Oil and Water exploration

 
Contributed by : Ravina Sewani   
Oil and Water exploration

Significance:

This activity will introduce the concept of attraction between molecules in science to your child.

Things you will need: baby oil or vegetable oil, watercolours or food colouring, pipettes or droppers


How to:

With the help of your child, set the activity as follows:

  1. Take several cups of water and mix different watercolours or food colour in them.
  2. Fill a cup up to half way with oil.
  3. Using different droppers take different coloured water from cups and drop them in the oil cup slowly.
  4. Observe - The coloured water droplets will settle at the bottom and will not mix with the oil.


Explanation:

For younger kids, there is no need of a detailed explanation. For older kids, you can explain them that oil molecules are only attracted to other oil molecules and water molecules are attracted to water molecules. So they don’t mix together. The reason the coloured water droplets settle at the bottom is because water is more dense than oil.




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