We saw this simple experiment and decided to give it a try. It was a simple way to take a short break from packing, check out how colors blend, and watch how oil and water interact with each other.
It’s very simple and you likely have everything you need already in your home.
Here’s what you need:
• A clear glass filled 3/4 of the way with water
• A small container with a little oil
• Different color food dyes
• A stir stick or spoon
1. In the oil, put a few drops of each color of food dye. We put 4-5 drops of each color.
2. Mix them together well.
3. Pour the oil/dye mixture into the water.
4. Watch what happens.
The oil and water will separate with the oil sitting on top. The food dye droplets will settle to the bottom of the oil and gradually break through to create streams of color in the water – similar to fireworks.
We were talking about primary and secondary colors in art. I had her point out the different colors and what they were.
We also discussed different liquids, their densities and that oils and waters do not mix together.
We did this a few different times to see what colors mix into what, watch the oil separate, as well as just watch the cool effect of the streamers of color fall through the water.
What kind of results did you get? We love to hear what you think!