Walking Water Science Experiment
The Summer Challenge: Day 9
Not all children’s science experiments need to be complicated. Sometimes, it’s the the simplest ones that amaze them the most. We decided to learn about absorption and how water can “walk” from one cup to the next. Plus, with using the colored water Shawn got to see how color mixing works. Granted, he already knew that blue and yellow makes green but it’s still neat to see in person.
It’s obviously a very simple set up: We took 3 glasses of water and placed paper towels between them. The water started moving quickly from the colored cups into the empty middle cup.
As the water moved into the middle cup, we noticed that the blue water was moving rapidly, compared to the yellow. The only difference was the water temperature. The blue cup had ice cold water in it and the yellow had lukewarm water. We didn’t think it would make any difference, and maybe it doesn’t but it was great for Shawn’s observation skills. If anyone knows if the water temperature could cause this, please let me know!
We left it alone for a few hours and it had practically evened itself out. It was really neat to see the water travel from the outside cups and into the middle one.