Frosty the snowman is back, and he loves science too! Winter science is a great opportunity to explore our Frosty’s magic milk science project with the kids for fun theme science this season. Try some simple science regardless of the weather outside!
MILK AND FOOD COLORING EXPERIMENT
SIMPLE MILK SCIENCE PROJECT
Simple science can be explored all year round with fun themes to make it new and engaging each time! Even something as simple as adding a cookie cutter creates a sense of excitement for young kids. Winter science experiments are perfect for easy indoor activities for those cold winter days.
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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 more chemistry activities here.
COLOR CHANGING MILK EXPERIMENT
If you want to make this truly a science experiment, you need to change one variable. What variable could you change? The type of milk?
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YOU WILL NEED:
- Full Fat Milk
- Blue Food Coloring
- Dawn Dish Soap
- Cotton Swabs
- Snowman Cookie Cutter (Snowflakes work too!)
HOW TO SET UP MAGIC MILK EXPERIMENT
STEP 1: 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.
Then place the snowman cookie cutter in the the milk.
Your kids will probably want to try this fun experiment over and over again!
STEP 2: Next you want to fill the top of the milk with drops of color! Go ahead and mix them all up.
You could also throw some glitter in there too, but that’s optional.
STEP 3: Pour a bit of dish soap into a small bowl. Next, touch your cotton swab tip to the dish soap to coat it. Then bring it over to your milk dish and gently touch the swab to the surface of the milk! What happens?
Make sure to read the science below to learn more about this cool chemical reaction between the milk and the soap.
Remember, you can repeat this simple color changing milk experiment with different types of milk. What happens? Do you get the same effect or does it change?
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THE SCIENCE OF COLOR CHANGING MILK
This magic milk science project gets it’s burst of color from chemistry…
The chemistry between the dish soap and the fat in the milk is what makes the magic happen. While some of the dish soap’s properties dissolve in the water, the other properties search out the fat of the milk.
Milk is made up of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats. When the soap is added to the milk is breaks apart the protein and the fats. 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 q-tip dipped in soap!
Turn it into a science experiment: Explore other varieties of milk including reduced fat milk, heavy cream, and even alternative milks!
MORE FUN WINTER EXPERIMENTS
EASY COLORING CHANGING MILK EXPERIMENT FOR KIDS!
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