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There is an exciting new service in the Denver area dedicated to providing hands-on and fun science education for children from preschool to fifth grade. Science Made Fun brings age appropriate, fun science experiments directly to your school, camp or party – no bus, no fuss!
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This is the kind of experiment we would do in the field that you can do right in your kitchen, using things that you already have. Show your kids on a micro level how dish soap works to clean up those dinner dishes.
Items needed: One half cup of milk, a shallow bowl, a cotton swab, dish soap and multiple colors of liquid food coloring (do not use gel, it sinks).
- Directions: Place the bowl on a stable surface, pour the milk in the bowl and put a drop or two of each color in different areas of the milk. The food color should remain on the surface of the milk, but if it doesn’t it is either too heavy or the milk’s fat content is too low. Put a drop of dish soap on the cotton swab and touch the soaped end to any of the colors to see the effect. Do this with each color to see the lovely “exploding colors”.
- How to explain it: Milk has fat in it, invisibly bonded together, allowing the food coloring to float on top of the fat. Think of it like the little bits of fat all holding hands with each other, supporting the color drops. Dish soaps are great on greasy or oily dishes because it breaks the bonds in fats allowing them to separate. When you add the dish soap to the milk, the fat separates and moves, allowing your colors to expand.
Through exciting hands-on experiments Science Made Fun programs are thoughtfully designed to stimulate young minds, activate students’ innate curiosity and nurture each child’s budding imagination. Alongside our team of professionals, students are guided through the learning process, becoming REAL scientists performing REAL experiments!
Find more experiments to try at home or view our science education programs at ScienceMadeFunKIDS.