Magic Milk

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Magic Milk!

Ever wanted to feel like you’re magic? This quick and interesting DIY might help.
 
Materials:
  • A bowl
  • Full cream milk
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Food colouring
  • Eye dropper
  • Toothpick or cotton bud

What to do:
  1. Fill up your bowl with milk.
  2. Use your eye dropper to put some drops of food colouring in your milk. The more colours, the better!
  3. HANDY HINT - Try to keep your bowl as still as possible. You can ruin the experiment if you bump it too early!
  4. Predict: What do you think will happen when we add the detergent to the milk?
  5. Watch what happens when you put a drop of detergent into your milk. (You could also dip a cotton tip or a toothpick into the detergent). Your milk should start swirling around creating some cool coloured effects! Try blowing gently into your coloured milky mixture. What happens?
  6. Hypothesise: Have a think… Why does the milk start moving?
 
What’s going on?
This classic experiment gets some amazing results! When the detergent is added to the milk, it causes a chemical reaction! The detergent reacts with the fats and proteins inside the milk and creates little moving currents. These moving currents then drag the food colouring around in a swirly, circular motion. The food colouring helps us observe a phenomena that is typically not visible to us.

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