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Science and Art: Marbled Milk Painting

by on Sep 26th, 2016

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Kids get fascinated with the simplest things. They love magic and discovery, which is why it’s always fun to do science experiments with them. So how about a science experiment which ends with a little art?

For our art and science combo, my co-teacher and I decided to let them have some fun with milk and food coloring.


What You Will Need:

  • Milk
  • Big and shallow container
  • Food coloring (more colors, more fun)
  • Q-tips
  • Copy Paper
  • Liquid dish washing soap


How to do it:

1. Pour enough milk in the container, just enough to cover the entire bottom


2. Place at least a drop per color of food coloring



3. Soak the tip of the Q-tip in the dish washing liquid and use it like a magic wand to make the colors disperse. You may also opt to directly place 1 drop a time of the dish washing liquid into the milk.



4. Watch the colors start to spread and move around on its own.


A simplified explanation from explains, “The dish soap does not mix with the milk. Instead it floats on top and spreads over the surface. As it spreads, it grabs the food colouring. Soap is a “degreaser” so the molecules in it are attacking the fat in the milk, causing motion which creates the swirling of the colours. Where the colours meet, they combine and form new colours.”

5. Grab some paper and carefully put it on top


6. Peel and reveal


My favorite thing about this activity was how in awe the children were as colors seem to keep “running away” (their words) from the Q-tips. We even pretended that they had magical powers to make the colors spin.

Have you tried this experiment? Do share how it went for you in the comments below! Happy painting!


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Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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