Today we’ve been very experimentally artistic. We did some painting, and then decided to make milk dance. It’s a fun thing to do, with older kids you can explain the science to whatever level you care (I have a 2-year-old, we watch it, and talk about how it’s pretty) – it’s all about the surface tension being broken by the dishwashing liquid which then carries the food colouring around. But, I’m getting ahead of myself…
How to make Milk Dance:
- shallow bottomed bowl (we used the wok)
- food colouring (2 or 3 colours)
1 – pour some milk into a shallow bottomed bowl. Wait for it to stop moving.
2 – add your food colourings (if you’re going for the science aspect then watch the colours, see what they do etc)
3 – add the dishwashing liquid – one drop in the middle. (You can question what they think it’ll do before adding)
4 – watch it dance.
5 – you can keep it going a bit longer by adding another drop or two, eventually you need to start again.
It’s really fun. However I don’t suggest you drop your phone into the potion while trying to take good photos of the swirls like i did – the splashes go really far!!!