Hi Friends! I wanted to share with you this fun experiment my daycare littles and I started on Monday! I saw a video on this floating around on Facebook the last week or so and thought we would give it a try. It was simple for me to set up and yet fun for them to watch.
To start you will need 7 clear cups or jars. I used 7 half pint mason style jars so the cats couldn’t tip them over! Yes, that happens in my house on a regular basis~Winkie has even mastered tipping the cup over just enough to get a drink then setting it upright again! We filled every other jar/cup with water, I filled them up about half way. Then use food coloring to color the water in the 4 jars/cups that have the water, we put 3 drops of color in each jar/cup of water. You can use any color you want but I’m thinking the liquid food coloring is your best bet compared to the gel food coloring.
Next we took paper towels and folded them in half and cut them and then folded them in half 2 more times the long way and then folded them in half to make a V shape. We then measured the height of the jars and cut the paper towels down so they would touch the bottom of the jar but so the point of the paper towel wouldn’t be sticking up to much. We put one end in the jar with water and the other end in the empty jar and repeated until the last jar. Each jar will have 2 ends of paper towel in them except the end jars that will just have one paper towel.
Now it’s time for the fun! Every hour or so the kids would come back to the table to see what our jars were doing. The water will start walking up the paper towels and will go to the jars that are empty. About 24 hours later our empty jars had water in the them that were colored with a mixture of the 2 jars on each side! This was a fun experiment and they were able to do some guessing on what the colors would be when 2 colors mixed together. It was also pretty mess free which is an added bonus for me when I’m taking care of 10 kids plus dealing with the cats wanting to drink from the jars!
Let me know if you try this experiment with your kids or grandkids!