How To Do The Magic Toothpick Science Experiment
We are in the dead of winter over here. Which usually means trying to entertain the kids with indoor activities, one of our favorite things to do when stuck at home is science experiments.. My kids love science experiments! They especially love the magic toothpick experiment! It’s so easy to do and I always have the supplies on hand. This is the perfect easy science activity for preschoolers, toddlers, and basically all the kids!
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Magic Toothpick: Easy Science Activity for Preschoolers
One of my favorite things about this easy science activity for preschoolers is that it only requires a few supplies, and I always have them stocked up in my house!
To do the magic toothpick experiment you will need to first gather all of your supplies.
You will need:
- Dish Soap
- Food Coloring
- Shallow Bowl
Perform The Experiment
Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to have fun with this easy science experiment! I promise you won’t mess this up, and your kids will love it!
First, pour some milk into a bowl. I like to use a wide shallow container. A pie tin would work great, or anything you happen to have on hand.
There isn’t an exact measurement for milk, I just usually pour enough milk in to cover the bottom of the container
Next, choose a few colors of food coloring. This is a fun part for kids to help with! They love choosing their favorite colors!
Today my son chose red, green, and blue. Now, drop a few drops of the chosen color of food coloring into the milk. Try to spread out the spots where you put the food coloring, so that it covers different areas of the milk. But, don’t drop in to many that it covers to much milk.
Now comes the fun “magic toothpick” part! Pour a small amount of dish soap into a small, separate bowl.
Get out a toothpick and dip the toothpick into the dish soap. With the dish soap on the toothpick the science experiment is ready! I like to tell my kids the toothpick is now magic…..but, really it’s science! So you choose how you want to explain this next part!
Using the soap side end of the toothpick, lightly touch the drops of food coloring you have in the milk.
The colors will spread and make beautiful designs. Keep touching the food coloring until it is completely spread throughout the bowl. Your kids will be sure magic is happening right before their eyes!
Then, you can dump out the milk and repeat the process all over again! My kids can’t get enough of this activity!
Have Fun With Your Kids
Kids grow so fast!!!! These sweet, special memories you can make with them now will be something you look back on forever! My daughter use to always ask me to do a science experiment with her every day…..and I got tired of it at times. But, now that she is 13….I miss it so much!
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