Exploring with oil and water is a simple yet fun activity that my kids love. Whenever I am trying to get dinner on the table and the girls are melting down a tray of vegetable oil with pipettes and colored water on the side is my “go to” boredom buster. If you have five minutes you can set this up and keep the kids playing for hours!
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- Begin by filling a shallow dish with oil. We used baby oil here, but other oils will also work. Set this aside.
- In a cup combine 3-5 drops of food coloring with water and mix, using one cup for each color of water that you wish to make
- Give kids pipettes and have them squirt the varying colors of water into the pan of oil.
- What happens? The water and oil do not mix. Instead, amazing effects are produced!
No matter how much water is added to the oil the two liquids will not mix
Pretty cool, right? Rosie loved the way the water beaded up in the oil and had lots of fun creating varying patterns as she explored.
If you ever need to get dinner on the table, and the kids are hitting that “witching hour” keep this activity in mind. All you need are few common household items, and the kids will play for hours!