Monday, February 21, 2011

Fun with Food Dye

Today we bring you....

How fun is that? Anyone else want a little color to brighten up the last bit of winter?

I first saw this idea on my personal friend and fellow-blogger Lyndee's blog and last week we shared it on Not JUST a Housewife.

I turned the whole thing into a science lesson about hydrophobic and hydrophillic molecules, where we learned about attraction and repulsion (my inner scientist coming out), but you could very easily turn it into a lesson about how soap works to wash our hands, or you could just have fun because it looks really cool. :)

Want to have fun with your kids today? Here's what you do.

1) Get some milk (preferably whole, but I used 1% with satisfactory results).
2) Pour the milk into a baking dish or shallow bowl.
3) Apply drops of food coloring.
4) Completely not necessay, but I also poured some cooking oil in the milk to demonstrate how oil and milk don't mix. The oil also looks cool when you dip the soap in it.
5) Now get your cotton swab and dip it into some soap (hand soap, dish soap, whatever).
6) Dip your soap-saturated cotton swap into the food dye or into the oil and watch what happens!

You'll be amazed at how quickly things will happen. 

What fun pretty colors you can make!

Have fun playing with your kids today.


Here's where we're linkin' up.


  1. You guys are so much fun! My boys will love this, can't wait to try it. :)

  2. love it another great thing to do is to make crazy bread not as easy as this but it is fun to make and great tasting as well

  3. My kids would love this! Now I just have to get brave enough to risk the mess :)

  4. Neat idea! I'll bet your kids had fun ;)

  5. How cute! What a fun idea!

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  6. That is really cool. It's like science & art combined. The images are beautiful! Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday.

  7. What a great tutorial, and fun activity for the kids!

    I'd love to have you link your kid-inspired ideas at my For the Kids Fridays link party.


  8. So fun!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to For the Kids Fridays at


  9. I love the simplicity of science sometimes! lol - I just wish I knew more about it so I could come up with this stuff! This is great!

    I'm excited to feature this on my weekly High Five! - but this week is a special High Ten! because I'm behind and couldn't narrow down the choices.

    High Ten! Friday

    Thanks for the great idea!
    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow


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