Oil & Water Science

Some of the best chances to learn happen in the kitchen! This super easy and incredibly kid friendly oil and water experiment combine the fun of playing with the science of what happens when oil and water are combined.


Several Glass Dishes
Cooking Oil
Paint Pipettes
Food Coloring


  1. Fill a glass dish 1/2 way with cooking oil
  2. Fill several other glass dishes with water and add food coloring to achieve your desired colors.
  3. Have the kids fill the paint pipettes with the colorful water and dribble it into the cooking oil.
  4. They will see that the oil and water do not mix. The colors stay concentrated where they were dropped instead of blending.

I loved doing this with my kids because it was easy to set up and clean up, it was economical with 4 kids and it was completely visually appealing for all 4 kids! If you have food coloring and cooking oil, you are all set! If you don’t have the pipettes that I used, a medicine dropper, a few straws, or even small spoons can create the same effect.

I love simple science experiments that we can try at home! With summer here, I would love to hear about some of your favorite science experiments for kids to inspire our summer learning! If you try this project, I hope you will share a pic with me on facebook!

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