My kids love Science, and they LOVE Christmas. Today, I combined the two with a fun Christmas science experiment.
Santa's Magic Milk
Experiment for Kids
Have you ever tried the magic milk experiment ? We have and Rosie and Jewel loved it so much I knew that they would love to try it again. Nothing says Santa like a tall glass of milk and cookies, so we turned our magic milk into magical Santa milk.
- Whole milk or half and half
- Green & red food coloring
- Dish soap
- A popsicle stick
- A shallow dish or pie pan
Line a shallow dish with milk. We used a clear pie pan. Add a drop of peppermint extract to the milk if scent is desired. Add glitter to the milks surface. Then, add a small drop of food coloring on each outer pie forth like this
Discuss how the food coloring sits on top of the milks surface. Given Rosie's age I just had her make the observation without going further into the Scientific explanation.
Next, take the popsicle stick and dip one end in dish soap, and then place that end right in the center of the milk. This is when the magic happens!
The colors will slowly begin to swirl and continue to swirl more and more. You will also notice all of the glitter jump to the outer surface- a great discovery! The glitter definitely added more Science to this experiment!
Rosie delighted in adding more food coloring and glitter throughout the experiment
I also dipped the Popsicle stick in dish soap a few different times to get the momentum going again. Once we took the Popsicle out the glitter mixed in with the milk and food coloring. Rosie had a blast splashing around in the magical milk, too!
This experiment was truly magical! I kept the scientific explanation light since my girls are still so young, but you can read more details about the science behind the magic milk experiment here.