We have seen around the web images and videos with experiments with milk and food coloring but haven’t tried it before today!
It was so much fun for both of my daughters that we had to repeat this little experiment 3 times! In the end, they had to try to feel it with their hands so we had some colored hands, not just milk!
If you haven’t done this before, you should give it a try! It’s really easy to set up and effects are amazing!
If you have never done milk marbling before this is what you’ll need:
Simply add milk in a bowl to cover the bottom, then add few drops of food color, dip a q-tip or toothpick in a dish soap, stick in a milk and watch the magic!
On a picture above you can see our setup for this activity. We placed a towel under the bowls just in case some of the milk would end outside of the bowls. Girls had lots of fun playing with q-tips and watching color escaping and mixing. As I mentioned we had to fill in our bowls 3 times with milk and do this experiment again because, after some time, all the colors would blend in a greenish-blue shade.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a full experience if my daughters wouldn’t dip their hands into colored milk and see if they could mix the colors with their hands. For an end, my older daughter came with an idea to freeze this mixture but we’ll get to that some other time… Now, would you try milk marbling? Or have you done it before?
To get a bit more background about the importance of sensory play, we recommend you to read book Sensory Bins: the What, the How & the Why. It has basics covered with many play ideas, all in easy to understand language (for parents like me!). Another great book to check is 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1-5. Packed with fun things to do with toddlers and preschoolers!
In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with the different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.