Color Changing Milk Science Experiment





Color Changing Milk Science Experiment

What you’ll need for the Color Changing Milk Science Experiment:

Milk (whole or 2%)
Dinner plate
Food coloring (red, yellow, green, blue)
Dish-washing soap
Cotton swabs


Directions for the Color Changing Milk Science Experiment:

Fill a dinner plate with whole or 2% milk and let it settle.

Color Changing Milk Science Experiment

Pour one drop of each color of food coloring into the middle of the plate keeping the colors close together.

Color Changing Milk Science Experiment

Place one end of a clean cotton swab into the center (do not stir). What happens?

Color Changing Milk Science Experiment

Now, put a drop of dish soap on the other end of the cotton swab and place the cotton swab in the center of the plate for about 15 seconds. You should see the colors spread out towards the sides of the plate!

Color Changing Milk Science Experiment

After your child sees the colors burst to the sides, you can allow them to stir it around if you wish.

Color Changing Milk Science Experiement

Once the colors were mixed the milk turned a greenish color. We repeated the steps again. You can see why it’s important to place the cotton swab in the very middle of the colors, otherwise, only one color will burst to the sides!

Color Changing Milk Science Experiment

I let my daughter stir the milk again after the second experiment.

Color Changing Milk Science experiment

To read why this happens when you place the cotton swab with soap into the milk and to get the original set of directions for this experiment, visit Color Changing Milk at Steve Spangler Science. I found this Color Changing Milk Science Experiment for kids idea in the April 2012 Issue of Parenting: School Years.
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