Colour Changing Water

Watch the children’s faces when they discover that they can make the colour in the water disappear! All you need to make this happen is:

  • 3 clear cups
  • 3 different food colourings
  • A little bit of bleach
  • Water
  • Dropper
  • Gloves
  • A stirrer

First, half fill each of the 3 cups with water and add a different colour food colouring to each. Then, using a dropper, add a few drops of bleach to each cup. Using the stirrer, stir away the colour.

Please ensure the safety of the children doing this experiment as it involves bleach. Make sure there is close adult supervision at all times and use the appropriate protective equipment (we used gloves).

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Volcanic Eruption

Please take care when conducting this science experiment. Keep children far back and ensure that you use appropriate protective equipment. This is our second volcanic eruption experiment. You can find our first one here:

https://1ststeps.blog/2019/07/10/glitter-volcano-eruption/

The ingredients you will need for this volcanic eruption are:

  • a tablespoon of dry yeast
  • 12% peroxide
  • 3/4 cup of warm water
  • food colouring
  • plastic bottle
  • 2 cups
  • spoon
  • gloves
  • dish soap

First, fill a cup 3/4 of the way with the peroxide and pour into the bottle. Add a squirt of dish soap and a few drops of food colouring. Add the yeast to the warm water and stir until dissolved. Then add to the mixture. Give a gentle shake to start the eruption.

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Snow Storm in a Jar

So many children’s science experiments fail. They don’t always do what they are claimed to do on some blogs. However, this one has guaranteed great results.

All you need is:

  • Baby oil
  • White ready mix paint
  • 2 x soluable tablets
  • Jar
  • Water

First, fill half the jar with the baby oil. Then fill the rest of the jar up with water. Cover the bottom with a thick layer of the paint. Then pop in 2 soluable tablets. Give the mixture a little stir. Watch as the mixture starts to rise up in blobs then drop back down like snow.

This is so easy it can be done at school, nursery and at home.

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Magic Milk

This is a simple experiment just using food. You can just watch how the colour disperses or manipulate the pattern by swirling with a cotton bud.

All you need for this experiment is:

  • A foil tray
  • Milk
  • Food colouring
  • Some cotton buds
  • Droppers

First, pour some milk into the foil tray. Then, using Droppers, drop some food colouring into the milk. This is more effective if you use different colours. Then either just watch what happens or use the cotton buds to swirl the food colouring in the milk (children prefer this idea).

Just 2 ingredients!

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Glitter Volcano Eruption

This is a ‘pretty’ science experiment, hence the involvement of glitter. Everything is more fun with a bit of glitter! Watch a volcano eruption before your very eyes!!

All you need is:

  • Glitter
  • Baking powder
  • Food colouring
  • Droppers
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Bowl

Firstly, empty some baking powder into a bowl. Using the droppers, add some food colouring to the baking powder. Then sprinkle on some glitter. Next, add some distilled vinegar to the food colouring drops with the droppers. Watch as the concoction starts to erupt!!

Shake that glitter!!

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Walking Water Experiment

Here is another really easy science experiment to do at home with the children or with your children at nursery or school. It is simple and cost effective. It also provides children with great problem solving skills as ingredients used may need to be swapped out for better results. For example, we used kitchen roll in our science experiment and we did have to be quite patient to see the results. However, I have since researched that other materials such as wet wipes may produce better and quicker results.

All you need for this experiment is:

  • 3 clear glasses
  • food colouring (2 different colours)
  • material such as tissue to transfer the water from the glasses

First, place the glasses side by side with a little gap. Then fill them with water. Put some food colouring into the two end glasses but leave the middle one clear. Make sure you use different colour food colouring for each of the end glasses to see that the water has transferred. Roll some tissue longways then put each end into the glasses that are next to each other. As the material absorbs the water, it should travel from one glass to the next.

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Skittles Experiment

This is a very popular experiment that you see splashed all over Pinterest and it is no surprise given how cheap and easy it is with great results. Plus, you can still eat the Skittles afterwards! YUM!

All you need is

  • A bag of Skittles
  • A plate (we used white paper plates)
  • A jug of water

First, arrange the Skittles around the outer edge of the plate. Then pour some water onto the Skittles. Watch how the water travels to the middle of the plate fetching with it different colours from the Skittles.

Easy and tasty!

The children loved this experiment and gave it a big Thumbs up👍

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