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Walking Water Science Experiment for Kids

The Walking Water science experiment is a wonderful colourful and fun way to teach kids about absorption and mixing primary colours.

Things you will need:

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Things you will need
  • 7 clear plastic cups
  • water
  • paper towel
  • teaspoon to stir
  • food colouring: red, blue, yellow

What You Need to Do:

1) Line up the 7 cups filling every second cup with water

2) Drop food colouring into the cups as follows: both end cups red, one middle cup blue, one middle cup yellow.

3) Stir

4) Fold the paper towel square in half and then in half again – do this for 6 paper squares

Walking Water Science Experiments for Kids
Fold your paper towel like this

5) Carefully place the paper towel in each cup – one end in water, one end in the empty cup

Easy Kids Science Experiments - Walking Water
Place paper towel to form a ‘bridge’ to each cup

6) Wait for about 2 – 3 hours

7) When you return you will see the water has ‘walked’ over the bridges into the empty cups to form new blended colours

Easy Kids Science Experiments - Walking Water
After a few hours the water will ‘walk’ over the bridge

Watch our video to see the details of how to do this – click on the image:

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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