Fun science experiments for kids in the kitchen

Fun science experiments for kids in the kitchen
Friday, April 17, 2015

Tags: Science projects for kids

We absolutely love having numerous public holidays in a month, because we get lots of time to spend with the kids. However finding new and exciting ways to keep them entertained is not always easy. To give you a helping hand we’ve found two messy, but really cool science experiments for kids that will get the whole family in the kitchen and loving every gooey minute.

1. Magic coloured milk science experiment for children

Kids are especially amazed when it comes to watching patterns grow and swirl.  So this magic coloured milk science experiment for kids is especially exciting for them, and it’s such fun for the adults to watch their little, amazed faces light up as the different colours start to move around. 

Required Materials

  • Milk
  • 2-4 different food colourants
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Earbuds

Steps

  1. Pour the milk into a shallow bowl or glass.
  2. Add small drops of the different food colourants into the milk.
  3. Submerge the earbud into the dishwashing liquid and then dip it into the milk and watch the food colouring swirl into a beautiful wheel of colours.
  4. Play around with the experiment by dropping the colours into different sections of the milk and move the ear bud around.

What causes the food colouring to swirl in the milk?

Milk and dishwashing liquid won’t mix together, instead the dishwashing liquid floats on top and spreads over the milk.  As the dishwashing liquid sweeps over, it picks up the food colouring. The molecules in the dishwashing liquid attack the fat in the milk, which causes the motion to create the swirl. Pretty cool don’t you think?

2. Edible, springy slime science experiment for children

This is definitely a favourite among the different science experiments for kids in the kitchen. Ever since Nickelodeon evented the green goo that they use on their TV show, every child has been dying to get their hands messy. Here’s a child friendly, edible version that you can experiment with at home with your child.

Required Materials

  • 500g corn flour
  • 2.5 cups Water
  • Food coloring
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds. (Optional if you would like a bumpy slime)

Steps

  1. Get the kids to mix the corn flour and the ¼ cup of seeds in a large bowl. 
  2. Mix the food colouring and water together in a different bowl. The amount of food colouring to use is based on preference. If you would prefer a darker colour than use more, and vice versa.
  3. It’s time to get the kids hands dirty. Pour the coloured water into the cornstarch and seed mixture and let them knead the mixture with their hands.
  4. This should take about 5 minutes to get the perfect slime. The seeds will start absorbing the water and the mixture will begin to thicken. 
  5. Once the gooey slime has thickened and is consistent it’s time to get messy….

We hope these two child-friendly, entertaining science experiments for kids will help to keep them away from the TV and have some fun in the kitchen. 

  • Magic milk science experiment for kids
  • Edible,springy slime science experiment for kids

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