We love classic science experiments like magic milk are so much fun to introduce to young kids. Any type of chemical reaction is fun to watch and makes for great hands-on learning. This is the perfect science experiment you already have all the items for in your kitchen! That’s why we call it kitchen science!
MAGIC MILK IS A MUST TRY SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!
We love super simple science that we can pull out on a rainy afternoon (or in any weather). That’s why we are working our way through some great classic science experiments.
No two magic milk science activities will ever be the same! We have done this one so many times with so many themes even for Christmas! It’s an explosion of color in your dish. Think fireworks and cool chemistry!
Kids are curious creatures and sharing fun and simple science activities at home or in the classroom is just another way to spark the fun in learning. We prefer to keep our science playful too.
WHAT IS CHEMISTRY?
Let’s keep it basic for our younger or junior scientists! Chemistry is all about the way different materials are put together, and how they are made up including atoms and molecules. It’s also how these materials act under different conditions. Chemistry is often a base for physics so you will see overlap!
What might you experiment with in chemistry? Classically we think of a mad scientist and lots of bubbling beakers, and yes there are reaction between bases and acids to enjoy! Also, chemistry involves matter, changes, solutions, and the list goes on and on.
We will be exploring simple chemistry you can do at home or in the classroom that isn’t too crazy, but is still lots of fun for kids! You can check out some more chemistry activities here. Check out the video! You can never recreate the same look twice.
HOW TO SET UP A MAGIC MILK SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
If you want to make this truly a science experiment where you are adding a bit of scientific method to your activity, you need to change up one variable. You can learn more about the scientific method here. What variable would you change? The milk maybe?
Full Fat Milk
Dawn Dish Soap
MAGIC MILK SET UP
Start by pouring your milk into a baking dish or other flat bottom surface. You don’t need a lot of milk just to cover the bottom and then some.
Your kids will probably want to try this one over and over again!
Next you want to fill the top of the milk with drops of color! Go ahead and mix them all up. Go ahead and throw some glitter in there too, but that’s optional.
Now pour a bit of your dish soap into a bowl, touch your cotton swab tip to the dish soap to coat it. Bring it over to your milk dish and gently touch the surface of the milk with the soapy cotton swab! What happens?
Make sure to read the science below to learn more about this cool chemical reaction between the milk and the soap.
Remember each time you try magic milk it will be a little different. It’s a fun fireworks activity for 4th of July or New Years!
SIMPLE MAGIC MILK SCIENCE INFORMATION
Milk is made up of minerals, proteins and fats. Proteins and fats are susceptible to changes. When the dish soap is added to the milk, those molecules run around and try to attach to the fat molecules in the milk.
You wouldn’t see this with out the food coloring! The food coloring looks like fireworks because it’s getting bumped around!
The soap heads for the fats creating the cool bursting of color. When there is no more movement, all the fat molecules have been found. Are there any more hiding?
Try another cotton swab dipped in soap!
WHY IS SCIENCE SO IMPORTANT?
Kids are always looking to explore, discover, check out, and experiment to find out why things do what they do, move like they move, or change like they change! Indoors or outdoors, science is definitely amazing!
Science surrounds us, inside and out. Kids love checking things out with magnifying glasses, creating chemical reactions with kitchen ingredients, and of course exploring stored energy! Check out 35+ awesome science projects to get started.
There lots of easy science concepts that you can introduce kids to very early on! You might not even think about science when your toddler pushes a card down a ramp, plays in front of the mirror, laughs at your shadow puppets, or bounces balls over and over again. See where I am going with this list! What else can you add if you stop to think about it?
Science starts early, and you can be a part of that with setting up science at home with everyday materials. Or you can bring easy science to a group of kids! We find a ton of value in cheap science activities and experiments.
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