My girls love science, and they also love things that glow. This week I have been having a blast combining the two for them! Today, I set up a glowing oil & water experiment, and the results were amazing! Rosie and Jewel didn't want to stop playing and even I was left in awe!
OIL & WATER
SCIENCE FOR KIDS
For All the Best Kid Activities
- Baby oil or vegetable oil
- Pie pan (or similar)
- Rainbow glow water
- A blacklight (optional but recommended)
Note: You can use glow-in-the-dark paint to make glow in the dark water or fluorescent paint to make water that glows under UV light. Full tutorial here.
Fill a shallow container with the oil of your choice. I prefer to use baby oil, because it is clear. Then, set out all the glowing water colors you wish to use
Now it is time to experiment! Have your child use a pipette or small straw to drop the colorful waters into the pie pan of oil
As kids drop the water into the oil it will bead up and create beautiful effects
No matter how much colored water is added the oil and water will not mix! Isn't that cool science?
Rosie loved playing and exploring with the liquids and couldn't resist touching and chasing all the beautiful beads of color
For older kids you can talk in detail about the densities of the two liquids and the Science behind why they do not mix. I explained this to Rosie in light detail given her age, and we mostly just focused on having FUN!
Bonus: Once kids are done playing you can pour the contents of the pie pan into a tall skinny glass or vase and make a glow in the dark lava lamp! Two Science experiments in one- TOO FUN!
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