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3 Awesome Science Experiments That Will Not Destroy Your Kitchen

My kids are always begging to do science experiments (AKA completely destroy the kitchen), so I wanted to come up with three involving color and density that they hadn’t seen before (you can only do so many erupting volcanos).  They loved ’em and cleanup was (relatively) easy.    

1.  Rainbow Density

Please adjust measurements based on how big your bottle is, but the idea is add the liquids from most dense on the bottom to the least dense floating on top for a pretty awesome rainbow. As a fun twist (I’m actually going to say this is mandatory) add glitter and watch it try to break through the layers. 

2.  Magic Potion

Pour milk onto a paper plate and add a few drops of food coloring onto the milk. Dip a q-tip into liquid dish soap and touch the milk with the q-tip. The dish soap breaks apart and dissolves the fat in the milk, so you get super pretty swirl.  And just when you think it’s settled, it starts swirling again! Sort of awesome. Sort of creepy. 

3.  Oil & Water Beads

This one is so simple! Just have the kids drop the colored water into the oil with pipettes and little beads of color form. This works because water molecules are more attracted to each other than to oil so they don’t dissolve! 

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Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (8, 6, 3). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.