Glowing Oil & Water Experiment

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My girls love science, and they also love things that glow!

This week I have been having a blast combining the two for them!  Today, I set up a glowing oil & water experiment, and the results were amazing!  Rosie and Jewel didn’t want to stop exploring, and even I was left in awe!

OIL & WATER
SCIENCE FOR KIDS

AMAZING KID SCIENCE:  Glowing oil & water experiment.  My kids were in awe!
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We had so much fun with this experiment!  Your little scientists really must give this one a try.  Are you ready to see how?

Materials

 Note:  For the best effect you will want to use a blacklight for this activity. My girls love using these super cool flashlights.  We also have a blacklight fixture that we often use.  I also recommend these uv-safety glasses.  My girls love wearing them, and they will protect kids eyes if (or shall we say when) they shine the lights at each other. 

Method

Making the glowing water colors
  • Add a teaspoon of glowing paint to a bowl, using one bowl for each color of glowing water that you wish to make.
  • Fill the bowls with very warm water and mix until the paints dissolve into the water.
  • You will now have a variety of glowing waters to use for this experiment!
AMAZING KID SCIENCE:  Glowing oil & water experiment.  My kids were in awe!
Pretty cool, right?

Now, the experiment can begin!

Have children use a pipette or small straw to drop the colorful waters into their container of oil

AMAZING KID SCIENCE:  Glowing oil & water experiment.  My kids were in awe!
As kids drop the water into the oil the water will bead up and create beautiful effects

AMAZING KID SCIENCE:  Glowing oil & water experiment.  My kids were in awe!

No matter how much colored water is added the oil and water will not mix!  Isn’t that cool science?

AMAZING KID SCIENCE:  Glowing oil & water experiment.  My kids were in awe!

Rosie loved playing and exploring with the liquids and couldn’t resist touching and chasing all the beautiful beads of color.

The Science Behind the Fun
For older kids you can talk in detail about the densities of the two liquids and why they do not mix.  I explained this to Rosie in light detail given her age, and we mostly just focused on having FUN! 

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Note:  These are the glowing paints that we use in our activities.  The blacklight flashlights that we use can be found on Amazon here.

AMAZING KID SCIENCE:  Glowing oil & water experiment.  My kids were in awe!

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