable by the way! :) ~Raine~

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  10. That looks like so much fun and I think even as a single adult I'd enjoy seeing the reaction. I am curious if other types of milk (skim vs 2% or even a non-dairy milk) would have similar reactions or not. I may have to experiment sometime. Thanks :)

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  11. This is such a fun experiment for kids! I love that you explained the science behind why the milk makes these crazy, beautiful designs. It's a great way to sneak some science into your children's fun time without them knowing :) I also love the colorful swirls in the milk.

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  12. Awesome.
    Not only a science experiment you have paint for an art project.

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  13. We'll have to try this one!! My sons favourite experiment is vinegar, baking soda and food colouring. While I cook, he creates colours.

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  14. This looks like so much fun I may have to try it when the kiddos are sleeping lol. This is a great project for them to do at the kitchen counter while I'm working on lunch or dinner.

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  15. This looks like a great experiment to do with my daughters. I loved that you added flour to it to use as a paint afterwards.

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  16. Very cool! I love doing science projects with kids. They are always so amazed by how things work. Nothing like experiencing things again through the eyes of kids. :)

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  17. Looks like a very cool project to do with the kids. I find it interesting to watch the kids as they discover how things work.

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  18. I love finding and doing neat little science things with my son, he loves it too, thanks for sharing that looks simple and fun :) and kids love anything messy and colorful lol.

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  19. That's precious. I remember loving to get everything messy. maybe some feet and hands painting? :)

    Meeble

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  20. My kids are older now (9 and 11), but I have nieces and a nephew that are toddlers. I love Pinterest for ideas. My kids and I did this activity a few times when they were little, but I'm sure they would enjoy doing it with their cousins. I like the idea of turning it into paint after, I always dumped it out!

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  21. What a fabolous idea! I wanna try :)

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  22. I love experiments like this! I've been loving the marbling trend for fabrics and paper too and been contemplating an adult experiment with permanent dyes. I'll start with this one that everyone can have fun with :) Thanks for the post!!

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  23. My son loves to do his own little experiments. He uses my soap and different things to make special smells that he says help people. I think it is so cute when kids put items together and learn by their hands right at home.

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  24. bought a micrscope for my 9 year old granddaughter...she looks at everything..fun to see her discover things

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  25. what a beautiful experiment. Just need to get that onto paper it's make a wonderful piece of art.

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  26. Looks like something my 3 year old would have lots of fun with. Great project for summer!

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  27. Great idea !!! It looks like so much fun :) My son would love this.

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  28. Cute and brilliant experiment! I want to try to with my son. lol

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  29. Having crafts at hand for the kids to do can be minds saving. You are trying to get dinner ready and the children are requiring attention, just bring out the crafts. The above mentioned craft will occupy their time and let you get things done.

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  30. These are brilliant ideas! I wish I knew about them when my kids were little, I will just have to remember them for the Grandkids now :)

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  31. My grandson loves experimenting with colors and shapes,Im sure he will enjoy tis thanks so much for sharing such a great idea !

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  32. My daughter would have a blast with this! She just turned 3 last month so mixing paint with anything is in her agenda! I do have a tough time coming up with ways to entertain her and i love that you can do this with stuff you have around the house!

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  33. What a fun craft to do with kids! I love this!

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  34. This would be a perfect fun thing to do with my grandson. Bet we do this this more than once when he visits

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  35. My niece is a very active kid he loves to play around and do some art works. After i saw this blog post of your i get an idea on how Troy will do this summer. Thank you so much my dear for this idea.

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  36. This is super duper fun. Thank you for shairng.

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  37. This looks like a great experiment to do with my grandkids,and no wasting can reuse when done !

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  38. so cool... this experiment gives me idea on how my niece will make busy.

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  39. I will try this with my son.thank you for sharing

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  40. Thanks for the experiment. We tried this with the grandkids over the weekend and they really enjoyed it !

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  41. Sounds like a great experiment for a rainy day thanks!

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  42. Looks like fun, but if your children like to splash you may want to make it an outside activity! Simple fun :)

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