Potions Class

Week two, back at Hogwarts and we are working away in Potions Class.  Today we made “dancing colors” potion.  Well we were planning to make Sherbet but our potion’s cabinet was out of stock.  This Potions Master is falling down on the job.  This was a fun little potion to tide us over, until next time.

What you need

A jar

Warm water

Food coloring


a plate

Fill you jar 3/4 full with warm water.  Place 3-4 tablespoons oil (any will do, we used canola) in the plate.  Add drops of food coloring, we used about 4 drops of each color.  Stir up the colors and the oil.  Now pour the oil mixture slowly into the water.  Watch your potion come to life.

The simple science explanation is that the color sinks through the oil and the oil floats on top of the water because it is less dense.  When the color hits the water it will begin to expand and mix causing little “explosions” of color.

Thank you to I can teach my child, for this idea.  http://www.icanteachmychild.com/fireworks-in-a-jar/




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