Here’s a milk and food coloring experiment but I’d like to call it something else. Should we call it color bursts? Or should we call it spin art in milk? Or should we call it WOW, that’s amazing? Or should we call it food coloring in milk experiment which is what most people call it over the internet. I personally would and am calling it Spin Art Color Blast in Milk Experiment. As an adult I can’t believe how much I loved the results of this wonderful experiment/activity.
My friend Mary is a preschool teacher, she’s so creative and in tune with side by side learning with kids of all ages that when I came across this experiment, I knew I had to tell her about it. We tried it out with her son Luke, then Mary did it with her preschool class this week, then today we did it with our other children. The reactions from all ages were intrigued!
Half and Half
Food Coloring; primary colors
I love the simple supply list that most have in their house already!
Step 1. Cover the plate with the Half and Half
Step 2. Add 3-4 drops of each color in the center of the plate
Step 3. Dip 1 end of the Q-tip into one of the colors (Just dip, don’t swirl)
Did anything happen?
Step 4. Dip the other end of the Q-tip into the dish soap, just to cover not drip
Step 5. Now dip the soap end of the Q-tip into the center of one of the colors. (Make sure you just dip and not swirl)
Now what happens?
Dip your Q-tip into different spots on the plate. What happens when you place it on the edge? What happens when you take your Q-tip out? Watch the magic of the colors still reacting and moving.
Want to bring the experiment to a different level? Try different plates with different milk percentage. We tried skim, 2% and half and half and found half and half had the most activity. Below is the plate with skim milk.
When Mary did this experiment with her preschool kids almost all of them wanted to swirl the Q-tip around which made for less activity and blended the colors to be mostly gray. Children that dabbed it, stayed with it longer and colors continued to come alive.
Milk contains proteins and fats that are sensitive to chemical change. When we are adding the soap it weakens those bonds and they break apart. By adding the food coloring we’re able to see molecules physically change when they are swirling and bursting across the plate.
If you add more soap, it will weaken it faster and the bursts of colors will quickly stop.