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Milky Watercolour Fireworks

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A fabulous activity to highlight colour dispersion and mixing. A great group experiment!

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  • Step 1Place your light panel onto the work surface.
  • It may be useful to place a splash mat under the work surface to catch any excess liquids.
  • Step 3Place your tray on top of your light panel and plug it into the power point. Turn your light panel on.
  • Make sure the cord is not a trip hazard.
  • Step 5Carefully pour a layer of milk into your tray making sure the entire surface is covered. We suggest about 2cm in depth.
  • Step 6Squeeze small amounts of watercolour onto the surface of the milk using your paint pipettes.
  • Step 7Dip a cotton tip into dishwashing liquid.
  • Put the dishwashing liquid into a small bowl first.
  • Step 9Dip the cotton tip onto the paint spots in the milk and watch the milky fireworks!

Materials used in this activity

Paint Pipettes - Pack of 12
Product Code: 10699
EACH $4.39 (inc GST) $3.99 (ex GST)
6 or more $3.07 (inc GST) $2.79 (ex GST)          
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Ultra Bright LED Light Panel - A3
Product Code: 14924
EACH $219.99 (inc GST) $199.99 (ex GST)
3 or more $153.99 (inc GST) $139.99 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Exploration Light Tray
Product Code: 16620
EACH $87.99 (inc GST) $79.99 (ex GST)
2 or more $61.59 (inc GST) $55.99 (ex GST)          
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Cotton Tips - Pack of 600
Product Code: 19179
EACH $5.49 (inc GST) $4.99 (ex GST)
5 or more $2.74 (inc GST) $2.49 (ex GST)          
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