Some of our favorite activities also happen to have the simplest ingredients behind them. Shaving cream painting is one example. Iceberg animals is another. But seeing as it’s winter in Vermont and -8F outside, we needed something fun and easy to do inside today. The answer? Milk art.
For this activity everything you need is likely in your kitchen already. In fact, you only need 4 things: a shallow container, whole milk, food coloring and dish soap.
To start, pour whole milk into an enamel or glass dish. You only need enough milk to completely cover the bottom of your dish. Then set out a handful of food coloring bottles (small bowls with droppers are another option) and a small container of dish soap.
Next, ask your child to squeeze droplets of food coloring into the milk. As you can tell from the photo above, the munchkin thought this was pretty cool! He liked seeing the intense color droplets splash into the milk, dissipate and mix with other colors. But the best was yet to come.
When your child thinks there is enough color in the milk, ask them to pour the dish soap into the dish. Ideally they should pour the soap into a very colorful section of milk. Don’t ask me why , but for some reason doing this creates a crazy reaction between the soap and the fat in the milk. The colors start moving and swirling all over the place! It’s like you have a dish full of color come to life. We did this activity 5 times in a row before I was able to talk the munchkin into saving some food coloring for next time. :)
Since it’s kinda difficult to capture how the colors move in a photo, check out the YouTube video below. I found this on another mama’s blog! She was also having fun with milk art. You know you want to try it now too.
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