Oil and Water Fireworks — Science Experiment

LD was itching to do some of his old science experiments this morning.  We had all of the directions collected on a 3X5 ring (from when we did them a year+ ago). LD leafed through and chose several experiments.

Here is the first one he and the girls did. It’s been over a year since we last did this experiment, but it still had a real “wow” factor for all of us. The kids each took turns doing it (LD did it four times!)

1) fill a glass jar with water
2) put 2 Tablespoons of oil in a pitcher and add 3 drops of food coloring each of red, yellow and blue (not too much or the color will drop out of the oils when you pour it into the water)
3) stir the oil and food dye well to break up the dye into small droplets
4) pour slowly into the water and after a few moments you’ll see the fireworks begin as the food dye slowly drops out of the oil suspension.

You can see we had a bit too much yellow dye, but all the other photos turned out blurry.
oil-and-water-fireworks-homeschoolden
 Here is some other pictures from when we did this experiment another time:
http://blogs.mydevstaging.com/blogs/homeschool-den/files/2012/04/P1170649fireworks1-140x150.jpg
http://blogs.mydevstaging.com/blogs/homeschool-den/files/2012/04/Fireworks-and-oil-water-675x374.jpg
We did a similar experiment with shaving cream that was just as spectacular! See this post: Shaving Cream Fireworks
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10 Responses

  1. Ohh we done this a few months back and it was so fun!!

  2. Ohh we done this a few months back and it was so fun!!

  3. I have never seen this one! Thanks!

  4. I have never seen this one! Thanks!

  5. My 15 year old will do this over and over just to see it. Thanks for them idea again.

  6. My 15 year old will do this over and over just to see it. Thanks for them idea again.

  7. Cheryl says:

    this is super fun….just did this with my very curious 6 year old!

  8. Cheryl says:

    this is super fun….just did this with my very curious 6 year old!

  9. Thanks sooo much! My kid is tryi g this for his science fair project.

  10. Thanks sooo much! My kid is tryi g this for his science fair project.

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