Color changing milk activity with bowl and other supplies

Color Changing Milk

Color Changing Milk

Topic: Science Careers

Empowerment Lesson Video: Science Careers


  • Bowls or shallow plate
  • Milk
  • Food coloring - using several different colors work best
  • Q-tips
  • Dish soap

Video Discussion:

Tell students they will be watching the video Science Careers. Explain that the video presents role models talking about why a career in science is very desirable and fulfilling.

After watching the video together, invite students to share specific things they learned about the different science careers featured in the video and to reflect upon their observations e.g., ‘I liked knowing that a career in science can lead to many other career opportunities.’

Activity Instructions:

  1. Pour the milk to cover the bottom of the bowl or plate.
  2. Add several drops of varied food coloring into the milk, a bit distant from each other.
  3. Put a bit of dish soap onto the q-tip.
  4. Dip the q-tip into the food coloring and hold it in place for 10-15 seconds as the milk separates and the patterns emerge.

Green bowl with milk and food coloring demonstrating science activity
Color changing milk step two with food dye color mixing
Color changing milk step three with food dye color mixing