Simple Science: Food Color

I always have big ambitions for crafts and projects to do with my kids, a problem that has not been helped by the invention of facebook and Pinterest. But inevitable my enthusiasm takes a big nose dive when I see the list of things I need, and start reading through the instructions. It seems that most projects take a long time to set up, two or three trips to a craft store, 10 minutes of fun, and then several hours of clean up. Sound familiar?

That’s why I am always on the lookout for super simple (and I mean super duper simple) crafts and science projects. This one meets all of my requirements: less than 5 ingredients, all of which I have in my kitchen, no prep time and virtually no clean up time. My kids were suitably amazed by this and yours will be too!

Here’s the line up. Milk, dish soap, and food coloring. Yep, that’s it!

Pour the milk into a bowl. For the prettiest results I used a flat, wide mouthed bowl. You could also use a cake pan, or a square baking dish.

Add a couple drops on one food color in a corner or near the edge. You want the colors to be equally spaced in your bowl (see picture). Add the second and third color in the same way.

Now add a drop or two of dish soap to the center of the bowl. The reaction should be instantaneous!

Watch the colors come together and magically  swirl into different shapes and colors. The reaction will last for quite awhile.

The best part is when your kids stopped being amazed in 10-15 minutes, you can then dump it down the drain. Easy clean-up!

If you try it come back and tell us if your kids loved it! We’d love to hear your comments.

2 thoughts on “Simple Science: Food Color

  1. I love this! My kids always love to amaze others with their cool projects and this will fit the bill just right, plus easy cleanup! :) Thanks for the great idea.

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