Dancing Milk Experiment

Dancing Milk Show

A popular experiment among young scientists, a dish of milk is made to dance through a rainbow performance! Follow these simple steps to create the magic!

Duration: 5-10 minutes

First, the experimenters must gather a list of items for the activity.


You will need:

  • Milk
  • Cotton swab
  • A dish
  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Dish soap/ liquid
  • Food Coloring (include a variety of colors for greater effect)


Pour 1 or 2 cups of milk into the dish. It looks normal for the moment, nothing to see here. Keep pouring until you cover the bottom of the dish.


Drop some food coloring onto the rims/edges on the surface of the milk. Get creative, use a wide variety of colors to produce a psychedelic display.


Now, dip your cotton buds into dish soap or cleaning liquid. Ensure the tips are moistened. This will be the ‘’choreographer’’ of the dance.


Using the dipped cotton swab as your ‘’choreographer’’, touch the surface of the milk and watch the colors come together in an impressive dance. Swirl the cotton bud to mix the colors together, forming your very own visually-stunning dairy art piece.

Additional Activities:

The fun and learning do not stop there. Try involving the young scientists with investigative play, mixing basic hues to form secondary colors.

Form whacky shapes with the cotton swab, the sky is the limit! Switching the dish out for a rectangular container might create a different effect, try it!


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