The 4th of July is a few days away and I have a fun science experiment to help celebrate, Water Fireworks! This easy experiment is great for little ones and can be done with items found in your pantry. Using food coloring, oil, and water, a beautiful spectacle of colors is created which resembles fireworks! Your kids will have so much fun with this, they will be asking to do it over and over again.
What You Need:
1 Tall clear container
3 Tablespoons Oil – Olive oil or canola oil work great
Food Coloring (do not use gel based)
What To Do:
Fill your container with warm water a few inches from the top.
Pour 3 Tablespoons of oil into a low rimmed bowl. Add 2-4 drops of food coloring per color. Mix gently to break up the larger drops of food coloring.
Slowly pour the oil and food coloring mixture into the container.
Watch what happens as the food coloring separates from the oil and dissolves in the water.
Oil is less dense than water, so it will float on top of the container. Because the food coloring is heavier than the oil, it will begin to sink in the water. Once the food coloring begins to dissolve into the water, it creates a tiny explosion effect which resembles a firework.
As more of the food coloring drops and begins to dissolve into the water, the colors start to blend and create a swirling effect.
My 4-year-old loved this experiment and asked to do it several times. Each time we played around with different amounts of oil and food coloring.
It was fun to see how different the “fireworks” came out each time.
This is such a simple yet fun science experiment, that your kids are going to love!
Happy 4th of July!
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