Magic Milk and Brilliant Bubbles

Feb 22, 2012

This is a fabulous little experiment that will delight your children (and you, thanks to how easy it is).

It takes very few ingredients that can be found easily around the house.


 Pour enough milk to cover the bottom of a plate


 Add some food colouring


 And then some dishwashing liquid to the centre of the food colour


 It instantly splits the colour and gives you a tie-dye effect. "Woah!"


 After splitting it as far as we could, adding more and more dishwashing liquid she used a paddle-pop stick to swirl it all together


 Experiment over? It could be, but no, let's add a straw and blow bubbles. Talk about your observations


 Will the same experiment work with water instead of milk? You'll have to try to find out. If your child is ready, talk about why or why not.


 Bubble blowing is so much fun that it doesn't matter the result!


Wow! "When I blew really softly I made a GIGANTIC bubble"



Some tips:

- To simplify this activity, pour the milk and food colouring in yourself and have your child dip a cotton tip in detergent and then into the food colour

- To extend this activity, try using lots of different colours on the one plate and see what happens. Can you and your child create a colour wheel?

- You can use this activity to experiment with colour mixing

- Talk with your child about what they think is happening and why. Use different vocabulary and lots of descriptive words (adjectives) to extend their literacy skills.

- If blowing bubbles, see what the difference in the bubbles is if you have more or less detergent or if you blow harder or softer.



Debs :)


13 comments:

  1. Your daughter is the cutest thing! She looks like she had lots of fun! Great activity, will have to give it a try! x

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  2. Love the added bubble blowing to this experiment!

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  3. Thanks for taking the time to comment Janice and Jamie :) I appreciate your feedback! x

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  4. What a great activity - I haven't tried this EVER and now will have to tomorrow to see what happens with J.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week - look forward to seeing you linking up again next week.

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  5. I have been meaning to do this activity, and just have not gotten around to it yet. I love the addition of bubble blowing. Fantastic post! Thanks for sharing with Tuesday Tots!

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  6. I'm so glad that you fabulous people have actually found something you haven't tried yet! haha. The best thing about this activity is how EASY it is to both set up and to do! Hope your kids like it :)

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  7. I loved doing magic milk with my kids when they were younger. It is easy and sooooo much fun! Love that you added bubbles. I never thought of that. Love the big smiles too.

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  8. Wonderful ideas and photos! This blog post is so helpful for inspiring others to try some great ideas. Carolyn

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