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Food Coloring, Milk, Dish Soap Experiment

As part of the 104 Days of Summer Fun, today’s activity is a Food Coloring, Milk, Dish Soap Experiment!

The kids thought this was really cool to see what would happen. And a weird thing happened to the plates once we were done that I thought was interesting.

milk experiment ingredients

Supplies needed:

  • dinner plate {we used paper plates for less mess, but it really wasn’t a good idea because it was hard to move afterwards without spilling milk. so either use real plates or less milk}
  • food coloring
  • dish soap
  • q-tips

milk experiment 4


  1. Pour milk into plate
  2. Have kids place one drop of each of 4 different food coloring in the center of the dish.
  3. dip one end of the q-tip into the dish soap and then place it onto the plate. Try not to swirl too much yet.
  4. See what happens 🙂

milk experiment 3 milk experiment 2 milk experiment 1

Oh and since we used paper plates something cool happened when I rinsed the plates off the original drops of color remained on the bottom of the plate!

bottom of plates


104 summer fun activities for kids

See More of the 104 Days of Summer Fun here

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