Patriotic density experiment

This is a neat science experiment for preschool and school-age students. The ingredients are as follows:

blue lamp oil

red Karo syrup

white milk

Pour a small amount of the blue lamp oil into a clear glass jar. Next, pour a small amount of the red Karo syrup in on top of the lamp oil. Finally, pour the white milk in the clear glass jar.

Watch as the 3 liquids take their places in the jar.

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6 Responses to “Patriotic density experiment”

  1. Judi Falen September 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    For the ‘red Karo’ just add red food coloring to a bottle of white corn syrup. KMart is a good source for the blue lamp oil (look in the home goods area where they have candles and hurricane lamps).
    To clean up, add dish detergent to emulsify the oil before cleaning up in hot water.
    Want to add more inquiry? Cover the glass with foil and have students predict what will be on top, what will be in the middle, and what will be on the bottom. Remove the foil to see the consistent density column: Red on bottom (most dense), oil on top (least dense) and milk in the middle!

  2. Brenna Phillips September 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Thank you, Judi, for adding to this description of the science project. Such a cool experiment.

  3. Susan Case September 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    LOVE this. Pinning it.

  4. Brenna Phillips September 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Wow. Thanks. I ‘liked’ your pin of it.

  5. Carrie October 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Oh, how neat!! You always have such great ideas! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  6. Brenna Phillips October 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Thank you so much. I am honored to receive this comment and compliment. I can’t take all the credit for my work, though. I have many colleagues and teammates with whom I work. Love them.

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